Monday, 17 December 2012

Spurs 1 - Swansea 0 Stats and Chalkboards

60% of Premier League games last season were either draws or won by a single goal, in a game such as the one yesterday, the margins between hard fought draw and disappointing defeat are pretty small.

The top level shot stats suggest one-way traffic but against a talented and well organised Spurs, it was always going to be the case of defending solidly and trying to restrict clear-cut chances.
Swansea with no attempts on target and the 3 attempts including one from almost half way
Given the goals conceded last week, it was particularly disappointing to concede again from a set piece.  Swansea did all they could to try and minimise opportunities conceding only 8 fouls all game.

Comparing halves, Swansea had more of the ball in the second half compared to their activity in the first but most of it came to nothing, partly due to Spurs having a huge 31 interceptions in the second half.
Swansea's Final Third Passing by Half - Twice the number in the second half but little near the penalty area (due in part to the huge volume of Spurs interceptions)
Spurs with 39 interceptions, 31 of which in the second half.  Chico made most interceptions overall with 8
It's a second straight league defeat with Man Utd to come next, but nowhere near time to panic, this was a spirited performance against a quality team.

If Arsenal sort themselves out and beat Reading tonight then the top 6 will comprise what I would consider to be the best 6 teams in the league.  Beyond them from 7th down to the edge of the relegation places you could make a case for any of the remaining teams ending the season being the 7th best in the league.  I would argue there is little difference from West Brom (currently in 6th) down to Sunderland in 16th.

This means that a top half finish for Swansea is perfectly achievable but with 4 games in a 10 day period to come I'm still a bit twitchy.  It says something however about how we've progressed that the FA cup game against Arsenal could see us field a weakened team with the League Cup semi to come where Arsenal will see it as their best chance of redeeming something from the season.

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