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A statistical breakdown of Villa's season

Villa finished their Premiership campaign today with a 2-2 away draw.

One of a remarkable 17 draws in the league this season. More than any other club in the league. Fulham are next with 15 draws. Having said all that, we didn't actually have the most home draws (we had 8 to Watford's 9) and we had to share the most away draws with Everton (both had 9) but no-one could 'match' our consistency home and away.

Here are some more of the statistics that have come out of Martin O'Neill's first season at Villa Park.

WINNING & LOSING

It comes as no surprise after seeing the amount of times we drew, that we were very very tough to beat this season. Only 3 teams in the whole league lost fewer games than we did. Chelsea (3), Man Utd (5) & Arsenal (8.) lost the fewest but we came next alongside Liverpool & Everton on 10. 4 of our defeats came at home and only the top 4 along with Portsmouth can better that. Much more impressively, our 6 away defeats can only be bettered by the top 2 in the league with only Everton able to tie us at 6.

Wins were harder to come by. Everyone in the top half won more games than us and both Boro & West Ham in the bottom half won more too. Only 3 teams in the league won fewer than our 7 home victories (Man City (5), Wigan (5) & Watford (3)) although our 4 away wins actually didn't look too bad against the rest beating 6 teams and equalling 3 others to finish around midtable.

SCORING GOALS

This is where most feel Villa let themselves down this season. We scored the 12th most amount of goals in the league this season with 43 (compared to 83 for Man Utd). 20 of those were at home putting us 15th in the 'home goals scored' league table (United top on 46).

23 goals were scored away from home. Only the big 2, Manchester United (37) & Chelsea (27) managed to score more away goals than us this season (we tied with Spurs & Reading for 3rd). We are one of only 4 clubs in the Premiership who scored more goals away from home than at home (Fulham, Wigan, Man City)

DEFENCE

Our defence was solid this season. We ended the season with the 6th best defence in the league having conceded 41 goals.

Only 14 of those goals were conceded at home giving us the 4th best home defence in the league. Only the top 3 teams in the league, Manchester United (12), Chelsea (11) and Liverpool (7) conceded fewer goals at home this season.

Away from home we conceded 27 goals which still puts us a respectable 7th in the away defence league table (Chelsea top with 13).

CLEAN SHEETS

Again we see a Jekyll & Hyde trend at Villa. Overall we kept 13 clean sheets which is bettered by only 5 teams (Chelsea (22), Liverpool (20), Man Utd (16), Man City (14) & Everton (14)).

Given that our home defence was so strong, it is no surprise to see that 9 of those 13 clean sheets were kept at Villa Park and very impressively only Liverpool (13) and Chelsea (11) can say they kept more home clean sheets. A very impressive boast.

Away from home however, we only managed 4 clean sheets, which probably necessitated our impressive away scoring record to compensate. Our 4 clean sheets see us joint 13th in the away clean sheets league table along with 3 other clubs, effectively meaning only 4 clubs in the league kept fewer away clean sheets than us (Charlton (3), Spurs (2), Newcastle (2) & Fulham (2)).

FAILING TO SCORE

This is where other teams get clean sheets against you.

This season Villa only failed to score in 9 games which is bettered by only 4 other teams (Chelsea & Man Utd with 4 each & Arsenal and Everton with 7 each).

Remarkably 6 of those 9 times were at home putting us 15th in that particular league.

But away from home we only failed to score 3 times, which is a fantastic statistic that is only bettered by one other team - Manchester United, who failed to score away from home only twice. Our stat is made more amazing when you consider that 2 of the 3 teams who managed to keep us out on their home turf were Wigan & Watford. The other was Reading. Everyone else couldn't keep us out.

Overall, Villa Park was not one of the better places to be this season if you wanted to see goals. Of the 20 stadia in the Premiership, only the City of Manchester Stadium witnessed fewer goals than Villa Park this season. They witnessed 26 and we witnessed 34, the next worst was Craven Cottage with 36. Compare that to the top stadium, the Emirates, which witnessed 59.

SUMMARY

So an unbeaten start, an unbeaten finish and a terrible middle. Top of the defensive charts and near bottom of the scoring ones. Top of the drawing charts and near top of the 'hard to beat' ones too. Villa didn't do middlin' this season. They were either very very good or very very bad. The net result in the end is ironically a midtable finish as it all cancels itself out.

