EPL

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Updated 9.26.16

Is my EPL team any good?

Do you want to know objectively how good your EPL team is in comparison to their peers? We can answer this basic question. The Aggregate Rankings are the snapshot of where every team in the English Premier League is ranked compared to their opponents and current standings.

How does one use this page to better understand their EPL team?

  • Start with the Aggregate Rankings – Go simple. Does your favorite team in the English Premier League have a red, yellow, or green color? What is their overall rank, and what other teams are ahead of them or behind them?
  • What is your favorite EPL team’s Points Per Match (PPM) Rank? Compared to their peers, where does your favorite EPL team rank overall for points per match?
  • Is your favorite EPL team under-rated or over-rated? Again, go simple. Is the over/under rating green or red? Does the aggregate rank match closely to the current PPM Rank? Is there a big discrepancy? If your team has a large positive (green) number, then you may be poised for some improvement. If there’s a large negative (red) number, be concerned that your team may have over performed its current points earned. Ask yourself why by looking at the other pages.

Please explain how the Aggregate Rankings Work for the English Premier League

For these soccer stats, I take the rank of each team’s goal differential (which is goals scored per game minus goals allowed per game) and then average it with their Three Factors rank. The Three Factors are a simple model based on high-level stats, but they can share a lot of useful information quickly. Let’s say that a team has an Aggregate Rank of 1.5. They rank #2 on goal differential and #1 on the Three Factors rank. The average comes out to 1.5. If this team ranks #1 in PPM, then this team is overvalued on the aggregate rankings by -0.5.

This is the starting point for looking at the EPL. Want to dig in further? Ask yourself the following two questions:

  1. Does My Team Have a Good Offense or Defense? Click Here for EPL Goal Differential
  2. Why is My Team Good (or Bad)? Try Here for the EPL Three Factors

Stats Nerds: Link to the EPL data set can be found here. Please email with questions.