Stoke City statistics recap through 11 matches
We’re 11 matches into the 2020/21 season – it’s time to look at some Stoke City statistics. Stoke currently sit in 8th place with 18 points, are a +3 in goal differential, are just one point outside of the top 6, and only 4 points back of first place. Sounds pretty good! Let’s see how the club is faring in some other statistical areas.
*All stats in this article are from fbref. In an upcoming article I’ll take some time to focus in on some interesting player stats.*
Goals/Assists – Currently the Potters have 15 goals and 12 assists in the Championship which has them tied for fourth in each category. In addition to this, they are in the top five in almost every scoring category – Goals/90, Goals+Assists/90, Goals minus PK’s/90.
All of this sounds great, but taking a look at shot statistics makes this a little more interesting…
Shots – Only Luton Town have less shots this season than Stoke City. So far, the Potters have only logged 95 shots. Of those 95 shots, only 29 have been on target which is last in the Championship. Not surprisingly, Stoke lead the Championship in conversion rates with a 52% goal/shot on target.
While Stoke are at the top in most scoring categories, they are generating the lowest shots on goal of any club – this is odd. Having watched every one of Stokes matches this year, I don’t think that many of their goals were lucky or not deserved. In fact, Stoke convert fairly clinically, and have often scored early and then dictated play for the rest of the match, often not looking to create chances. It should be noted that these stats are only coming from 11 matches which is not a huge sample size. We’ll have to see how this trend pans out during the rest of the season.
Goals against – Stoke has conceded 12 goals so far this season, which places them tied for 12th in that category.
Shots Against – 129 total shots against/41 on target. Both of these stats are just about in the middle of all Championship clubs.
Saves – Stoke have 28 saves on the season (tied for 12th most) and a 71.8% save percentage (16th). Stoke also have 5 clean sheets this season which is tied for 2nd most in the Championship.
Cards – Stoke are second in the Championship in yellow cards with 20 this season.
All in all, Stoke’s defensive stats are pretty average. If anything, Stoke have proven to be erratic, as they have clean sheets in 5/11 matches, yet still are not top ten in almost any defensive stat category. There seems to be a pretty clear trend for Stoke – they either completely shut down an opponent, or play open and trade changes.