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Aston Villa - A season in numbers


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Villatalk takes a statistical look at Villa's season and how we compared to our rivals in the various categories.

First we take a look at the Premier League table split into 3 sections.

Section 1 is from game 1 to game 13. Section 2 is game 14 to game 26 and section 3 is the run-in from game 27 to 38.

It's going to be fairly obvious to anyone who followed us this season that the wheels came off in section 3 but what mightn't be as apparent is quite how brilliant we were in section 2. Only Man Utd accrued more points than us at this point in the season and it saw us climb to 3rd in the league. We didn't open half badly either, even managing to top the freaky start made by Phil Brown's Hull City. Our spectacular fall from grace and borderline relegation form at the end meant all our good work was undone as Everton caught and overtook us. But the first 2 stages should show what we are capable of when fully fit and fully rested.

1 - 13 14 - 26 27-38
P TEAM Pts P TEAM Pts P TEAM Pts
1 Chel 32 1 ManU 35 1 Live 31
2 Live 32 2 AVFC 28 2 Chel 31
3 ManU 27 3 Live 23 3 ManU 28
4 Arse 23 4 Ever 22 4 Arse 27
5 AVFC 23 5 Wign 22 5 Tott 23
6 Hull 21 6 Arse 22 6 Ever 22
7 Ever 19 7 Chel 20 7 Fulh 20
8 Boro 18 8 WHU 19 8 Stok 20
9 Port 18 9 ManC 18 9 ManC 18
10 Fulm 17 10 Fulm 16 10 WHU 18
11 Sund 15 11 Sund 16 11 Blac 15
12 ManC 14 12 Tott 16 12 Port 13
13 Bolt 14 13 Bolt 16 13 Bolt 11
14 WHU 14 14 Newc 15 14 AVFC 11
15 Stok 14 15 Blac 13 15 WBA 10
16 Wign 13 16 Stok 11 16 Wign 10
17 Newc 13 17 WBA 11 17 Boro 9
18 Blac 13 18 Port 10 18 Hull 6
19 Tott 12 19 Hull 8 19 Newc 6
20 WBA 11 20 Boro 5 20 Sund 5

Here's a league table comprised solely of games against the top 4. It shows that on the whole we fared quite well against the elite. Obviously teams within the top 4 have 2 games less but even ignoring that we still managed to beat 2 of them. Spurs and Fulham can be proud of how they dealt with the top 4 aswell. I just think this is an interesting table to see just who put up resistance and who capitulated.

Pos TEAM P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Liverpool 6 4 2 0 14 7 14 +7
2 Tottenham 8 2 4 2 11 14 10 -3
3 Arsenal 6 2 3 1 10 11 9 -1
4 Fulham 8 2 3 3 6 9 9 -3
5 ASTON VILLA 8 1 3 4 6 13 6 -7
6 Man United 6 1 2 3 7 9 5 -2
7 Everton 8 0 5 3 4 9 5 -5
8 Hull City 8 1 2 5 9 17 5 -8
9 Stoke City 8 1 2 5 4 15 5 -11
10 Chelsea 6 1 1 4 6 10 4 -4
11 Man City 8 1 1 6 7 13 4 -6
12 Middlesbrough 8 1 1 6 4 15 4 -11
13 West Ham United 8 0 3 5 1 10 3 -9
14 Sunderland 8 0 2 6 4 15 2 -11
15 Newcastle United 8 0 2 6 4 19 2 -15
16 Wigan Athletic 8 0 1 7 6 15 1 -9
17 Bolton 8 0 0 8 4 18 0 -14
18 Portsmouth 8 0 0 8 2 16 0 -14
19 Blackburn Rovers 8 0 0 8 2 23 0 -21
20 West Brom 8 0 0 8 1 23 0 -22

Next we take a look at goals scored. While we didn't score nearly as many as we did last season (71 v 54) we still did quite well and once again thanks to our counter-attacking style we flourished away from home. Overall, we came 7th being beaten by all the teams who finished above us in the league table plus Man City who were phenomenal at home and total muck on the road. We managed to split our goals 50-50 between home and away games which equated to being 8th in the home table where Fulham over-performed and we were top 4 material away from home even beating Man United although we were all a long way behind Arsenal, Liverpool & Chelsea.

