Successfully crossing a ball can be one of the most important assets for a team. Although it's not easy on the eye it can be very effective and cause a lot of problems for defenders.

But who whips the ball in to the mixer more than anyone else and, more importantly, which team is the best at doing so?

Opta Sports have conducted a survey to see who are the most incessant crossers of the ball and who are the most successful. The survey also took in to account the best individual crossers of the ball. 

Below shows how many crosses each team in Premier League have attempted and also shows the percentage of successful attempts. 

Unsurprisingly, Sam Allardyce’s West Ham lead the way with 633 crosses. Thanks to big strikers like Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll their crosses also have the highest success rate at 24.49%.

Matthew Jarvis has made the most crosses as an individual this season with 171 attempted and 42 being successful.

Tottenham have been in need of a striker all season and their lack of presence up front is evident from low success rate of crosses with only 16.97% finding the right player.

Liverpool will be surprised to see themselves in 17th place with only 420 attempted crosses but also the worst success rate at 14.52%. 

As for players, many will be surprised to see that Rickie Lambert is the most successful crosser in the Premier League this season with a success rate of 36%.

Number of crosses played by each Premier League team this season and the percentage that find a team-mate

1. West Ham
Open play crosses: 633
% that find a team-mate: 24.49%

2. NEWCASTLE 
Open play crosses: 594
% that find a team-mate: 20.37%

3. READING 
Open play crosses: 578
% that find a team-mate: 20.07%

4. MANCHESTER UNITED 
Open play crosses: 573
% that find a team-mate: 19.55%

5. ARSENAL
Open play crosses: 558
% that find a team-mate: 19.55%

6. EVERTON
Open play crosses: 550
% that find a team-mate: 20.55%

7. SUNDERLAND
Open play crosses: 544
% that find a team-mate: 16.73%

8. STOKE 
Open play crosses: 542
% that find a team-mate: 18.08%

9. SOUTHAMPTON
Open play crosses: 535
% that find a team-mate: 21.12%

10. WIGAN
Open play crosses: 510
% that find a team-mate: 19.22%

11. NORWICH
Open play crosses: 489
% that find a team-mate: 21.88%

12. MANCHESTER CITY
Open play crosses: 483
% that find a team-mate: 21.88%

13. CHELSEA
Open play crosses: 479
% that find a team-mate: 17.54%

14. TOTTENHAM
Open play crosses: 442
% that find a team-mate: 16.97%

15. SWANSEA
Open play crosses: 437
% that find a team-mate: 22.88%

16. FULHAM
Open play crosses: 432
% that find a team-mate: 17.36%

17. LIVERPOOL
Open play crosses: 420
% that find a team-mate: 14.52%

18. QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Open play crosses: 417
% that find a team-mate: 16.55%

19. WEST BROMWICH ALBION 
Open play crosses: 403
% that find a team-mate: 20.35%

20. ASTON VILLA
Open play crosses: 389
% that find a team-mate: 19.02%

Top 10 crossers in the Premier League

1. Rickie Lambert
% that find a team-mate: 36%

2. Jonathan De Guzma 
% that find a team-mate: 33.93%

3. Guy Demel
% that find a team-mate: 33.33%

4. Wayne Routledge
% that find a team-mate: 28.57%

5. Sebastian Larsson
% that find a team-mate: 28.07

6. Cesar Azpilicueta
% that find a team-mate: 26.76%

7. Hal Robson-Kanu 
% that find a team-mate: 26.67%

8. Nathaniel Clyne 
% that find a team-mate: 26.15%

9. Rafael
% that find a team-mate: 25.4%

10. Seamus Coleman 
% that find a team-mate: 25.35


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