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Artur Boruc - Bournemouth

While Leicester storm towards the real Premier League title, it is Spurs who should be walking it. In fact, if there were no goalkeepers in the Premiership, Tottenham would be 11 points clear. With nearly 165 shots on target, compared to just 69 shots on targets against, Spurs have consistently dominated the Super Saver alternative league, a league where we take all the football stats and imagine how teams would fare if goalkeepers just didn’t exist. Skewing the stats this way shows some real weaknesses…and strengths in teams and their keepers. Kasper Schmeichel has been part of the reason Leicester are top of the real league, helping his side to being four places higher than they ought to be.

At the other end of the scale, Simon Mignolet and Artur Boruc (pictured) are preventing their sides (Liverpool and Bournemouth) from competing where they should be. The Reds should be in the Champions League places but instead lie in ninth place in the real league. Instead of buying a keeper in January, Liverpool gave Mignolet a new five year contract. It seems many teams just don’t know what to do with their millions.

Take a wee look at our alternative table, and look how different the league would look. I’m sure even Louis van Gaal would be out of a job at United if this was the real league!

Team W D L Shots on target + Shots on target – Shots
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Pts League table
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Tottenham 21 3 1 165 69 96 66 1
Man City 17 4 4 147 75 72 55 2
Liverpool 15 4 6 117 85 32 49 6
Arsenal 14 4 7 139 101 38 46 -1
Leicester 14 4 7 120 100 20 46 -4
Southampton 13 5 7 112 85 27 44 1
West Ham 12 4 9 114 111 3 40 -1
Bournemouth 10 6 9 103 100 3 36 7
Chelsea 11 2 12 107 113 -6 35 4
Man United 10 4 11 93 85 8 34 -5
Swansea 9 6 10 93 98 -5 33 5
West Brom 10 3 12 75 99 -24 33 2
Crystal Palace 10 2 13 100 106 -6 32 -1
Watford 9 3 13 86 98 -12 30 -4
Newcastle 9 3 13 94 130 -36 30 2
Everton 6 6 13 113 121 -8 24 -8
Norwich 7 2 15 86 116 -30 23 1
Stoke City 6 4 15 79 111 -32 22 -7
Aston Villa 6 2 17 82 116 -34 20 1
Sunderland 4 3 18 87 152 -65 15 -1

How the table works

Here at Scottish Friendly we thought we would highlight just how important keepers are to a team, after all they are savers in their own right! We imagine each game without keepers and take the number of shots on target by each team as the result. By looking at it this way, we can see which goalies have been busy winning their team points, while also finding out which ones are holding their team back.


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