In this series, I will highlight specific players and teams from the gameweek just gone who either posted extremely promising or poor statistics. A lot of the focus will be directed towards players and teams who under/over performed on a weekly basis when comparing output against stats.
The xG Delta stat is the difference between actual goals and expected goals (xG). A high minus figure indicates underachievement and a high plus figure indicates overachievement.
Gameweek 4 Overachievers and Underachievers
Christian Pulisic (-0.77)
Marcus Rashford (-0.74)
Leandro Trossard (-0.65)
Todd Cantwell (-0.61)
Sergio Aguero (+1.66)
Jamie Vardy (+1.51)
Once again, Manchester United underachieved in relation to their xG after wasting yet more chances that should’ve been converted into goals. The Red Devils drew 1-1 away at Southampton but had an xG of 1.90 compared to Southampton’s 0.77.
Both Norwich and Brighton will be disappointed not to have scored at the weekend with respective xG’s of 0.88 and 0.84. The Canaries were not as sharp in front of goal as they had been in previous weeks, but squandered the few chances they created against West Ham.
Brighton, meanwhile, had one of the toughest fixtures in world football away at Man City, but showed a real intention of giving it a go. Their xG reflects this brave approach, and they should’ve been rewarded for their efforts as far as the stats are concerned.
Everton were victorious over Wolves by a scoreline of 3-2, however, their xG (1.49) was actually lower than that of Wolves (2.00).
Finally, Sheffield United clocked an xG of 0.99, but it saw the Blades score 2 goals and snatch a vital point at Stamford Bridge.
Gameweek 4 Key Stats and Positions
Total Goal Attempts
Defenders – Mina (3)
Midfielders – Pepe (7), Kouyate (6), James (5)
Forwards – Rashford, Lacazette (6), Aguero, Firmino (5)
Defenders – Alexander-Arnold, Maitland-Niles (3)
Midfielders – Milivojevic (6), Mahrez, Sigurdsson (5)
Forwards – Abraham (4)
Other Standout Stats
Top of the Stats – Last 4 Gameweeks
Defender – A. Smith (0.70)
Midfielder – Sterling (3.66)
Forward – Haller (3.08)
Defender – Digne (7)
Midfielder – Mount (14)
Forward – Firmino (17)
Shots Inside the box
Defender – C. Dawson (6)
Midfielder – Sterling (12)
Forward – Pukki (13)
Defender – Alexander-Arnold (14)
Midfielder – De Bruyne (16)
Forward – C. Wilson (9)