As we head into a new year, what have we learned with nearly half the Premier League season gone? In this post, we use the available data to pick our best all-round XI from the start of season 2018–19.
At MicroStrategy, we’ve been using player and team data provided by Opta from Europe’s top five football leagues, and using our own technology to create an up-to-date dossier on player and team form.
At the time of writing, we are 16 rounds into the Premier League season, and the following players have made it into our most-valuable player (MVP) XI for the season so far. I’ve gone for a classic 4-4-2 formation here:
- Goalkeeper—Allison (Liverpool): Liverpool has conceded just six goals this season, and with 36 saves, it puts the Brazilian keeper way out ahead of his peers as a safe pair of hands.
- Right-back—Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool): In addition to forming part of the Premier League’s tightest defense, the England full-back has set up two goals and netted one himself, completing 729 passes in the process.
- Left-back—Matt Doherty (Wolves): One of this season’s emerging stars, Doherty has been crucial to the Wolves’ mid-table position. The Irishman has scored three goals and had 23 shots at goal, more than some recognized strikers such as Brighton’s Glenn Murray or West Ham’s Javier Hernández. He’s also set up three goals for his teammates.
- Centre-half—Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal): Arsenal are up and running after a shaky start, and at the heart of the defense is the Germany national, Mustafi. He has made nearly 1,000 passes with 85% accuracy, averaged 2.1 tackles per game, and even chipped in with a couple of goals.
- Centre-half—Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion): Another Irishman is excelling at the back: it’s Brighton’s Shane Duffy helping the Seagulls continue to punch above their weight. Brighton has conceded less than any other side in the bottom half of the table, and Duffy’s three goals and an assist have been critical.
- Central Midfield—Felipe Anderson (West Ham): The Brazilian has flourished and is incredibly productive in the center of the park, with six goals and an assist, and nearly 700 passes. He also has an impressive tackle rate, averaging 2.4 per game.
- Right Midfield—David Silva (Manchester City): The Spanish playmaker pops up across midfield and has really been pulling the strings for the Citizens this term with Kevin De Bruyne injured, contributing five goals and more than 900 passes with an 89% accuracy rate.
- Central Midfield—Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton): The Icelander has been typically consistent this season, chipping in with six goals and two assists.
- Forward—Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal): The Gunners’ striker is into double figures for the season and has also laid on three goals as Arsenal recovered from an unsure start to challenge for top four.
- Forward—Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur): Kane continued his form from the World Cup to hit nine so far this campaign. Kane has also set up two other Spurs goals.
- Left Midfield—Mohamed Salah (Liverpool): The Egyptian’s phenomenal year continues with ten goals and four assists as Liverpool continues to tussle with Manchester City in what looks like a two-horse race for the title.
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