Everton were in dire straits when it was announced that manager Carlo Ancelotti was set to re-join Real Madrid following Zidane’s departure. Soon after it was announced that Rafa Benitez was set to join a Merseyside club for a second time. This time it was the other side of Merseyside, meaning his decision was greeted by wide flurry of emotions from the fans. But ultimately Benitez decided to take the job confident he could win them over by winning matches. And that is exactly what Rafa has done so far.
Everton are now placed fourth in the Premier League level on points with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United. Everton have started the season impressively winning three of their four fixtures and drawing one. In addition, they have done so scoring plenty of goals.
Everton continue to add pressure on the early leaders under Benitez.
Let’s have a look at the stats from their season so far.
Everton have scored ten goals in their four games in the Premier League, which puts them third in total goals scored along with West Ham United. They have also averaged a 2.32 goals per 90.
In terms of xG and xG per 90, Everton occupy seventh place with an xG of 6.35 and xG per 90 of 1.47.
Their shots on target puts them third in the league, having taken a total of 24 shots, just behind Manchester City and Liverpool. They are similarly ranked third based on shots on target per 90. With their xG placing them 7th, you can see they could be taking higher-value shots.
Everton’s successful smart passes and successful smart passes per 90 puts them second in the league behind leaders Manchester City. This suggests that they been highly creative with their passes and that they have been able to put a dent successfully in the opposition defence quite often.
In their recent match against Burnley, Everton’s average position during the match shows that their wing-backs pushed high up the field but did not stray too far in the opposition area just in the event they needed to trackback. Their midfielders played closely with the strikers. Everton players dominated the match in aerial duels, dribbles and shots. They were able to sustain the pressure mounted by the opposition.
Early signs are positive for Everton. They have shown that they are highly capable in taking their chances and in creating problems for the opposition. If Rafa Benitez’s men continue on improving they can definitely mount some pressure on the early league leaders.