What was the highest and lowest xG in a Premier League game this season? | Football

“What was the highest xG in a Premier League game this season?” asks Pippa Wright. “And what was the lowest?”

Our friends at Stats Perform have given us more details for the 2021-22 Premier League season, so let’s get into it. The highest combined xG in a match was at the Etihad on Boxing Day, when Manchester City defeated Leicester 4.17-2.41. The combined xG was 6.58, the actual score 6-3 to Manchester City.

The highest for a team was at Anfield in February, when Liverpool blocked Leeds 6-0. Their xG that night was a little scary 5.36. That also led to the biggest inequality between xGs in a match this season: 5.15. The mathematicians among you will be able to find out that Leeds’s xG was 0.21.

That wasn’t quite the lowest of the season, though. Cruel, if not completely against type, that dubious award goes to Nten Espírito Santo’s Tottenham Hotspur. When they lost 3-0 at Crystal Palace in mid-September, the game that began its collapse under Nuno, Spurs had an xG of just 0.07.

While we are talking about shooting timidity, the match with the lowest combined xG took place on the same day. Brighton stole a 1-0 win at Brentford, with Leandro Trossard’s late winner offending both the home side and the statisticians: the combined xG for that game was 0.71 (Brentford 0.39-0.32 Brighton).

The most wasteful performance of the season came from Manchester United, who drew 0-0 at home to Watford in February despite a 3.19 xG lead. And the most ruthless met Manchester – when Manchester City had a 3.25 xG against Leeds at the Etihad in December. Unlike United, they found a way to win: 7-0.

Cup final debuts

“Did any player make his cup final?” asked John Tumbridge last week. “Not including matches at the beginning of the season, such as the Community Shield.”

Let’s start with a few close endeavors, including this one by Jack Hart. “Not his full debut, but Ryan Bertrand made his European debut for Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final. did not do wrong, either. As mentioned in that league, Trevor Francis made a memorable continental debut for Nottingham Forest – scoring the winning goal in the 1979 European Cup final against Malmö.

“Chris Baird played 86 minutes in the 2003 FA Cup final for Southampton, only in his second start (and fourth senior appearance) for the club,” notes Ricardio Sentulio. “His first match was as a substitute in the ominous 6-1 slaughter at the hands of Arsenal. In the rematch at the Millennium Stadium, Southampton narrowly lost 1-0.”

But so far, only one full-time debutant has been discovered – and he’s a pretty famous name. “Paul Gascoigne made his debut for Middlesbrough in the 1998 League Cup final – a dismal 2-0 defeat to Chelsea,” writes Garry Brogden. “Gazza came on as a junior after replacing Craig Hignett in the squad – the story is that he gave his runner-up medal to Higgy after the game.”

Paul Gascoigne enters the fight at Wembley.
Paul Gascoigne enters the fight at Wembley. Photo: Chris Lobina / Action Images / Sporting Picture

Centennial titles (redux)

Last week we looked at clubs who won league titles on their centenary – but there were a few that we missed.

“Celtic were Scottish title winners in the 1987-88 season,” wrote Charlotte Larkin and several others. “They also won the Scottish Cup that season, completing a centennial Double.” Celtic were technically formed in 1887, before playing their first match in 1888 – but that season was recognized by the club as their centenary.

Elsewhere, Kári Tulinius has an extraordinary example: “FC Copenhagen was formed in 1992 by a merger of two clubs, Kjøbenhavns Boldklub (founded in 1876) and Boldklubben 1903. FC Copenhagen went on to win its third league title in 2003 years after, Boldklubben was founded.

Finally, Dirk Maas scanned the history books with a fine-toothed comb to find five more examples:

  • Al-Tilal (Yemen) founded in 1905, champions in 2005

  • Al Ahly (Egypt) founded April 1907, champions in 2007

  • CD Olimpia (Honduras) founded June 1912, champions in 2012

  • AS Samaritan (Martinique): founded in 1920, champions in 2020

  • CS Herediano (Costa Rica): founded June 1921, champions in 2021

Knowledge archive

“In May 1969 my club Grimsby Town had our record low attendance for a home league match of 1,833,” wrote Pete Green in 2011. “In May 1972 we had 22,489 appear to see us seal the Fourth Division title, meaning the crowd has grown more than 12 times larger in three years. Can any other full-time English club claim such a steep increase in support?”

Tim Hill kicked the ball: “Wigan Athletic recorded their lowest streak in the 01-02 season of just 3,535 at home to Cambridge in their 4-1 win on 5 March 2002, however on 11 February 2006, for their 1-0 loss to Liverpool, they recorded their highest home attendance of the season: 25,023. Not 12 times, just a miserable 700% increase in attendance. “

Remaining in the North West, Stig Marstein added that “On December 8, 1998, Manchester City played against Mansfield in the Auto Windscreens Trophy in front of 3,007 fans and in March 2004 they played against Manchester United in front of 47,284. So 15 times bigger in just over five years. “

But Rob Egan did even better. “My team, Stevenage went from 414 fans at home to Wokingham Town in February 1993 to a crowd of 6,489 when they distracted the Kidderminster Harriers less than four years later, in January 1997. While that was in non-league times, I count the latter. “In fact, in November 1991, they played Leyton Wingate in front of 329 supporters. So in just over five years, the crowd has increased by a factor of 19.”

Knowledge archive

Can you help

“Liverpool have played in three finals this year, and have not won in any of them. Considering two went to overtime, that’s five-and-a-half hours without a goal. Is this a record? If not, who is scoreless in the final any longer? “Asks Derek Robertson.

“Which British club has the oldest floodlights still in use?” asks Gordon Smith.

Are Cesare, Paolo and Daniel Maldini the only grandfather, father and son to win a home league title with the same club? (Or are there other similar multigenerational feats)

– Josh Moritz (@ JoshMoritz5) May 31, 2022

“The final of the 2021 FA Cup was Leicester’s 26th professional game by Luke Thomas but his first in front of a crowd,” notes Simon Tyers. “Has anyone played more games since the beginning of their career right in front of empty stands? Is there anyone who made his debut in prison and has never played in front of fans? “

“Wednesday’s Copa Libertadores match between Peñarol and Colon had 30 minutes of second-half stoppage time,” writes Dustin Franklin. “Surely this must be a record for added time?”

What are the most consecutive games played on different sites? A nation, a team or a player would all be interesting (from least to most difficult …)

– claire 🌧️ ⚧ 🏓 (@fuzzybluerain) May 31, 2022

“Tammy Abraham has won the Champions League, Super Cup and European Conference League but has not won top domestic trophies,” notes Rob Lawshaw. “Which player has the most continental titles without a home?

“My team, Fenerbahçe, was managed by winners of four intercontinental cups – Carlos Alberto Parreira (American Cup, Asian Cup), Holger Osieck (Golden Cup) and Luis Aragones (Euros),” writes Öndar Susam. “Can any team beat that?”

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