Week 5 – Passing


Week 5 in the Premier League is in the books. Here is your round up for passing stats in the Premier League through five games! Be sure to hover over each visual to see how your team is performing, as only the top and bottom few in each category will be discussed in the content.

Bad Touches and Possession Lost: Last week, a visual was used that I didn’t feel adequately portrayed bad touches and losing possession. Since the correlation isn’t very strong, I went with a bar-on-bar graph. If the bar representing bad touches (the orange bar) surpasses or stays under the bar for lost possession (the blue bar) by a substantial amount, that teams lost possession is not directly related to bad touches. Teams that have both bars very close to each other (examples would be Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, etc.) can attribute their lost possession to bad touches. Teams that can afford to make bad touches and not expect to lose possession include Chelsea, Southampton, and Stoke. Teams that lose possession more than they make bad touches include Bournemouth Crystal Palace, and Manchester United.


Passing Success: After four game weeks, Manchester City was the team with most successful passing. That remains unchanged with the Citizens improving from last week to a passing success rate of over 88%. Spurs have overtaken Manchester United, attempting 3,064 passes and succeeding in 2,655 of them for a success rate of 86.7%. Newcastle United remain the worst passing team, sticking to a success rate of 69.2% despite completing around 200 more successful passes of the 500 additional total passes after game week five. West Bromwich Albion is in a similar situation as they continue to occupy the second worst passing position.

That is the passing statistics round up through five games. Tune next week to see if any teams will be added to the list of those who lose possession after a bad touch or if Newcastle will ever get better at passing!