The 2018–19 Premier League season is just four games old, and already there’s a familiar feel to the top five. The only surprise is Watford in third place after four straight wins. In this post, we unpack the data from the Premier League season so far, look at the key points, and put together an early most valuable player (MVP) team.
If you want to win football matches, you need the ball. Just try taking the ball off champions Manchester City who carry a 71% possession rate, nearly a tenth more than the next most ball-carrying team Arsenal (61%). Second-placed Chelsea do not rely on the ball, with 55% possession, which places them sixth in the possession standings.
Chelsea and Manchester City are the pass kings, each with 89% pass conversion. Huddersfield Town’s Philip Billing tops the tackle chart with 17, while Chelsea’s Italy international Jorginho heads the distribution table with 417 passes in 360 minutes with 92% accuracy.
Using data from the first four matches, we can assemble this impressive side using a 3-5-2 formation:
- Alex McCarthy (Southampton): This is perhaps a surprise inclusion, but McCarthy has made 20 saves in the first four games, shipping just four goals. West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski and Burnley’s Joe Hart have made 21 saves each but conceded far more goals than McCarthy.
- Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City): The champions have conceded just three times this season with Laporte at the heart of defense. As well as chipping in with a goal, Laporte has completed more passes than any other defender (369) at 95% completion.
- Marcos Alonso (Chelsea): As well as averaging a healthy two tackles per game, the Spain international has made 289 passes and chipped in with a goal and two assists already this season.
- David Luiz (Chelsea): Leading distribution from the back at Stamford Bridge is David Luiz, with 349 passes with 91% accuracy. Along with Azpilicueta and Rüdiger, the Chelsea back four has conceded just three goals in four games, including two clean sheets.
- James Milner (Liverpool): Statistically, Milner is one of the best performing England players. This season he has contributed 308 passes at 89% accuracy, set up two goals, and scored one himself. Solid.
- Jorginho (Chelsea): As mentioned above, Jorginho’s pass rate has far surpassed any other player in the Premier League so far.
- Roberto Pereyra (Watford): The Argentine international’s early season form has helped his club to an unlikely top three position. He’s scored three goals in the process and eight dribbles. A real impact player.
- Jean Michaël Seri (Fulham): Instrumental in the Lilywhites’ impressive start to the season, Seri has made 307 passes at 91% accuracy, setting up one goal and bagging another himself. With an average of 2.3 tackles per game, he can also be trusted to track back.
- Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham): Off to a flyer with four goals already, the Serbian international will be pivotal in keeping Fulham up this year.
- Sergio Agüero (Manchester City): Three goals and an assist already for the City striker, with 90% pass accuracy helping in build-up play.
- Sadio Mané (Liverpool): Great start to the season for the Senegalese winger, with four goals and nine dribbles.
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