We seem to have gone from a time when statistical analysis meant the league table, top scorers and clean sheets to an absolute glut of information. You can spent an entire day reading about chances created, conversion rates, blocks, shots on target, shots off target, shots hitting the frame (normally Liverpool pieces), crosses, aerial duels and still not scratch the surface.
More often than not conclusions are drawn from the statistics and more often than not the writer can be accused of finding the data to fit his or her story.
I offer the following up based on nothing more than curiosity. It seemed to me that the teams involved in the relegation scrap had performed quite well this season against the top 6 teams and I wondered if there was a correlation between the top 6 and their records against the bottom six.
This then extended to how to top 6 and bottom 6 did against each other. Feel free to draw your conclusions. *The results are given in terms of points dropped and there remains one game between a top 6 side (Chelsea) and a bottom six side (Blackburn)and another between two in the bottom six – Wigan and Wolves.
Points dropped by top 6 against bottom 6 (*possible points 36)
Manchester City 0
Manchester United -6
Points dropped by top 6 against each other (possible points 30)
Manchester City -6
Manchester United -10
Points dropped by bottom six against top 6 (*possible points 36)
Aston Villa -31
*Blackburn Rovers -30
Points dropped by bottom six against each other (*possible points 30)
Aston Villa -13
Blackburn Rovers -21
Anything in the numbers that you find of interest?
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