We've undoubtedly seen improvement this season on and off the pitch. It was hard to see at times, but in the end I think reaching 50pts was a decent tally coming from where we were last season. These statistics perhaps show where we need to improve. But in my opinion one thing is for sure. There is certainly something to build on. We've already made ourselves tough to beat and tough to score against. That's usually the hard part. Here's looking forward to a busy summer and getting the easy bit right ;)

Try and enjoy the break !


Top scoring teams this season
1 Man United 83 (46,37)
2 Chelsea 64 (37,27)
3 Arsenal 63 (43,20)
4 Liverpool 57 (39,18)
4 Tottenham 57 (34,23)
6 Everton 52 (33,19)
6 Reading 52 (29,23)
6 Blackburn 52 (31,21)
9 Bolton 47 (26,21)
10 Portsmouth 45 (28,17)
11 Middlesbro' 44 (31,13)
12 Aston Villa 43 (20,23)
13 Newcastle 38 (23,15)
14 Fulham 38 (18,20)
15 Wigan 37 (18,19)
16 West Ham 35 (24,11)
17 Charlton 34 (19,15)
18 Sheff Utd 32 (24,8)
19 Man City 29 (10,19)
19 Watford 29 (19,10)

Top home scoring teams
1 Man United 46
2 Arsenal 43
3 Liverpool 39
4 Chelsea 37
5 Tottenham 34
6 Everton 33
7 Middlesbro' 31
7 Blackburn 31
9 Reading 29
10 Portsmouth 28
11 Bolton 26
12 West Ham 24
12 Sheff Utd 24
14 Newcastle 23
15 Aston Villa 20
16 Watford 19
16 Charlton 19
18 Wigan 18
18 Fulham 18
20 Man City 10

Top away scoring teams
1 Man United 37
2 Chelsea 27
3 Tottenham 23
3 Reading 23
3 Aston Villa 23
6 Bolton 21
6 Blackburn 21
8 Fulham 20
8 Arsenal 20
10 Wigan 19
10 Man City 19
10 Everton 19
13 Liverpool 18
14 Portsmouth 17
15 Newcastle 15
15 Charlton 15
17 Middlesbro' 13
18 West Ham 11
19 Watford 10
20 Sheff Utd 8

Top defences this season
1 Chelsea 24 (11,13)
2 Liverpool 27 (7,20)
2 Man United 27 (12,15)
4 Arsenal 35 (16,19)
5 Everton 36 (17,19)
6 Aston Villa 41 (14,27)
7 Portsmouth 42 (15,27)
8 Man City 44 (16,28)
9 Newcastle 47 (20,27)
9 Reading 47 (20,27)
11 Middlesbro' 49 (24,25)
12 Bolton 52 (20,32)
13 Blackburn 54 (25,29)
13 Tottenham 54 (22,32)
15 Sheff Utd 55 (21,34)
16 Watford 59 (25,34)
16 Wigan 59 (30,29)
16 West Ham 59 (26,33)
19 Charlton 60 (20,40)
19 Fulham 60 (18,42)

Top home defences
1 Liverpool 7
2 Chelsea 11
3 Man United 12
4 Aston Villa 14
5 Portsmouth 15
6 Man City 16
6 Arsenal 16
8 Everton 17
9 Fulham 18
10 Charlton 20
10 Newcastle 20
10 Reading 20
10 Bolton 20
14 Sheff Utd 21
15 Tottenham 22
16 Middlesbro' 24
17 Watford 25
17 Blackburn 25
19 West Ham 26
20 Wigan 30


Top away defences
1 Chelsea 13
2 Man United 15
3 Everton 19
3 Arsenal 19
5 Liverpool 20
6 Middlesbro' 25
7 Newcastle 27
7 Aston Villa 27
7 Portsmouth 27
7 Reading 27
11 Man City 28
12 Wigan 29
12 Blackburn 29
14 Bolton 32
14 Tottenham 32
16 West Ham 33
17 Watford 34
17 Sheff Utd 34
19 Charlton 40
20 Fulham 42


