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A scientific algorithm to ensure Super Sunday is actually super

Eat your heart out Albert Einstein - here's a formula that ranks Premier League teams in order of whose attacking style is easiest on the eye. Suck that E=MC2

by Josh Powell | November 7, 2013

The Sky Sports hype-machine goes into overdrive at the end of every week. Whether it is two of the big clubs slogging it out, or a tasty derby with a bit of needle, the overly dramatic montages step up a gear for clashes on Super Sunday.

Unfortunately the reality is, some of the games just aren’t that super.

Of the 17 matches shown on Sky Sports on Sundays this season, 10 of them have had two goals or less. That’s not what we need when we’re tucking in to a Sunday roast. We were led to believe that by the time we’re on our third round of Yorkshire Puddings and gravy, we’ll have witnessed a seven-goal thriller with attacking intent from both sides.

Unfortunately we’re actually left with Southampton and West Ham playing out a 0-0 draw.

But the big dogs at Sky Sports needn’t worry. Here at the Paddy Power Blog we’ve formulated an algorithm that ranks teams in terms of entertaining football. It’s science folks, and you can’t argue with science.

Algorithm sum

  • We’ve taken the positive tactics and stats for teams in the Premier League – Goals, Shots (minus the ones off target!), Minutes spent in the opposition’s half and Corners won.
  • And the negative statistics – Long balls played, games they’re involved in which feature less than 2.5 goals, Offsides conceded and cautions for Diving
  • Putting the numbers in the formula gives us a score for each team based on their style of play – the higher the score is, the more entertaining they are to watch and consequently you can judge how super, Super Sunday will actually be

Algorithm full table

Manchester City top the charts thanks to some of the goal-fests they have been involved in this year and their incredible attacking intent. The Citizens have racked up 77 corners this season and have been involved in just two games that have had less than 2.5 goals.

Liverpool narrowly pip Tottenham for second mainly, in part thanks to their 17 goals this term. Spurs were let down by playing more long balls than anybody else this year (700) and being involved in nine games that featured less than 2.5 goals.

Manchester United miss out on the top four with two players cautioned for diving and being caught offside a massive 35 times in 10 games.

Compared to their Premier League position, it is Sunderland and Stoke who win the converted ‘teams that the formula says are playing good stuff, but just can’t pick up points competition’.

The Black Cats are up eight spots to 11th after spending 256.5 minutes this season in the opposition’s half – the same amount as Liverpool. Stoke also climb high through playing very un-Stoke-like football. The Potters have won 51 corners and only Man City, Newcastle and Arsenal have played fewer long balls than Stoke. Hat tip to Mark Hughes.

In theory the best Super Sunday the bosses at Sky could force through would be Manchester City v Liverpool, a game that is actually scheduled to take place on December 26.

Merry Christmas football fans.

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