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Postby kazza » Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:46 pm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-5210125/Premier-Leagues-big-six-halfway-stage.html

Premier League's big six at the halfway stage: Arsenal are the mistake makers while high-flying Manchester City are the perfect passers
Manchester City are running away with the Premier League title at the moment
City won on Saturday, while Arsenal and Liverpool shared the spoils on Friday
Sportsmail takes a look at the Premier League's big six at the halfway stage...
By Kieran Gill for MailOnline
PUBLISHED: 21:48 GMT, 24 December 2017 | UPDATED: 21:48 GMT, 24 December 2017

As the season hits the halfway mark, with Manchester City making a mockery of the Premier League’s reputation as the most competitive in the world, the other five are all playing catch-up.

Game day No 19 has been and gone. City won again, while Arsenal and Liverpool shared the spoils as their defenders were caught thinking about what they wanted for Christmas.

Here, with the second half of the season officially kicking off on Boxing Day, Sportsmail has taken a look at the Premier League’s big six and handed out a few awards. Some wanted, some unwanted…



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THE MISTAKE MAKERS – Arsenal

As Alan Shearer said after Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Friday: ‘A great advert for the Premier League. Not a great advert for defending or goalkeeping.’

Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring by grabbing his first headed league goal in England. The red carpet was then rolled out for Mohamed Salah to make it 2-0. And Roberto Firmino was gifted a pocket of space for Christmas to score their third.

Liverpool’s defending to concede three themselves was also atrocious but Arsenal have shot themselves in the foot a few times this season.

Against Manchester United three weeks ago, Shkodran Mustafi was at fault for Jesse Lingard’s goal after dawdling on the ball. Then against Southampton, Charlie Austin scored after Per Mertesacker's careless pass gifted them possession.

And against West Ham, Javier Hernandez struck the crossbar because of a suicidal pass by Laurent Koscielny which could have cost them.

It can be Benny Hill-esque and, of the big six, Arsenal have made 16 errors that have led to shots from opponents. Eight of those led to goals. They are the mistake makers.

ERRORS LEADING TO SHOTS...

16 - Arsenal

9 - Man Utd

8- Tottenham

7 - Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City

ERRORS LEADING TO GOALS...

8 - Arsenal

4 - Tottenham

3 -Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd

1 - Chelsea




THE PERFECT PASSERS – Manchester City

POSSESSION

71.54% - Man City

62.52% - Arsenal

61.89% - Tottenham

59.81% -Liverpool

56.29- Chelsea

52.38% - Man Utd

Imagine, you’re a Bournemouth player, you’re at the Etihad Stadium, and Eddie Howe has told you the secret to stopping Manchester City is to press and allow them no time on the ball.

The game gets going and, all of a sudden, you’re trapped inside a Manchester City triangle. Three City players, passing between themselves, running you ragged like a piggy in the middle.

That is Pep Guardiola’s style. City have completed 13,768 passes this season in total – a solid 4,457 more than Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.

City’s accuracy is top of the table on 88.66 per cent too. Passing isn’t everything but who are we to argue when Guardiola’s side are looking like the kings of England?

As you may suspect, this puts City top for the Premier League's average possession (71.54 per cent) and United bottom of the big six (52.38 per cent).

TOTAL PASSES

13,768 - Man City

11,970 - Arsenal

11,203 -Liverpool

10, 735 - Tottenham

10,658 - Chelsea

9,311 - Man Utd

PASSING ACCURACY 

88.66% - Man City

84.23% - Chelsea

84.02% - Arsenal

83.91% - Tottenham

83.52% - Liverpool

82.14% - Man Utd





THE COUNTER-ATTACK KINGS – Liverpool

Liverpool have scored seven times from fast breaks this season – more than any other side in the top flight – and two of those came in their 5-1 beating of Brighton this month.

It was their third goal of the game which showed the absurd speed of Liverpool's counter after Simon Mignolet had made a save against Glenn Murray. Just 14 seconds later, they scored, with Firmino beating Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

If any visitors to Anfield have a corner, they best beware, because Liverpool know how to go from the back foot to the front in seconds.

With someone such as Salah, who takes joy in leaving defenders for dead, it makes it easier for Jurgen Klopp’s plan to be executed. They are the Premier League’s counter-attack kings.

GOALS FROM FAST BREAKS

7 - Liverpool

4 - Man Utd

2 - Man City, Tottenham

0 - Arsenal, Chelsea



LIVERPOOL'S FAST-BREAK GOALS

2 vs Arsenal (August 27)

1 vs Leicester (September 23)

1 vs West Ham (November 4)

1 vs Stoke (November 29)

2 vs Brighton (December 2)




THE TOP TACKLERS – Chelsea

And no, it is not just because they have N’Golo Kante.

Antonio Conte's Chelsea have managed a total of 245 tackles this season and won 1,082 duels – eclipsing all of England's other big clubs.

