West Bromwich’s 2016/7 campaign comes to a close at the Liberty Stadium this weekend. Here are five stats behind their season.
Goals – 42
West Bromwich Albion have enjoyed better fortune in front of goal this season – at least up until the end of February.
Only relegated Aston Villa (27) found the back of the net less times than Albion (34) during the 2015/6 campaign. This time around, West Brom sit 13th in the table for goals scored and are above the likes of Southampton and Stoke City.
Defender goals – 13
13 of these goals have come from defenders – the most in the Premier League. Gareth McAuley (7 goals) and Craig Dawson (4) have chipped in to help ease the pressure on striker Salomon Rondon. West Brom’s midfield have also added 17 goals.
Clean Sheets – 6
West Brom have managed five less clean sheets than their impressive 2015/6 tally. Only relegated Hull City picked up fewer – a stat which Tony Pulis and Albion’s defence will be determined to put right next season.
Forward passes - 5,045
The Baggies have made the 2nd least amount of forward passes in the Premier League - just 13 more than bottom-of-the-league Sunderland. Albion’s total is more than 2,000 less than possession hungry sides Arsenal and Liverpool.
Possession – 37%
Speaking of possession, West Brom have ranked bottom of the league for the second season running. Their average of 37% is down from the 39% they had in 2015/6. This includes the lowest amount touches of the ball in the Premier League (18,542).