The 2023-24 Premier League campaign has started with a bang and we’ve had a deep dive into each club’s start to the season and have picked out one crazy to sum up their start.
Unsurprisingly, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City currently top the league table and are the only side to boast a flawless record so far. The likes of Liverpool, Brighton, Tottenham and Arsenal have also started well though and should keep the champions on their toes.
At the opposite end of the table, it’s the three newly promoted clubs that currently make up the relegation zone. Of course, it’s still early days and these sides still have plenty of time to find their stride in the top flight.
Manchester United and Newcastle will both be looking up the league table as they are looking to close the gap between themselves and the top four. As things stand, both sides are on nine points and are five points adrift of the top four.
The biggest underachiever so far is undoubtedly Chelsea. Following a disastrous 2022-23 campaign, Mauricio Pochettino has struggled to get much of a tune out of his new group of players.
There’ll no doubt be plenty more twists and turns to come throughout the campaign, but six games in we’ve picked out one crazy stat to sum up each Premier League club’s start to the season.
– Manchester City have enjoyed a flawless start to the new season and have won all six of their opening matches. Coincidentally, the last time they did this was in 2016–17 and they ultimately finished third.
– Liverpool have been the comeback kings of the Premier League so far. Jurgen Klopp’s side have won nine points from losing positions, which is more than any other side has managed.
– Brighton have scored 18 goals (the most in the league) and are currently projected to score 114 goals by the end of the campaign. For context, Man City hold the record for the most goals scored in a Premier League season with 106 goals in 2017-18.
– Tottenham have enjoyed their best start to a season since 1965. We can’t get enough of Ange Postecoglou right now.
– Arsenal have kept clean sheets in both of their away matches so far this season. Since the start of 2022-23, no other Premier League side has kept more clean sheets on the road than Mikel Arteta’s men who have kept 12.
– Aston Villa have eight more points at this stage than they did last season. Unai Emery has a win percentage of 58% at Aston Villa, which is higher than any other manager in their history.
– West Ham have scored eight more goals at this stage than they had last season. They also have six more points on the board and are 11 places higher than at the same stage last year.
– Newcastle have a chance conversation rate of 14% which is the highest in the league. No doubt their 8-0 drubbing of Sheffield United will have boosted these numbers.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 25, 2023
– Manchester United have underperformed their xG by 2.9 goals so far this season, making them the fourth most wasteful side in the league. Erik ten Hag will be hoping that Rasmus Hojlund can change their goalscoring fortunes in the near future.
– Crystal Palace have conceded three goals in stoppage time which is the most of any Premier League side. Roy Hodgson probably isn’t the biggest fan of the new stoppage time laws based on this stat.
– Fulham can be thankful that Bernd Leno has been on top form. The German goalkeeper has prevented 3.7 goals based on xG, which is the most of any Premier League goalkeeper.
– Nottingham Forest have picked up 18 points from their last 12 Premier League matches, taking the end of last season into consideration. That’s an average of 1.5 points per game, which averaged over an entire season would be worth 57 points.
– Brentford have missed 15 big chances so far which is the joint-most in the league with Chelsea. Ivan Toney could be the solution to this problem once his ban is lifted next year.
– Chelsea have averaged 0.83 points per game under Mauricio Pochettino. As things stand, they are projected to finish the season with a mere 31.6 points to their name.
🗣️ "We cannot talk about excuses"
Mauricio Pochettino says Chelsea need "to stay calm" as they look to improve 🔵 pic.twitter.com/lwS4JGDdg4
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 27, 2023
– Everton are yet to pick up a point at Goodison Park. Last season 58% of Everton’s points came from home matches, which shows how crucial it is that Sean Dyche turns their home form around.
– Wolves have made more tackles than any Premier League side this season with 123. However, topping the tackles chart isn’t always a recipe for success as Leeds topped this statistic last season and were ultimately relegated.
– Bournemouth just can’t keep hold of a lead. The Cherries have dropped eight points from winning positions this season, which is the most of any Premier League club. With those extra eight points, they would be seventh in the table.
🗣 "You have to adapt from game to game. Even from half to half."
Andoni Iraola on what he has learned since joining the Premier League pic.twitter.com/HIHW9nGoYB
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 26, 2023
– Luton have only scored three goals, despite creating an xG of 6.5. This shows that Rob Edwards’ side have got into some good goalscoring positions, but they have been let down by subpar finishing.
– Burnley have created the lowest xG in the Premier League so far this season at just 4.0. Their expansive style won them the league last season, but they have struggled to reach the same heights in the top flight so far.
– Sheffield United have by far the worst defensive record in the league, largely thanks to Newcastle putting eight goals past them. The Blades have shipped 17 goals so far and have faced an xG of 15.3, which is the most of any Premier League side.