Premier League reveals alternate ‘xG table’ with shocks for Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal & West Ham

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Tottenham Hotspur are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table - but who is at the top of the Premier League xG table?

After eight games, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal find themselves inside the top four of the Premier League table. It has been a fruitful season so far for the North London rivals, but others, such as Chelsea, have not been quite so fortunate.

Today, however, we won’t be focusing on the Premier League table - instead, we will be looking at the xG table and how it affects the positioning of the teams within England’s top division.

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xG is a contraction of ‘expected goals’ - as such, it focuses on the amount of goals that a team is expected to score based on the chances they create. For example, a penalty kick will yield an xG of 0.78 - while an audacious shot from 40 yards may have an xG score of 0.01-0.02. And the Premier League’s official X account has published how the table would look according to xG.

How does the Premier League xG table look?

The Premier League table, when based on accumulative xG, is as follows:

1. Manchester City

2. Newcastle United

3. Arsenal

4. Chelsea

5. Everton

6. Liverpool

7. Tottenham Hotspur

8. Brentford

9. Aston Villa

10. Brighton

11. Manchester United

12. Crystal Palace

13. Nottingham Forest

14. West Ham

15. Luton

16. Fulham

17. Wolves

18. Burnley

19. Bournemouth

20. Sheffield United

How have London teams fared in the xG table?

The most notable casualty of the xG table is Tottenham - while they are currently top of the actual Premier League table, they find themselves in 7th position in the xG table. They aren’t the only ones who have seen their position drop - Crystal Palace, Arsenal and West Ham have also plummetted.

One team, however, have seen a significant boost to their position - Chelsea. The Blues currently sit in 11th place in the actual Premier League table - however, in the xG table, they find themselves in 4th.

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This could bode well for Chelsea fans. If they can begin to take their chances, they could begin to skyrocket up the table, surpassing a slew of their London rivals along the way. It shows that they are creating chances, but are failing to put many of them away.

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