Premier League round 12 preview: the North London derby and a different look at the table

Here’s a preview for Round 12 of the Premier League. Not the H2H stats as ‘usual’ but a different look at the table. And OK, some stats for the North London derby: Arsenal – Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal – Tottenham Hotspur

Considering the entire history and all competitions and friendlies, both teams have met each other no less than 257 times. Arsenal is leading the head-to-head with 105 wins (41% of the games). The Spurs have won 92 times (36%), and there were 60 draws (23%).

The last and only time that the Spurs beat Arsenal at the Emirates was in 2011 when the home side gave away a 2-0 lead (2-3: Nasri, Fabregas / Bale, V/d Vaart & Kaboul). After that followed four wins for the Gunners (two times by 5-2) and a draw. Arsenal found the net at least once in their last 14 matches against Tottenham (all competitions).

Tottenham lost their season opener against Man United but did not lose any of their last 10 matches.That was all matches with Lloris in the goal. The Frenchman did not lose any of his last 12 Premier League games, since May 9th that is. Only three times they had a longer streak in the Premier League (since 1992), with their record being their unbeaten streak of 12 games in 2012/13.

The League Table

A week ago I wrote something about the amount of minutes that Liverpool have been drawing this season. In the following table I calculated this statistic (the time spent winning/drawing/losing) for all teams in this Premier League season:

Premier League table: time spent in certain game state (additional time of games is included)
Premier League table: time spent in certain game state (additional time of games is included)

As shown in the table Arsenal has been the team that has been leading a game for the most amount of time (448 minutes). Sunderland and Aston Villa are struggling at the bottom, but the most interesting case is Crystal Palace: they have only been winning for 152 minutes but did manage to get 5 wins. Although they gave a lead twice , like six other teams this league, the following shows that together with Arsenal and Arsenal they are the only team to have won all games in which they opened the score:

Premier League table: opening goal and result
Premier League table: opening goal and result

Also interesting to note is that Leicester City haven’t lost a single game in which they received the opening goal! It seems to be a good strategy to give away that first goal for them..

Than the last table; as all teams so far have had quite distinct fixtures the amount of points won might be a bit inflated or deflated. For that reason I added the sum of all the points of the opponents a certain team has played. In the column next to that only points are added when having won or drawn (50%) against that opponent:

Premier League table considering opponents defeated and drawn
Premier League table considering opponents defeated and drawn. *Team receives opponent’s points when won, half o their points when drawn.
Round 12:

Bournemouth – Newcastle
West Ham – Everton
Leicester City – Watford
Norwich – Swansea
Liverpool – Crystal Palace
Arsenal – Tottenham
Aston Villa – Man City
Sunderland – Southampton
Stoke City – Chelsea

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