Super Saver: Why Sunderland should be thankful for its super keeper

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Aye, it’s me once again, Bob Friendly! The games are coming thick and fast as we reach the business end of the table. Who will win the league? Who will go crashing out with Villa? Here at Scottish Friendly, we of course care about the goalkeepers the most as they are the ones that help save us a bit of cash.

People in the North East must be mad. Not only are Newcastle yet to experience the Rafa effect, Sunderland just can’t get out of the relegation zone. Both teams won at the weekend, though Sunderland didn’t deserve to by our reckoning, so they have a lot to thank their keeper for.

Newcastle, on the other hand, are paying the price for their poor play earlier this season. Their goalies have faced a total of 162 shots, so it is no wonder they are eight places worse off in the league than they should be! They may want to get a keeper like Sunderland has who can win them games, but let’s not say that to any of the Toon.

Let’s see how our own league is getting on as we head towards the end of the season. The Champions League places are really heating up!

Team W D L Shots on target + Shots on target – Shots
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Pts League table
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Tottenham 27 3 4 231 96 135 84 1
Man City 23 4 6 187 98 89 73 1
Liverpool 22 4 6 165 110 55 70 5
Arsenal 19 5 9 185 135 50 62 0
Leicester 19 4 11 155 127 28 61 -4
Southampton 18 5 11 147 117 30 59 1
West Ham 18 4 11 154 146 8 58 -1
Bournemouth 14 7 13 131 138 -7 49 5
Man United 14 6 13 119 113 6 48 -4
Chelsea 15 2 16 146 150 -4 47 0
Newcastle 13 3 17 128 162 -34 42 8
Crystal Palace 13 2 17 132 139 -7 41 4
West Brom 12 4 17 92 129 -37 40 1
Swansea 10 8 16 119 145 -26 38 1
Stoke 11 4 19 113 147 -34 37 -6
Everton 10 6 16 146 146 0 36 -5
Norwich 11 3 19 114 148 -34 36 0
Watford 9 5 20 113 145 -32 32 -6
Sunderland 7 3 23 119 192 -73 24 -1
Aston Villa 7 2 25 100 168 -68 23 0

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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