Most Clean Sheets (Total (H, A))
1 Chelsea 22 (11, 11)
2 Liverpool 20 (13, 7)
3 Man United 16 (8, 8)
4 Man City 14 (9, 5)
4 Everton 14 (9, 5)
6 Reading 13 (8, 5)
6 Aston Villa 13 (9, 4)
8 Portsmouth 12 (6, 6)
8 Bolton 12 (7, 5)
8 Arsenal 12 (5, 7)
11 Charlton 11 (8, 3)
12 Wigan 10 (6, 4)
13 West Ham 9 (5, 4)
13 Watford 9 (4, 5)
13 Sheff Utd 9 (5, 4)
13 Middlesbro' 9 (4, 5)
17 Blackburn 8 (3, 5)
18 Newcastle 7 (5, 2)
18 Fulham 7 (5, 2)
20 Tottenham 6 (4, 2)


Most Home Clean Sheets
1 Liverpool 13
2 Chelsea 11
3 Man City 9
3 Everton 9
3 Aston Villa 9
6 Reading 8
6 Man United 8
6 Charlton 8
9 Bolton 7
10 Wigan 6
10 Portsmouth 6
12 West Ham 5
12 Sheff Utd 5
12 Newcastle 5
12 Fulham 5
12 Arsenal 5
17 Watford 4
17 Tottenham 4
17 Middlesbro' 4
20 Blackburn 3


Most Away Clean Sheets
1 Chelsea 11
2 Man United 8
3 Liverpool 7
3 Arsenal 7
5 Portsmouth 6
6 Watford 5
6 Reading 5
6 Middlesbro' 5
6 Man City 5
6 Everton 5
6 Bolton 5
6 Blackburn 5
13 Wigan 4
13 West Ham 4
13 Sheff Utd 4
13 Aston Villa 4
17 Charlton 3
18 Tottenham 2
18 Newcastle 2
18 Fulham 2



Failed to score in X games
1 Man City 19 (13,6)
2 Watford 18 (8,10)
3 West Ham 17 (5,12)
3 Newcastle 17 (7,10)
5 Sheff Utd 14 (3,11)
5 Portsmouth 14 (5,9)
5 Charlton 14 (7,7)
8 Wigan 13 (9,4)
8 Middlesbro'13 (4,9)
8 Liverpool 13 (3,10)
11 Fulham 11 (5,6)
12 Tottenham 10 (4,6)
12 Reading 10 (5,5)
12 Blackburn 10 (4,6)
15 Bolton 9 (5,4)
15 Aston Villa 9 (6,3)
17 Everton 7 (2,5)
17 Arsenal 7 (1,6)
19 Man United 4 (2,2)
19 Chelsea 4 (1,3)



Failed to score at home
1 Man City 13
2 Wigan 9
3 Watford 8
4 Newcastle 7
4 Charlton 7
6 Aston Villa 6
7 West Ham 5
7 Reading 5
7 Portsmouth 5
7 Fulham 5
7 Bolton 5
12 Tottenham 4
12 Middlesbro' 4
12 Blackburn 4
15 Sheff Utd 3
15 Liverpool 3
17 Man United 2
17 Everton 2
19 Chelsea 1
19 Arsenal 1



Failed to score away
1 West Ham 12
2 Sheff Utd 11
3 Watford 10
3 Newcastle 10
3 Liverpool 10
6 Portsmouth 9
6 Middlesbro' 9
8 Charlton 7
9 Tottenham 6
9 Man City 6
9 Fulham 6
9 Blackburn 6
9 Arsenal 6
14 Reading 5
14 Everton 5
16 Wigan 4
16 Bolton 4
18 Chelsea 3
18 Aston Villa 3
20 Man United 2



Top scoring stadia
1 Emirates Stadium 59
2 Old Trafford 58
3 White Hart Lane 56
3 Ewood Park 56
5 Riverside 55
6 Upton Park 50
6 Goodison Park 50
8 Madejski Stadium 49
9 JJB Stadium 48
9 Stamford Bridge 48
11 Anfield 46
11 Reebok Stadium 46
13 Bramall Lane 45
14 Vicarage Road 44
15 Fratton Park 43
15 St. James' Park 43
17 The Valley 39
18 Craven Cottage 36
19 Villa Park 34
20 C.O.Manc Stadium 26
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Is it my imagination or did we have no single player score twice in any league game this season?

You're correct. It happened four times last season: Baroš against small heath, Luke Moore scored three against Boro, Ridgewell against Fulham, and Baroš against Everton on Boxing Day.

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Fantastic Article!

It shows, basically, that all we need to do is get the ball in the back of the net a bit more, especially at home! With Gabby and Carew looking like a dangerous pairing, our midfield looking more creative every game and 2 or 3 big signings we could be very, very dangerous next year.

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