We compare the defensive stats of the relegation candidates to see who is struggling in certain areas.
The Premier League is proving to be highly competitive this season, at both ends of the table.
While Chelsea and Manchester City are battling it out for the title, and as many as six teams are fighting for the highly coveted final two Champions League places, the scrap to avoid relegation has proved equally captivating.
When it comes to relegation, it is often the teams with the worst defences that will ultimately suffer at the end of the season. Goals will keep you safe in the Premier League, while conceding them frequently will see you doomed. With that in mind, we decided to compare the defensive stats of the bottom seven.
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First and foremost, it is Burnley and QPR that lead the way when it comes to goals conceded, having let in 47 apiece, while Hull are the least open, having conceded just 37. However, it is Sunderland that leads the clean sheet chart having recorded nine so far this season, with Leicester bottom on just four.
Elsewhere, it appears Hull and Leicester are the best tacklers among the relegation candidates, registering 15 per game, although it’s a close race between all the sides with Burnley and Aston Villa the lowest on 12 per game and the rest only on 13 or 14.
Finally, it appears Sunderland are the worst at effective clearances, having registered a total of just 24 per game, with Leicester, their nearest challenger, on 30 and the leaders being Hull on 39. A worrying stat for Everton, though, concerns errors leading to goals, with the Blues having made 14 so far this term, considerably more than the rest of their relegation rivals.
So, it seems all of the teams are fairly close when it comes to the defensive stats, although Everton lead the way by some distance when it comes to errors leading to goals. Given how tight the bottom half of the table is, Evertonians will be hoping that stat doesn’t come back to haunt them at the end of the season.