Stats: The key area that will keep Leicester in the Premier League

Leicester City

Nigel Pearson has revealed why he sets his Leicester side up to attack so much.

The Foxes have netted 11 goals in seven games this season, with five coming in one miraculous performance against Manchester United.

Despite falling two goals behind on two separate occasions, goals from Leonardo Ulloa, Esteban Cambiasso, Jamie Vardy and David Nugent stole a memorable victory for the Foxes, and topping off the start of their return to the Premier League.

Pearson’s men have also netted a brace against Everton, and drew 1-1 with Arsenal, and they look keen to take the initiative in games, whereas fellow promoted sides Burnley and QPR look resigned to defend deep and hope to steal an occasional draw - resigning themselves to relegation.

Whilst Burnley have kept three clean sheets to Leicester’s lone shut-out, the Clarets have yet to win a game this season, and, whilst Pearson believes that clean sheets are important, he is wary with the clinical ability of forwards in the Premier League.

Speaking to the official Foxes website, Pearson said: “Clean sheets over the course of the season are going to win you a number of points. It’s also good for morale to be able to be in the knowledge you can play a tight game when required.

“For a side like ourselves we’re coming up against opponents who are a lot more clinical.

“We’re playing against players who are capable of scoring one goal from one chance – that’s where I suppose it’s a little bit different.

“You’re going to have to score enough goals to stay in any division and if that’s the emphasis that’s lopsided at the minute then it’s one that’s probably preferable than keeping clean sheets and being unable to score as well.”

Whilst Pearson is worried that he is facing sides that are more clinical than the Championship winners, he actually has the second most clinical side in the top flight.

  GoalsShots On TargetOn Target Conversion RateTotal ShotsTotal Conversion RateGames Played
Chelsea 21 43 48.8% 108 19.4% 7
Man Utd 13 31 41.9% 88 14.8% 7
Hull City 11 25 44% 75 14.7% 7
Leicester 11 23 47.8% 71 15.5% 7
Aston Villa 4 10 40% 52 7.7% 7

Just five sides have an on target conversion rate higher than 40%, with league leaders Chelsea 48.8%. What is surprising is that the Foxes sit in second place, converting just under half of their 23 attempts on target - or a ratio of 47.8%. They are more adept at converting chances than Premier League giants Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal, and they also sit second in overall conversion rate - including both on- and off-target attempts - with their 15.5% once again second to Chelsea’s 19.4%.

The Foxes ability at converting chances has been a key factor in their early season success, and they will be looking to extend their goalscoring form into the season proper. If they can, there is no reason for Leicester to slip back down to the Championship, and they may even be aiming for the sought-after European places at the top end of the Premier League table.

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