Super saver league alternative league: United in freefall; Spurs storm the league

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Tim Howard, Everton

Well, what a weekend of football that was. Liverpool breaking Norwich fans’ hearts, United slipping to yet another defeat and Diego Costa haunting Arsenal once again. I’m only just getting my breath back, we had everything, great goals, saves and some goalie howlers (Tim Howard, I’m looking at you).

Spurs continue to top our Super Saver title, smashing 11 shots on target at Crystal Palace’s goalkeeper to win yet another game at the weekend. It is a shame they sit in fourth in the real Premier League table -the fans will be cursing. Perhaps before the end of January a new goalkeeper will help instil a wee bit of competition to prevent some of those few shots going in.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have to be growing ever more thankful for David de Gea. His performances earlier this season have helped his team to be nine places better off than they should be. I know if I was him, I would be having a right go at his forwards. With the transfer window winding down, they better hope no-one poaches de Gea from under their noses.

Some of you might have seen me looking for a super saver. I’ve finished looking now but be sure to check back on Twitter @scotfriendly and find out whether my search was successful!
Without further ado, here is the Super Saver alternative league table, which imagines what the Premier League table would look like without its goalkeepers!

Team W D L Shots on target + Shots on target – Shots
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Pts League table
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Tottenham 19 3 1 151 68 83 60 3
Man City 17 4 2 141 65 76 55 -1
Liverpool 14 4 5 111 77 34 46 4
S’hampton 13 4 6 107 72 35 43 4
Arsenal 12 4 7 123 94td> 29 40 -2
Leicester 12 4 7 107 95 12 40 -5
West Ham 11 3 9 106 107 -1 36 -1
B’mouth 9 6 8 95 92 3 33 8
Crystal Palace 10 2 11 95 99 -4 32 2
Chelsea 10 2 11 98 103 -5 32 3
West Brom 9 3 11 68 88 -20 30 3
Swansea 8 6 9 86 89 -3 30 3
Watford 9 3 11 83 86 -3 30 -3
Man United 8 4 11 81 80 1 28 -9
Newcastle 8 3 12 84 123 -39 27 3
Stoke City 6 4 13 76 99 -23 22 -7
Norwich 6 2 14 79 107 -28 20 0
Aston Villa 6 2 15 77 106 -29 20 2
Everton 4 6 13 100 115 -15 18 -7
Sunderland 3 3 17 82 145 -63 12 -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 teams back.








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