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Comparisons of Attacking & Defending For All Clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A & Ligue 1

premier league attacking effectiveness 600x413 Comparisons of Attacking & Defending For All Clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A & Ligue 1

Statistician wizard Ben Mayhew has compiled a series of new graphics that cut through the hype, preconceived ideas and flood of data to get to the heart of what soccer clubs should care about, and what football supporters should know — which teams are the most effective attacking and defending in your favorite leagues including the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue Un.

Taking a look at the effectiveness of attacking by Premier League clubs, the above graphic puts the 20 teams into four categories: constant threat, energetically wasteful, languidly clinical, and ineffectual. Read the descriptions in the graphic above to get a better sense of what those categories mean.

In the constant threat area, you can see the most effective teams are Manchester City, Everton, Arsenal, Manchester United and Swansea. In contrast, the least effective teams — who create few chances and struggle to convert them — are Crystal Palace, West Ham, Stoke, Norwich and Southampton.

Now when you compare the attacking effectiveness to the defensive effectiveness (seen below), you can gain a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of sides. For example, Southampton are ineffectual in attacking but they’re formidable in defense. Crystal Palace are ineffectual in attacking and a pushover in defending — a dangerous combination, in a wrong way. Manchester City, on the other hand, were a constant threat in the attacking department, but they can be easily breached in defense.

Browse through the different graphics below for the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue Un. And feel free to share your observations or questions in the comments section below.

premier league defensive effectiveness 600x410 Comparisons of Attacking & Defending For All Clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A & Ligue 1

bundesliga attacking effectiveness 600x415 Comparisons of Attacking & Defending For All Clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A & Ligue 1

bundesliga defensive effectiveness 600x415 Comparisons of Attacking & Defending For All Clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A & Ligue 1

la liga attacking effectiveness 600x415 Comparisons of Attacking & Defending For All Clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A & Ligue 1

la liga defensive effectiveness 600x415 Comparisons of Attacking & Defending For All Clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A & Ligue 1

serie a attacking effectiveness 600x415 Comparisons of Attacking & Defending For All Clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A & Ligue 1

serie a defensive effectiveness 600x415 Comparisons of Attacking & Defending For All Clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A & Ligue 1

ligue 1 attacking effectiveness 600x415 Comparisons of Attacking & Defending For All Clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A & Ligue 1

ligue 1 defensive effectiveness 600x414 Comparisons of Attacking & Defending For All Clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A & Ligue 1

H/T Experiment 361.


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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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