The Premier League’s most unfortunate team when it comes to hitting the woodwork has been revealed and it’s probably not a side you would have expected.
We may have only played 12 games of the current campaign, but the stats are already highlighting that one team is unluckier than most in front of goal.
Liverpool and Stoke have both hit the woodwork six times already this season at a rate of once every two games, but that’s still just short of title contenders Tottenham and Manchester City, who have both managed to hit the post or bar seven times this term.
Arsenal, however, have managed to go one better by hitting the woodwork eight times in a figure that will have some Gunners fans worried about the North London club’s wastefulness in front of goal.
But for all the criticism Arsene Wenger’s team may or may not face, they are still a distant second when it comes to (just) missing the mark.
According to the Premier League data, it’s Bournemouth that currently lead the way when it comes to hitting the woodwork.
All told, the Cherries have chalked up a total of 13 shots that have hit either the post or bar at a rate of just over once every game.
It’s a stat that will have Eddie Howe concerned in once sense yet, in another, potentially optimistic that the Premier League minnows are at least coming close.
By contrast Leicester, Burnley and Hull – three of the top flight’s most notable strugglers – have hit the woodwork just twice this term at a rate of once every six games while Sunderland have failed to even hit the post or bar once this term in the Premier League.
Elsewhere, Manchester United and Chelsea have racked up five each alongside Southampton while Everton and West Ham have four each while all the remaining top flight sides have managed three.
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