Newcastle United’s not so secret weapon

There is no team in Europe with such a superior set-piece advantage.


The competition that exists at the moment in the Premier League is going to leave, except for new places in the future, historical clubs with huge budgets without Champions League. Without going any further, Liverpool and Chelsea have very difficult to access one of the first four places and Tottenham is currently out.

One of these new teams with the financial muscle to establish themselves among the Premier League elite is Newcastle United, a team that, beyond its investment, still far from Manchester City or Manchester United, is establishing itself in prestigious positions thanks, in addition to its defensive solidity, to a crucial factor where it shows itself as the best team not only in the Premier League, but also in the five major European leagues.

Suffice it to stay with a really shocking numerical data: the Newcastle United of Eddie Howe generates 0.60 expected goals per 90′ only through corners, throw-ins, direct fouls and indirect fouls. On a visual level, to know in proportion how far behind the rest, we have crossed Expected Goals from Set Pieces with Expected Assists from Set Pieces for it, metrics in which Newcastle is far behind the average and its pursuers.

In terms of the percentage of expected goals generated from set pieces to the total, only Brentford, and by a very small margin, rely more on the set piece than Newcastle, at 37%, to the Magpies’ 36.5%. The individual ability of Kieran Trippier in all kinds of fouls and corners and the work of the strategy department, with countless plays and movements focused on finding the finisher directly or indirectly, has catapulted Newcastle to generate an extraordinary flow of chances, to become the great European reference in this section.

We are Driblab, a consultancy specialized in the statistical analysis of players and teams; our work is focused on advising and minimizing risk in professional football decision-making in areas related to talent detection and footballer evaluations. Our database has more than 200,000 players from more than 180 competitions, covering information from all over the world. Here you can learn more about how we work and what we offer.

Autor: Alejandro Arroyo
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