The English Premier League 2022/23 race is wide open as Arsenal leads the charge going into the international break. The Gunners have a five-point lead over the defending champions, Manchester City, and are being chased by some other rivals for the title. One of the teams that has come out as a surprise package is Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United. The Magpies are sitting third in the league table and are seven points behind the league leaders. They have won eight, drawn six, and only lost one match, all thanks to their defence. Newcastle United have conceded the joint-lowest number of goals and have seven clean sheets. They have even managed to score goals against the top teams. This start to the season has raised their hopes of finishing in the top four. We now look at some of the stats that show why Newcastle United have a good chance of playing in Europe next season.

How have the Magpies performed so far in the season?

Newcastle United English Premier League 2022-23 Data Stats Analysis

Newcastle United are currently on a ten-match unbeaten run and a five-match winning streak. Eddie Howe’s men have managed to score 29 goals in 15 matches and conceded just 11. The above viz shows the percentile rank of the team in attacking, defensive, and possession stats compared to other teams in the English Premier League. We can clearly observe that the Magpies are ranked at the top in the defensive stats, especially for recoveries and high-pressing success. They are also ranked highly in attacking displays, which has led to a successful start. Newcastle United have a high xG rate of 1.96 per match. Another area where they have excelled is in making entries into the opposition’s penalty area. The overall performances have led to early-season glory.

Impressive attacking display

Newcastle United English Premier League 2022-23 Data Stats Analysis

The Magpies have scored 29 goals with an average of 1.93 goals per match. They create 32.6 positional attacks and 1.53 counterattacks per match. The above viz shows the shot map of the team in the current season. It can be observed that the Magpies have scored most of their goals from just around the 6-yard box. Eddie Howe’s men average 13.2 shots per match and have an accuracy rate of 35.4%. The xG is high because they have managed to take shots from dangerous areas inside the penalty box.

Newcastle United English Premier League 2022-23 Data Stats Analysis

Another reason why they have excelled in the attacking department is due to their high-pressing success. This high pressing has allowed them to make 191 high regains. A total of 62 dangerous recoveries have been made by the team, and most of these recoveries have been made in the attacking third. The Magpies have also made a few dangerous recoveries inside the opposition penalty box, and that has led to a shot on ten occasions.

Newcastle United English Premier League 2022-23 Data Stats Analysis

Miguel Almiron has found his touch in the English Premier League this season. The winger has managed to score eight goals for his side. Almiron plays on the right side and has a strong left foot. He likes to cut inside and attempt shots to score a goal. The Paraguayan has attempted 36 shots and has an accuracy rate of just over 30%. He has been the key player in the attack for Newcastle United.

The sturdy defence

Newcastle United English Premier League 2022-23 Data Stats Analysis

Eddie Howe’s men have surprised many with the displays they are giving on the pitch, especially against the big teams. Their defence has been solid and has kept a clean sheet against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. Sven Botman and Nick Pope were two important additions to the team. They have settled into the starting 11 and have given some tremendous displays on the pitch. The above viz depicts the team’s defensive territory during the 2022/23 English Premier League season. Newcastle United gives up 10.93 fouls per match and makes 47 interceptions at the same time. One of the key things that can be observed is that the Magpies haven’t committed silly fouls in their defensive areas. They haven’t conceded a penalty, and the defence has shown discipline.

Newcastle United English Premier League 2022-23 Data Stats Analysis

When it comes to winning duels, Newcastle United are ranked at the top for winning their duels. The Magpies have won 59.6% of their defensive duels and 55% of their aerial duels. The above viz shows the benchmarking of the team for aerial duels amongst other teams in the league. We can see that the Magpies are ranked second and have shown aerial dominance on the pitch.

Newcastle United English Premier League 2022-23 Data Stats Analysis

Newcastle United English Premier League 2022-23 Data Stats Analysis

Newcastle United’s defenders have put their bodies on the line and blocked 53 shots. These blocks have been crucial and were made inside their own penalty box. One of the players who has been consistent at the back is their Swiss defender Fabian Schar. He has made 13 crucial blocks, and one was made just outside the six-yard box. This shows the commitment shown by the players and their dedication to carrying Newcastle United back to glory.

Conclusion

Newcastle United have conceded only five goals in the last ten games. The defence has played a crucial part in their success. They have won crucial duels and stopped the opposition from scoring goals. Nick Pope has made 43 saves and averages around three saves per match. The attack is led by Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson. Other players have also contributed towards scoring goals. These contributions have led to success in the league. Eddie Howe will hope that these players stay at the top of their game after the World Cup and finish in the top four.

Visuals via TFA data viz engine