P Top scorers Total (h, a) P HOME Goals P AWAY Goals
1 Liverpool 77 (41,36) 1 Man United 43 1 Arsenal 37
2 Man United 68 (43,25) 2 Liverpool 41 2 Liverpool 36
2 Chelsea 68 (33,35) 3 Man City 40 3 Chelsea 35
2 Arsenal 68 (31,37) 4 Chelsea 33 4 ASTON VILLA 27
5 Man City 58 (40,18) 5 Everton 31 5 Man United 25
6 Everton 55 (31,24) 5 Arsenal 31 6 Tottenham 24
7 ASTON VILLA 54 (27,27) 7 Fulham 28 6 Everton 24
8 Tottenham 45 (21,24) 8 ASTON VILLA 27 8 Hull City 21
9 West Ham United 42 (23,19) 9 West Brom 26 9 Bolton 20
10 Bolton 41 (21,20) 9 Portsmouth 26 10 West Ham United 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 40 (22,18) 11 Newcastle United 24 11 Man City 18
11 Newcastle United 40 (24,16) 12 West Ham United 23 11 Blackburn Rovers 18
13 Fulham 39 (28,11) 13 Stoke City 22 13 Wigan Athletic 17
13 Hull City 39 (18,21) 13 Blackburn Rovers 22 14 Stoke City 16
15 Stoke City 38 (22,16) 15 Tottenham 21 14 Newcastle United 16
15 Portsmouth 38 (26,12) 15 Sunderland 21 16 Sunderland 13
17 West Brom 36 (26,10) 15 Bolton 21 17 Portsmouth 12
18 Wigan Athletic 34 (17,17) 18 Hull City 18 18 Middlesbrough 11
18 Sunderland 34 (21,13) 19 Wigan Athletic 17 18 Fulham 11
20 Middlesbrough 28 (17,11) 19 Middlesbrough 17 20 West Brom 10

In terms of goals conceded we were poor relative to where we finished in the league table. A mediocre showing of 10th place overall even if we 'shored up' our defence by a mighty 3 goals from 51 down to 48. Even Spurs somehow managed to concede fewer goals! At home we were particularly leaky, owing to the fact that the team struggled to retain possession when teams came and sat waiting for us to do the work. As a result we shipped 21 goals at Villa Park, more than double that of league leading Spurs who only shipped a paltry 10 at White Hart Lane. Spare a thought for Hull who conceded more at home than anyone else and more at home than 4 teams did for the entire season (yet somehow they stay up...). Away from home we figured marginally better. We conceded 27 goals which puts us joint 8th overall. Everton & Fulham were particularly tight away from home this season and West Ham's defence showed good form away from Upton Park. Stoke come bottom of the heap conceding a massive 40 goals away from the Brittania. This is an area Villa will definitely be looking to improve upon in the summer especially with the loss of Super Mart through injury.

