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The 10 worst defensive teams in the Premier League this season, according to stats

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Taking a look at the sides who are conceding far, far too many chances We are now eight matches into the Premier League season and the division is starting to take shape.

So, which teams have been the worst defenders in the Premier League so far this season?



You can use a team’s xG numbers over an entire season to determine whether they have defended resolutely and conceded few chances, or if they are allowing the opposition far too many opportunities to test the goalkeeper.



We reveal the worst 10 sides based on xG, below, using data from Understat…



The ‘expected goal’ value of every shot in a game is used to calculate the ‘expected goals’ of a match.

Based on a number of factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders, the ‘expected goal’ value reveals the likelihood a specific shot will end in a goal; the higher the value, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot.

The basic usage of expected goals is that every shot taken in a match is given an xG value based on the difficulty of the shot.
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