Premier League game states, 9 Dec 2020
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 stoppage time, which means that even when every club has played the same number of matches they 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 graph below).
Tottenham‘s table-topping start looks fair here: they’re the only club in the division who have spent more than half their time on the pitch in a winning position and they’ve barely spent any time trailing (just 58 minutes so far by my count). They’re also the only team yet to find themselves more than a goal down at any point.
At the other end of the table, Sheffield United have spent just 43 minutes in the lead so far, although they’ve also spent the highest share of playing time with the scores level. Fulham edge then on the proportion of time spent losing – they’re the only team to have been behind for more than half of their total time on the pitch so far.