P TOP DEFENCES Tot (h, a) P HOME Goals P AWAY Goals
1 Chelsea 24 (12,12) 1 Tottenham 10 1 Man United 11
1 Man United 24 (13,11) 2 Chelsea 12 2 Chelsea 12
3 Liverpool 27 (13,14) 3 Liverpool 13 3 Liverpool 14
4 Fulham 34 (16,18) 3 Man United 13 4 Everton 17
5 Everton 37 (20,17) 5 Stoke City 15 5 Fulham 18
5 Arsenal 37 (16,21) 6 Fulham 16 6 Arsenal 21
7 Wigan Athletic 45 (18,27) 6 Arsenal 16 7 West Ham United 23
7 West Ham United 45 (22,23) 8 Wigan Athletic 18 8 Wigan Athletic 27
7 Tottenham 45 (10,35) 8 Man City 18 8 ASTON VILLA 27
10 ASTON VILLA 48 (21,27) 10 Middlesbrough 20 10 Hull City 28
11 Man City 50 (18,32) 10 Everton 20 10 Portsmouth 28
12 Bolton 53 (21,32) 12 Bolton 21 12 Sunderland 29
13 Sunderland 54 (25,29) 12 ASTON VILLA 21 13 Newcastle United 30
14 Stoke City 55 (15,40) 14 West Ham United 22 14 Bolton 32
15 Middlesbrough 57 (20,37) 15 Blackburn Rovers 23 14 Man City 32
15 Portsmouth 57 (29,28) 16 Sunderland 25 16 West Brom 34
17 Newcastle United 59 (29,30) 17 Newcastle United 29 17 Tottenham 35
18 Blackburn Rovers 60 (23,37) 17 Portsmouth 29 18 Middlesbrough 37
19 Hull City 64 (36,28) 19 West Brom 33 18 Blackburn Rovers 37
20 West Brom 67 (33,34) 20 Hull City 36 20 Stoke City 40

The 'clean sheet' table isn't always a mirror image of the goals conceded table. Some teams have a knack of having 'one of those days' where nothing goes in, then they let in a hatful on another day. We are pretty decent at keeping clean sheets to be fair. Even though we are capable of going months without keeping one. We finished joint 7th overall this season with 13 clean sheets, 11 behind the Champions and rather annoyingly behind Fulham who were even more stingy away from home than at home. Our 7 home clean sheets puts us joint 10th in midtable with the Champions once again leading the way with 13 and teams like Stoke, Wigan & Man City finishing ahead of us in a season where they could only seem to perform in their own backyard while we could only perform in everyone elses. We come an impressive 6th in the away clean sheet table getting more than even Arsenal. Only 'the big 3' with Everton & Fulham get more away sheets than us.

P CLEAN SHEETS Tot (h, a) P HOME # P AWAY #
1 Man United 24 (13, 11) 1 Man United 13 1 Chelsea 12
2 Chelsea 22 (10, 12) 2 Tottenham 11 2 Man United 11
3 Liverpool 20 (11, 9) 2 Liverpool 11 3 Liverpool 9
4 Everton 17 (8, 9) 2 Arsenal 11 3 Everton 9
5 Arsenal 16 (11, 5) 5 Chelsea 10 5 Fulham 8
6 Fulham 15 (7, 8) 6 Stoke City 9 6 ASTON VILLA 6
7 Wigan Athletic 13 (8, 5) 6 Man City 9 7 Wigan Athletic 5
7 Tottenham 13 (11, 2) 8 Wigan Athletic 8 7 West Ham United 5
7 ASTON VILLA 13 (7, 6) 8 Everton 8 7 Portsmouth 5
10 Stoke City 12 (9, 3) 10 Fulham 7 7 Arsenal 5
11 West Ham United 10 (5, 5) 10 Blackburn Rovers 7 11 West Brom 4
11 Man City 10 (9, 1) 10 ASTON VILLA 7 11 Hull City 4
11 Blackburn Rovers 10 (7, 3) 13 Sunderland 6 13 Sunderland 3
14 Sunderland 9 (6, 3) 13 Middlesbrough 6 13 Stoke City 3
15 West Brom 8 (4, 4) 15 West Ham United 5 13 Newcastle United 3
15 Portsmouth 8 (3, 5) 15 Bolton 5 13 Blackburn Rovers 3
17 Newcastle United 7 (4, 3) 17 West Brom 4 17 Tottenham 2
17 Middlesbrough 7 (6, 1) 17 Newcastle United 4 17 Bolton 2
17 Bolton 7 (5, 2) 19 Portsmouth 3 19 Middlesbrough 1
20 Hull City 6 (2, 4) 20 Hull City 2 19 Man City 1

