First Ten Games: Part One

Four wins, two draws and four losses.

Here are some passing stats from the first ten games that show how the average Newcastle United game has played out this season:

And to compare, here are the equivalent stats of two teams on either end of the footballing spectrum:

Firstly, Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal,

And secondly, Pulis’s Stoke City,

The statistics suggest that Hughton prefers a possession based approach to play and his team have, on average, executed this successfully in the first ten games of the season.

Has this approach lead to good goalscoring opportunities?

And again, to compare:

Arsenal,

And Stoke,

The stats suggest that the possession based approach has, on average, lead to more goalscoring opportunities than their opponents. Of these opportunities, 36% of them have been on target and 13% have lead to goals.

Data taken from Guardian Chalkboards

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