Albion have been pretty good against the Premier League’s big guns but haven’t always put the fighters away.
Last season, all 20 teams averaged more points per game against teams in the top ten than against those in the bottom half. As you would expect.
But Albion’s differential was the tightest in the prem.
They averaged 1.3 points per game against other top-half teams and 1.35 against 11th-place teams.
Their record against top-half finishers was on par with Chelsea and Manchester United – and better than West Ham.
Their record against the bottom half was significantly worse than Leeds and not much better than the relegated side.
In 2019-20, Albion picked up 20 points from 20 games against teams from the top half, a total of exactly one point per game, and 21 from 18 against their teammates from the bottom ten, a total of 1.17 per game.
Again not a big difference. Compare that to Liverpool, for example, last season with 1.9 points per game against the rest of the top half and a near-perfect 2.9 against the bottom ten.
Or Leicester with just 0.7 against the other top half teams and 2.0 against the bottom ten.
Albion ended last season with 51 points.
Had the games ended at halftime, they would have had only 44 points.
If the games had only been scored after the second half, they would have had 54 points.
Be it fitness, be it tactical options, they performed better in the second 45 than the first.
That was kind of a reversal compared to 2020-21 when they finished ninth on points in the first half and 14th in the second half, which kind of added up to 16th overall.
What does the number of corners won tell you?
Perhaps a reflection of your team’s possession and territory.
Whatever it is, Albion had exactly 200 corners last season. Only five teams had more.
They met, among others, in the very last, Danny Welbeck, who converted a delivery from Pascal Gross.
Corners are generally viewed as an overrated source of goals.
But teams BECOME more competent in such situations.
Last season, the Prem scored 146 corner kicks, 12 more than in 2020-21 and the second-highest goal of all time.
Adam Webster’s header against Espanyol can only bode well.
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