To get a clean sheet, someone else must fail to score. So now we look at which teams were nice enough to shoot blanks for their opponents most often. While I sort this from most to least, I have numbered it worst to best because clearly it is best if you fail to score the fewest times in a season. Last season we were particularly good at scoring in every game having only failed on 6 occasions, 2 at home and 4 away. In the three leagues (overall, home, away) that was good enough to be 4th in each of them. This season however, we failed to score on 10 occasions which is bettered by 5 teams. No co-incidence that it is the 5 who finished above us in the league. 6 times at home we failed to score which is actually very poor. Only 4 teams did worse than that. Away from home we failed 4 times which is fantastic as it is only bettered by 2 teams in the whole league and they are the 2 who contested the league title. So once again our away form is very impressive. Long may we keep it up.

P FAILED TO SCORE IN Tot (h, a) P HOME # P AWAY #
20 Bolton 18 (8,10) 18 West Ham United 8 19 West Brom 12
17 Wigan Athletic 17 (7,10) 18 Middlesbrough 8 19 Fulham 12
17 West Brom 17 (5,12) 18 Bolton 8 17 Sunderland 11
17 Middlesbrough 17 (8,9) 17 Wigan Athletic 7 17 Portsmouth 11
14 Sunderland 16 (5,11) 13 Tottenham 6 15 Wigan Athletic 10
14 Portsmouth 16 (5,11) 13 Hull City 6 15 Bolton 10
14 Fulham 16 (4,12) 13 Blackburn Rovers 6 13 Middlesbrough 9
13 Blackburn Rovers 15 (6,9) 13 ASTON VILLA 6 13 Blackburn Rovers 9
12 West Ham United 14 (8,6) 9 West Brom 5 11 Newcastle United 8
9 Stoke City 12 (5,7) 9 Sunderland 5 11 Man City 8
9 Newcastle United 12 (4,8) 9 Stoke City 5 10 Stoke City 7
9 Hull City 12 (6,6) 9 Portsmouth 5 8 West Ham United 6
6 Tottenham 10 (6,4) 4 Newcastle United 4 8 Hull City 6
6 Man City 10 (2,8) 4 Fulham 4 7 Everton 5
6 ASTON VILLA 10 (6,4) 4 Everton 4 3 Tottenham 4
5 Everton 9 (4,5) 4 Chelsea 4 3 Chelsea 4
3 Chelsea 8 (4,4) 4 Arsenal 4 3 ASTON VILLA 4
3 Arsenal 8 (4,4) 3 Liverpool 3 3 Arsenal 4
2 Liverpool 6 (3,3) 2 Man City 2 1 Man United 3
1 Man United 4 (1,3) 1 Man United 1 1 Liverpool 3

Getting towards the end now.

The following tables detail firstly how many goals were scored at each stadium in the league this season and secondly how many goals were scored in the games involving each team; in other words who was involved in the most entertaining games to see. Villa Park, unsurprisingly, is pretty average in terms of goals scored as it comes 9th overall. Though Villa were 6th in goals per game as their games averaged 2.68 goals per game. Fulham were bottom (shock horror) on less than 2 goals per game and Man City (shock horror) were top with 2.84.

