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Only 3 Percent of EPL Matches End In A Shock Win

pompey fan Only 3 Percent of EPL Matches End In A Shock WinBefore today’s two shock results (Portsmouth 2-1 Man United, and Arsenal 0-1 West Ham), how many times this season had there been shock wins?¬†Well, the answer is 19. Out of the 619 matches played this season prior to Saturday, only 3% of those matches featured shock wins (which equates to a shock result once in every 32 matches). Some of you may disagree, but here are the 19 matches that I consider shock wins this season:Middlesbrough 2-1 ChelseaManchester City 1-0 ArsenalEverton 3-0 LiverpoolManchester United 0-1 ArsenalTottenham Hotspur 2-1 ChelseaWest Ham United 1-0 ArsenalBolton Wanderers 3-1 ArsenalFulham 2-1 ArsenalWest Ham United 1-0 Manchester UnitedArsenal 6-2 Blackburn RoversSheffield United 1-0 ArsenalReading 6-0 West Ham UnitedMiddlesbrough 5-1 Bolton WanderersLiverpool 2-0 ChelseaWatford 2-1 MiddlesbroughArsenal 2-1 Manchester UnitedSheffield United 2-1 Tottenham HotspurBlackburn Rovers 1-2 West Ham UnitedEverton 1-0 ArsenalWhat does this say about the English Premier League? By far, shock wins occur far too infrequently. Nineteen shock results out of 619 matches screams of far too many predictable matches. And predictability breeds boredom.What needs to happen to buck the trend? First, more teams need to play attacking football like Reading and go for the jugular in matches instead of sitting back in fear. Second, the top four teams in the four horse race need to move up to a European Super League to allow the remainder of the Premiership teams to face a fair fight and give them an opportunity to win the league. Otherwise the gap between the top four and the teams below will continue to increase even more to the detriment of the league.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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