2015 Premier League in Numbers: Ozil and Kane the star acts

Mesut Ozil - The Premier League's most creative player in 2015
Mesut Ozil - The Premier League's most creative player in 2015

Using some informative Opta stats for the whole of the calendar year, Mike Norman tells us who shone in 2015, the teams that have impressed and those that are in big trouble, as he updates us on some key Betfair markets...


"Ozil led the way in 2015 for Assists (20) and Chances Created (136), while he was also prominent in the Goal Involvement list. The German international is currently available to back at 3.211/5 to be crowned this season's PFA Player of the Year."

Clubs

After one of the most unpredictable starts to a Premier League season in many years it's Arsenal that will step into 2016 as the team to catch, and some will say that's a justified position for the Gunners to be in given that they accumulated more points in 2015 than any other club.

Arsene Wenger's men won 25 of the 38 leagues games they played throughout the calendar year, drew six and lost seven, giving them a total of 81 points, nine clear of their main title rivals Manchester City.

Tottenham are third in the 2015 table on 68 points, with Leicester, who were bottom of the Premier League table this time 12 months ago, fourth after accumulating a quite staggering 67 points this calendar year.

Coincidentally the four clubs who top the 2015 rankings also currently occupy the first four position in this season's table.

Arsenal can be backed at 2.466/4 to win the 2015/16 Premier League title, just ahead of Man City at 2.588/5, while Tottenham, 11.521/2, and Leicester, 19.018/1, are the third and fourth favourites respectively.

Most points accumulated in 2015
Arsenal - 81
Man City - 72
Tottenham - 68
Leicester - 67
Man Utd - 64
Liverpool - 64
Crystal Palace - 63
Chelsea - 61
Stoke - 58
Everton - 52


Aston Villa (25 points), Sunderland (30), and Newcastle (30) are by some distance the lowest ranking Premier League clubs of all those to have played 38 games in 2015, and it's no surprise to see the same three teams currently occupying the relegation zone in this season's table.

In a quirky stat, newly-promoted Watford have actually accumulated more points in just 19 top-flight games (29) than Villa's 25-point total in the whole of the calendar year.

Remi Garde's men are just 1.091/11 to back in Betfair's Relegation market, ahead of Sunderland at 1.182/11 and Newcastle at 1.9310/11.

Fewest points accumulated in 2015 (of all those playing 38 games)
Aston Villa - 25
Sunderland - 30
Newcastle - 30
West Ham - 45
Swansea - 47
West Brom - 50
Southampton - 51


The two Manchester clubs dominate a number of team stats with City leading the way in 2015 for number of goals scored (79), Total Shots (487), and Shots on Target (246), indicating that they can mount a serious title challenge in the coming months.

But it's a different story for Man United, who despite topping the Successful Passes (18,152), Passing Accuracy (84.4%), and Average Possession (62.5%) stats, are only listed 7th, 13th, and 9th for goals, shots, and shots on target respectively.

Louis van Gaal's tactics have been accused of being too pedestrian with his players keeping possession and going sideways rather than attacking. It's hard to disagree given the statistics above. United can be backed at 2.35/4 to record a Top 4 Finish this season.


Players

Two men stood head and shoulders above anyone else when it came to creating and scoring goals in 2015 - Mesut Ozil and Harry Kane.

Kane had a tremendous 2015, scoring 27 goals for Tottenham in his 38 games played, some eight clear of the Premier League's current leading scorer Jamie Vardy.

But it wasn't just the amount of goals scored where Kane impressed, he also tops the 2015 stats for Total Shots (103), Shots on Target (65), and Goal Involvement (31).

2015 Leading Goalsocrers
Harry Kane - 27
Jamie Vardy - 19
Romelu Lukaku - 19
Olivier Giroud - 19
Sergio Aguero - 19
Christian Benteke - 17
Riyad Mahrez - 15
Odion Ighalo - 14


Lukaku and Vardy currently lead the way in this season's standings with 15 goals each, and they can be backed at 2.829/5 and 5.85/1 respectively in Betfair's Top Goalscorer market. Ighalo (14 goals this season) is next best at 7.06/1, with Kane (13) available to back at 7.26/1.

Much of Ozil's contributions to the 2015 stats have come this season with the Arsenal midfielder performing brilliantly week in week out for the Gunners.

Ozil led the way in 2015 for Assists (20) and Chances Created (136), while he was also prominent in the Goal Involvement list. The German international is currently available to back at 3.211/5 to be crowned this season's PFA Player of the Year.

2015 Most Assists
Mesut Ozil - 20
David Silva - 12
Santi Cazorla - 11
Marc Albrighton - 9
Chris Brunt - 9
Jamie Vardy - 9


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