P GOALS IN STADIUM GOALS P GOALS PER GAME

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GPG
1 The Hawthorns 59 1 Man City 2.84
2 City of Manchester Stadium 58 2 Arsenal 2.76
3 Old Trafford 56 3 Liverpool 2.74
4 Fratton Park 55 4 Hull City 2.71
5 Anfield 54 4 West Brom 2.71
5 KC Stadium 54 6 ASTON VILLA 2.68
7 St. James' Park 53 7 Blackburn Rovers 2.63
8 Goodison Park 51 8 Newcastle United 2.61
9 Villa Park 48 9 Portsmouth 2.50
10 Emirates Stadium 47 10 Bolton 2.47
11 Stadium of Light 46 11 Stoke City 2.45
12 Upton Park 45 12 Man United 2.42
12 Stamford Bridge 45 12 Chelsea 2.42
12 Ewood Park 45 12 Everton 2.42
15 Craven Cottage 44 15 Tottenham 2.37
16 Reebok Stadium 42 16 Sunderland 2.32
17 Brittania Stadium 37 17 West Ham United 2.29
17 Riverside 37 18 Middlesbrough 2.24
19 JJB Stadium 35 19 Wigan Athletic 2.08
20 White Hart Lane 31 20 Fulham 1.92

Finally the average attendance table. This is always pretty predictable as the figures are restricted be the attendance of the stadium. Perhaps it would be better to show a table of percentage full, though that favours tiny grounds that can fill easy. Anyhoo, for what it's worth, here it is and though we have a good sized stadium, we are pretty average with our average attendance.

P TEAM AVE ATT
1 Man United 75,304
2 Arsenal 60,040
3 Newcastle United 48,750
4 Liverpool 43,611
5 Man City 43,162
6 Chelsea 41,588
7 Sunderland 40,163
8 ASTON VILLA 39,812
9 Tottenham 35,929
10 Everton 35,667
11 West Ham United 34,227
12 Middlesbrough 28,429
13 Stoke City 26,960
14 West Brom 25,828
15 Hull City 24,816
16 Fulham 24,340
17 Blackburn Rovers 23,481
18 Bolton 22,486
19 Portsmouth 19,830
20 Wigan Athletic 18,350

Well I hope you enjoyed this look back at how we did and how everyone else did in comparison. These figures and rankings might even settle some arguments in the pub now. You never know :P

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We're down on pretty much everything from last season bar away form really aren't we? Oh, and points

No I don't think we are, but even if that was true, isn't that a bit like being down on every stat during a match, except for goals scored? Everything is ultimately geared towards the points you get over a season. The rest is just useless stats :)

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1 - 13 14 - 26 27-38
P TEAM Pts P TEAM Pts P TEAM Pts
1 Chel 32 1 Manc 35 1 Live 31
2 Live 32 2 AVFC 28 2 Chel 31
3 ManU 27 3 Live 23 3 ManU 28
4 Arse 23 4 Ever 22 4 Arse 27
5 AVFC 23 5 Wign 22 5 Tott 23
6 Hull 21 6 Arse 22 6 Ever 22
7 Ever 19 7 Chel 20 7 Fulh 20
8 Boro 18 8 WHU 19 8 Stok 20
9 Port 18 9 ManC 18 9 ManC 18
10 Fulm 17 10 Fulm 16 10 WHU 18
11 Sund 15 11 Sund 16 11 Blac 15
12 ManC 14 12 Tott 16 12 Port 13
13 Bolt 14 13 Bolt 16 13 Bolt 11
14 WHU 14 14 Newc 15 14 AVFC 11
15 Stok 14 15 Blac 13 15 WBA 10
16 Wign 13 16 Stok 11 16 Wign 10
17 Newc 13 17 WBA 11 17 Boro 9
18 Blac 13 18 Port 10 18 Hull 6
19 Tott 12 19 Hull 8 19 Newc 6
20 WBA 11 20 Boro 5 20 Sund 5

I know Citeh are trying to take over the world with the new Sheiks at the helm, but having them with 2 teams at 1st and 9th in the 14-26 category is a bit greedy for anyone ..... :P :winkold:

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Fulham should see about scoring some goals away from home. Look at their defence away from the Cottage, then look at the number of points they got.

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I know Citeh are trying to take over the world with the new Sheiks at the helm, but having them with 2 teams at 1st and 9th in the 14-26 category is a bit greedy for anyone ..... :P :winkold:

Cheers for the eagly eye Jon :)

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We're down on pretty much everything from last season bar away form really aren't we? Oh, and points

..... well thats progress for ya.

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