Tottenham’s underlying statistics suggest their form cannot be continued

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Tottenham have been playing well, but it does not look as if it can continue.

Spurs have been in impressive form in recent weeks, losing just one of their last 10 games in all competitions, and their underlying statistics are ones which back up their incredible results.

They are ranking extremely high for their save percentage in the Premier League - thanks in a large part to Hugo Lloris’ exceptional skills in goal - and, in atypical Tottenham style, are fairly poor in front of goal, with one of the lowest conversion rates in the Premier League.

These base statistics are behind Tottenham’s run of form, and their change from a attacking outfit with a poor defence to a side who shutout the opposition well, only to struggle themselves in the final third.

However, whilst these numbers are impressive, judging by Premier League averages, there is almost no chance they can be continued at the current rate Spurs are managing.

The Premier League average save percentage generally falls at around 70%, and Tottenham are currently managing 82.7% - the second best in the league, behind local rivals Arsenal.

This is expected to fall in the coming weeks, as the season wears on and averages work themselves out, whilst it would be no surprise to see Spurs starting to score more to get in line with historical averages.

The average conversion rate generally falls in the mid-teens, but Spurs are currently only scoring with 8.3% of their shots - a tally that is not befitting of their current league form.

However, this worry should not be too large, as chances are still being created at an acceptable rate, and goals are sure to flow if Spurs continue to have attempts.

There is a statistically strange game being played by Tottenham right now, with Mauricio Pochettino building a successful side against all the general averages of the Premier League, and if they manage to keep bucking the averages there is no telling just how good they could be this season.

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