Of course, their ability to put up a fight did them little good at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Part of Everton boss Sam Allardyce’s Premier League survival mantra is to not lose possession in your own half because, simply, the opponent is then closer to your goal and with the ball.

Chelsea made 10 tackles in total against Allardyce’s team on Saturday but were unable to break them down, drawing 0-0 and making it feel like two points dropped in their pursuit of Manchester United.

After witnessing his team throw away a win at Leicester on Saturday night, Mourinho’s mood may not be improved by the news that they are bottom of the table for tackles on only 168.

The Premier League’s top three players for tackling, by the way, are Leicester’s Wilfred N’Didi (78), Everton’s Idrissa Gueye (69) and West Ham’s Pablo Zabaleta (59).

TACKLES WON 

245 - Chelsea

231 - Liverpool

214 - Arsenal

208 - Man City

194 - Tottenham

168 - Man Utd

DUELS WON

1,082 - Chelsea

1,024 - Arsenal

991 - Liverpool, Tottenham

984 - Man Utd

967 - Man City







THE SUPERB SHOOTERS – Manchester City

Manchester City, top of the table with 18 wins from 19 and scorers of 60 goals this Premier League season, are superb shooters. Who would have guessed?

City are the first English top-flight team to score 100 goals in a calendar year since Liverpool in 1982 (106). In the top flight, they have had a pop 341 times, with 146 of those on target.

With attackers on fire – such as Raheem Sterling, who has been involved in 16 league goals this season (scoring 12, assisting four) – they are flying.

What can come as a surprise from this list is that lethal Liverpool are not closer to City, or that they aren’t even second top for shots.

Liverpool have attempted 334 to Arsenal’s 337, though Klopp’s side tend to get them on target more often than Arsene Wenger’s.

SHOTS

341 - Man City

337 - Arsenal

334 - Liverpool

326 - Tottenham

297 - Chelsea

255 - Man Utd

SHOTS ON TARGET

146 - Man City

124 - Liverpool

120 - Arsenal

109 - Chelsea

107 - Tottenham

93 - Man Utd




THE NOT-SO-SUPERB SHOOTERS – Manchester United

As those tables above show, Manchester United are way off when it comes to actual art of bombarding opponents with shots.

Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham have all attempted at least 300 this season, while Chelsea are only three off that milestone themselves.

United have attempted a grand total of 255 – less than Crystal Palace. Of those, only 93 have been on target.

Romelu Lukaku is responsible for 58 of United’s 255 shots this season. Against Leicester, he attempted one, which was off target. Previously injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, an unused substitute at the King Power Stadium, is waiting in the wings.




THE BIG CHANCE CONVERTORS – Manchester United

Despite their lack of shooting, Manchester United top the Premier League for turning big chances into goals.

This may come as a surprise, given some of the opportunities squandered by Lukaku this season, with the £75million striker having a nightmare at Watford in November.

Not to mention the open goal that went to waste by Lingard against Leicester on Friday.

Yet the statistics state that more than half of their big chances have wound up with players in red celebrating (and Mourinho sat sulking on the substitutes' bench regardless). United sit top on 52.08 per cent, followed by Manchester City on 48.78 per cent.

As for shot conversion, that honour goes to City on 17.6 per cent, with United chasing them on 16.08 per cent.

It’s the wooden spoon for Arsenal with a big chance conversion of 35.29 per cent and a poor shot conversion rate of 10.09 per cent.

BIG CHANCE CONVERSION

52.08% - Man Utd

48.78% - Man City

45.45% - Liverpool

41.03% - Chelsea

40.91% - Tottenham

35.29% - Arsenal

SHOT CONVERSION RATE

17.6% - Man City

16.08% - Man Utd

12.28% - Liverpool

10.77% - Chelsea

10.43% - Tottenham

10.09% - Arsenal




THE LEAKY LADS – Liverpool  :glare:

Arsenal and Liverpool have both conceded 23 goals – as many as Brighton and only three fewer than bottom-of-the-table Swansea.

It was close between the two top-four chasing clubs, but Mignolet tipped the scales in Liverpool’s favour for this unwanted award.

Mignolet has made 23 saves in the Premier League this season – and conceded as many goals when between the sticks.

While the signing of Ederson has had a great deal of influence on Manchester City, Liverpool have been left with a problem in a pair of gloves. January beckons for Klopp and Co.

GOALS CONCEDED 

23 - Arsenal,Liverpool

18 - Tottenham

14 - Chelsea, Man Utd

12 - Man City



   

SHOTS ON TARGET THAT TURN INTO GOALS 

47% - Lee Grant, Stoke

45% - Simon Mignolet,Liverpool  :glare:

45% - Joe Hart, West Ham

42% -Jack Butland, Stoke

40% - Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield


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