EPL Player Ratings, 3 games in

I maintain a database of EPL players, using it to calculate ratings and performance stats for every player in the league.

3 games in, the starting line-ups are barely settled and the small sample of matches leaves a lot to chance. Nevertheless I’m publishing some data to try out a new reporting format and develop a ‘quick to print’ process. Some of the key players that will influence the league may have already begun to show their quality in the ratings.

Earlier this year I categorised 6 ‘themes’ by which to rate players – some of which have little correlation to team results but nevertheless give some degree of insight into what type of player an individual is relative to his peers.

The categories are:

  • Defending / Ball-winning
  • Passing / Ball-retention
  • Attacking
  • Involvement
  • Discipline
  • Goalkeeping

They’re pretty self-explanatory really but I will note that success rates of performing certain actions are accounted for in the ratings. And I’ve decided to rank them 1-10 to make them as intuitive as possible (and equivalent to ratings on Football Manager / whoscored / etc).

Here’s some data for the whole of the Premier League so far:


Arsenal G 1-3Walcott & Giroud most influential early on, with Ramsey enjoying high involvement and passing stats as he has assumed some of the missing Arteta’s responsibilities.

Aston Villa:

AVFC G 1-3No surprise to see Benteke leading the stats. Delph continues to be highly influential as well.

Cardiff City:

Cardiff G 1-3


Some low-ish scores for Cardiff players, partly reflecting the mixed bag of results they have had so far.


CFC G 1-3Chelsea’s stats show Hazard and Oscar vying for top player.

Crystal Palace:

CPFC G 1-3O’Keefe sits at the top having enjoyed a goal in his only brief appearance against Sunderland. Defensive-minded players Jedinak, Ward and Delaney have excellent early defence ratings.


EFC G 1-3Not many minutes being shared to those outside the first 11 as yet, although with Fellaini out the door and some new arrivals in the team it will be interesting to see who becomes the most dominant player – my early money is on Pienaar.


FFC G 1-320 players already have game time for Fulham which indicates how much competition for places there is. Little to shout about stats-wise.

Hull City:

HCFC G 1-32 subs lead the way, followed by Elmohamady, who has been adept at retaining possession so far.


LFC G 1-3Sturridge, who else? On the other side of the coin, Aspas has underwhelmed the model so far.

Man City:

MCFC G 1-3Silva & Clichy are involved a lot for City and it’s understandable, particularly as they retain the ball so well. It could also be an indication that Clichy has been identified by the opposition as a weak link so he has more defensive work to do than average.

Man Utd:

MUFC G 1-3Vidic, Evra & Ferdinand at the top here which says much about the opposition United have played so far. 2 games of little service have left RVP’s stats lagging behind the rest.

Newcastle United:

NUFC G 1-3Santon has picked up this season from where he left off last year, leading the way in terms of performance on the field.

Norwich City:

NCFC G 1-3So far so good for new signings Redmond and Fer, who have made a bright start to life at Norwich. It will be interesting to see how Snodgrass develops this year considering his high influence last season.


Southampton G 1-3Fonte and Lovren stand out so far from Southampton’s close games.

Stoke City:

Stoke G 1-3Early days for Stoke under Hughes, but fans will be happy with 6pts in their first 3 games. Marc Wilson’s good all-round contributions make him stand ahead of the crowd.


Sunderland G 1-3Interesting here as Roberge tops the chart, despite only playing in the first game of the season (and being criticised for making the mistake that allowed Fulham to score).

Swansea City:

Swans G 1-3Great stats from Chico again so far this year – those who caught my reviews of last season will already know how highly the model rated him.

Tottenham Hotspur:

THFC G 1-3Despite the many millions spent on new signings, Townsend has been most influential for Spurs so far. But with Lamela and Eriksen yet to play a full game watch this space.

West Brom:

WBA G 1-3Not a lot to shout about yet for goalless WBA.

West Ham United:

WHUFC G 1-3Joe Cole and James Collins lead the way but just 50mins of playing time from Ravel Morrison was enough to push him into 3rd place.


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