TEAM STATS [Attack + Defence] (GW 1 – 4)
• Brentford’s attack is thriving despite Ivan Toney’s absence, having achieved the highest xG in the top-flight so far.
• The Ange Postecoglou era at Tottenham Hotspur has started very well, with Spurs unbeaten in four. They have overperformed their xG so far (+3.65 xG delta), but only Brighton have attempted more shots than their tally of 73, so their attack is clearly progressing.
• Finishing has been a problem for Manchester United (-3.05 xG delta) but it’s been even worse at Everton (-5.28 xG delta).
🛡 DEFENCE :
• As is so often the case, Manchester City are streets ahead of any other Premier League club for xGC (Expected Goals Conceded), having won all four of their matches going into the international break.
• Despite facing Aston Villa, Man City, Liverpool and Brighton, Newcastle United have allowed the joint least big chances (4) in the division. The clean sheets haven’t materialised yet but their run of fixtures from Gameweeks 5 to 12 could help boost that total.
• Steve Cooper’s decision to opt for a three-man defence with wing-backs this term has worked for them, at least defensively, having conceded just 6.47 xG against Chelsea, Manchester United, Sheffield United and Arsenal combined.
• Burnley lost their first three games of the season, all at home, by an aggregate score of 11-3.
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