Man United plummet, Spurs rise

It’s been a rocky season for Manchester United — and a closer look suggests they’ve actually been overperforming based on some performance metrics, which means it could get even worse for them. Who are we kidding? That hasn’t stopped you — and it hasn’t stopped us. However, the 10-game mark is right around here, and it’s traditionally when teams start to look like we might expect them to look for the rest of the season.

Liverpool, of course, holds the same advantage in attack. The Reds are second in the league in shots, first in unblocked shots and first in xG. Hot finishing from both Nketiah andleads Liverpool in touches, ball recoveries and chances created (he’s fourth in the league in both chances and ball recoveries, too), andis both a sturdy defensive midfielder and a metronome in buildup play. He’s second on the team in touches and first in pass attempts (and he completes 88% of them).

The strength of schedule rating comes simply from taking the average of the Stats Perform power rating of a team’s opponents. It doesn’t control for home and away matches, so it’s not perfect, but it’s still useful. Newcastle and Brighton are the only two clubs to play a harder than average schedule thus far and produce a better than average non-penalty xG differential.

I said it at the time, but the fact that Postecoglou had to work his way up the ladder — proving himself through success in Australia, Japan and Scotland — meant that he was more likely to be a successful coach at a big club than some big-name player with no experience or a guy with just one or two jobs coaching teams with much more talent than their competitors.good. No other team in the Premier League is beating Tottenham’s xG totals by even two full goals on both ends of the field.

Never mind a top-two pace: the last time Villa even finished in the top five was 1996-97. Dwight Yorke had not yet left for. Hanson’s”MMMBop” had not yet reached No. 1 on the charts in England. Sheffield Wednesday was still in the Premier League (and finished seventh!). What we’re saying is it was a while ago. But here they are, and not only are they backing up last season’s pace — they’re exceeding it.

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