Super Saver: Will Rafa’s return to the Premier League give Newcastle a spark?

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I just can’t get enough of this crazy Premier League season. Who would have thought it would be between Leicester and Spurs for the title at the beginning of the season? And while these two battle it out for what will probably be eternal bragging rights, there is a great scrap at the bottom table between those looking to avoid relegation.

It is our friends just over the border in Newcastle who have the most to be worried about. Not only did they sack their manager, but they are languishing in the bottom three while their biggest rivals Sunderland look down on them – though our shots on target table below suggests it should be the other way round! The Magpies should really be sitting pretty in 12th, nine points clear of the drop zone. However, the shambolic performances of their goalkeepers and defence means they are looking certain for the drop.

By bringing in the much maligned and sometimes celebrated, depending which team you support, Rafael Benitez, the Geordies will be hoping he fixes the leaky defence. Forget goalkeepers Tim Krul (pictured) and Rob Elliot being their super savers this season, they need Rafa to take on that role. And soon!

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.

Team W D L Shots on target + Shots on target – Shots
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Pts League table
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Tottenham 24 3 3 204 86 118 75 1
Man City 20 4 5 165 86 79 64 2
Liverpool 18 4 6 138 92 46 58 5
Leicester 17 4 9 140 116 24 55 -3
Arsenal 16 5 8 158 122 36 53 -2
Southampton 16 5 9 130 100 30 53 1
Bournemouth 13 7 10 121 116 5 46 6
West Ham 14 4 11 131 128 3 46 -3
Chelsea 14 2 13 127 126 1 44 1
Man United 11 6 12 108 100 8 39 -4
West Brom 12 3 14 86 114 -28 39 0
Newcastle 11 3 15 105 145 -40 36 7
Crystal Palace 11 2 16 116 126 -10 35 2
Swansea 9 8 13 108 129 -21 35 2
Everton 9 6 13 134 132 2 33 -3
Watford 9 4 16 98 116 -18 31 -2
Stoke 8 4 18 97 128 -31 28 -8
Norwich 8 3 18 96 133 -37 27 0
Sunderland 6 3 20 105 171 -66 21 -2
Aston Villa 6 2 22 92 152 -60 20 0

 






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