Premier League “game states”, 2018/19
Here’s another quick end-of-season round-up that I always find quite interesting. What I’ve done below is to measure how long each club has spent in each of the three main “game states” – i.e. winning, drawing and losing. I’ve then converted these into percentages because I include added time, which means that every club will have a slightly different total number of minutes played. I’ve then ranked clubs by the difference between the share of time they’ve spent winning versus losing, which feels like the fairest way to do it (and also gives you the nice smooth graphs below).
There are few surprises at the top: both Man City and Liverpool spent more than half their time in the lead and far less than anyone else in a losing position. Crystal Palace look as though their 12th-placed finish was an underachievement given that they spent more time winning than losing, while both Wolves and Leicester secured top half finishes despite trailing for significantly longer than they led.