Stats: Which of the promoted sides has made the most impressive start?

Premier League

Burnley, Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City have all made encouraging starts to life in the Premier League following promotion, but who has impressed most?

Leicester City were last season's Championship winners, and they have made a solid start to life back in the top-flight despite not winning a game yet.

An opening run of games against Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal could not have been much tougher, but Nigel Pearson's side will be delighted with two draws from those games.

Burnley have scored just one goal so far, but last weekend's draw with Manchester United should give the team confidence, despite the fact that United have yet to impress.

While Harry Redknapp's QPR are the only promoted side to win as they beat Sunderland at home on Saturday 1-0 in a game that also saw them score their first goal of the new campaign.

The three side's came into the new season knowing that they would be constantly tested at the back, and despite not picking up a clean sheet yet, the Foxes have probably been the best defensively.

  PlayedGoals ConcededClean SheetWon Tackle / playedTotal Clearance / playedAerial Won / playedOutfielder Block / played
Queens Park Rangers 3 5 1 13.67 31.33 17.33 5.00
Leicester City 3 5 0 15.67 31.67 17.33 8.33
Burnley 3 4 1 12.00 26.33 23.67 3.33

Considering they have played three of last season's top five, Leicester's five goals conceded so far is hardly embarrassing.

The Foxes have won more tackles and made more clearances per game than Burnley or QPR, whilst also making more blocks.

If they can stay solid at the back, Leicester should start keeping some clean sheets, especially at home.

Burnley kept their only clean sheet against Manchester United and the Clarets have won more aerial duels per game than Leicester and QPR, so they also look fairly solid in defence.

Redknapp's QPR shipped four at White Hart Lane in their second game, but they have looked a different side at home and Sunday's 1-0 win against Sunderland gives them a platform to build from now.

  PlayedGoalsTotal Scoring Att / playedAccurate Pass / playedBig Chance Created / playedPossession Percentage / played
Queens Park Rangers 3 1 15.33 276.00 1.33 41.00
Leicester City 3 3 8.67 235.00 1.00 34.67
Burnley 3 1 10.00 284.67 0.33 39.33

Going forward, the R's have made the brightest start as they have averaged over 15 shots per game, while creating more chances that Leicester or Burnley.

Burnley have made the most accurate passes with the ball, but have struggled to create many chances in and around goal.

Leicester have scored three in three so far, and they look to be in good shape despite recording the lowest possession figures up to this point.

All three club's have made encouraging starts to life in the Premier League following promotion, and they will all be optimistic for the season, and by bringing in players on deadline day, they will only be stronger when they return following the international break.

 

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