EPL 2014-15: Wayne Rooney & Sergio Agüero are top home & away performers respectively

Tens of thousands of people chanting/singing the name is unparalleled to any other motivation for a football player. Many players become very much effective in Home stadium than in opponents’ stadiums. It is evident from the fact that 16 teams out of 20 in English Premier League (EPL 2014-15) have a better yield (points per game) in home games than away games. As shown in the below table, Tottenham, Hull City, Sunderland and Manchester City are the only 4 teams which have defied this.

English Premier League 2014-15 (after 19 games)
Current Position Club Points / Home game Points / Away game Difference between home & away game*
15 Queens Park Rangers 1.8 0 1.8
3 Manchester United 2.5 1.22 1.28
9 Swansea City 2 0.89 1.11
1 Chelsea 3 1.9 1.1
10 Newcastle United 1.89 0.9 0.99
6 West Ham United 1.9 1.33 0.57
4 Southampton 2 1.44 0.56
5 Arsenal 2 1.5 0.5
12 Everton 1.33 0.9 0.43
19 Burnley 1 0.67 0.33
8 Liverpool 1.6 1.33 0.27
11 Stoke City 1.44 1.2 0.24
20 Leicester City 0.78 0.6 0.18
18 Crystal Palace 0.89 0.8 0.09
16 West Bromwich Albion 0.9 0.89 0.01
13 Aston Villa 1.11 1.1 0.01
2 Manchester City 2.22 2.3 -0.08
14 Sunderland 0.9 1.22 -0.32
17 Hull City 0.67 1 -0.33
7 Tottenham Hotspur 1.4 1.89 -0.49

* – Points / home game minus Points / away game – Positive value indicates better results in home games and Negative value indicates better results in away games

The home dominance is due to players’ better performance at home stadium. A majority of the players perform more effectively in home games than away games. There are also some players who perform very well under opponents’ fans’ constant booing. Players who have made a minimum of 10 direct goal contributions (goals + assists) are chosen for the analysis to identify the better performers at home and away games.

English Premier League 2014-15 (after 19 games) – Player statistics
Player Team Appearances Minutes Played Goals Assists Direct Goal Contribution (Goals + Assists)
Sergio Agüero Manchester City 15 1053 14 3 17
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 18 1499 10 6 16
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 18 1597 2 13 15
Diego Costa Chelsea 16 1354 13 1 14
Charlie Austin Queens Park Rangers 17 1464 12 2 14
Wayne Rooney Manchester United 15 1307 8 4 12
Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea 18 1531 4 8 12
Eden Hazard Chelsea 19 1671 7 4 11
Papiss Demba Cissé Newcastle United 13 635 9 1 10
Robin van Persie Manchester United 18 1504 8 2 10
Wilfried Bony Swansea 19 1283 8 2 10
Graziano Pellè Southampton 19 1682 8 2 10

Looking at the home performances of these 12 top performers of the EPL, there are two dimensions to analyse their effectiveness in front of goal: Goals contributed (goals + assists) per home game and Minutes played per home goal contribution (goals + assists). When it comes to goal contribution per home game, Wayne Rooney, Diego Costa and Alexis Sánchez top the list. But if minutes played per home goal contribution is taken into consideration, Papiss Demba Cissé tops the list since in 7 games he played the game only by coming on as a substitute.

English Premier League 2014-15 (after 19 games) – Player Home performance statistics
Player Team Appearances Minutes Played Goals Assists Goal Contribution (Goals + Assists) Goal Contribution / Game Minutes Played / Goal Contribution
Papiss Demba Cissé Newcastle United 7 305 5 1 6 0.86 50.8
Wayne Rooney Manchester United 7 587 7 2 9 1.29 65.2
Diego Costa Chelsea 8 658 9 1 10 1.25 65.8
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 9 744 6 5 11 1.22 67.6
Charlie Austin Queens Park Rangers 10 865 9 2 11 1.1 78.6
Sergio Agüero Manchester City 7 473 6 0 6 0.86 78.8
Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea 10 849 2 7 9 0.9 94.3
Eden Hazard Chelsea 9 788 6 2 8 0.89 98.5
Graziano Pellè Southampton 10 890 7 1 8 0.8 111.3
Robin van Persie Manchester United 9 790 5 2 7 0.78 112.9
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 8 698 0 6 6 0.75 116.3
Wilfried Bony Swansea 10 768 5 1 6 0.6 128

Similarly analysing away statistics, when it comes to goal contribution per away game Sergio Agüero, Cesc Fàbregas and Papiss Demba Cissé top the list. The same three tops the list even if minutes played per away goal contribution is taken into consideration.

English Premier League 2014-15 (after 19 games) – Player Away performance statistics
Player Team Appearances Minutes Played Goals Assists Goal Contribution (Goals + Assists) Goal Contribution / Game Minutes Played / Goal Contribution
Sergio Agüero Manchester City 8 580 8 3 11 1.38 52.7
Papiss Demba Cissé Newcastle United 6 330 4 0 4 0.67 82.5
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 10 899 2 7 9 0.9 99.9
Wilfried Bony Swansea 9 515 3 1 4 0.44 128.8
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 9 755 4 1 5 0.56 151
Diego Costa Chelsea 8 696 4 0 4 0.5 174
Charlie Austin Queens Park Rangers 7 599 3 0 3 0.43 199.7
Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea 8 682 2 1 3 0.38 227.3
Robin van Persie Manchester United 9 714 3 0 3 0.33 238
Wayne Rooney Manchester United 8 720 1 2 3 0.38 240
Eden Hazard Chelsea 10 883 1 2 3 0.3 294.3
Graziano Pellè Southampton 9 792 1 1 2 0.22 396

Home and away effectiveness shall be measured only if both home and away performances are compared together. Home-Away Effectiveness Ratio (Home Goal Contribution / Home Minutes Played divided by Away Goal Contribution / Away Minutes Played) is the best indicator to rank the players from best to worst home performers in relation to their away performance. According to this ratio, Wayne Rooney, Graziano Pellè and Eden Hazard are the top 3 home performers and Sergio Agüero, Cesc Fàbregas and Wilfried Bony are the top 3 away performers.

EPL 2014-15 (after 19 games) – Player Home vs. Away Effectiveness
Player Team Home goals contributed / Minutes Played Away goals contributed / Minutes Played Home-Away Effectiveness Ratio
Wayne Rooney Manchester United 0.0153 0.0042 3.68
Graziano Pellè Southampton 0.009 0.0025 3.56
Eden Hazard Chelsea 0.0102 0.0034 2.99
Diego Costa Chelsea 0.0152 0.0057 2.64
Charlie Austin Queens Park Rangers 0.0127 0.005 2.54
Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea 0.0106 0.0044 2.41
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal 0.0148 0.0066 2.23
Robin van Persie Manchester United 0.0089 0.0042 2.11
Papiss Demba Cissé Newcastle United 0.0197 0.0121 1.62
Wilfried Bony Swansea 0.0078 0.0078 1.01
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 0.0086 0.01 0.86
Sergio Agüero Manchester City 0.0127 0.019 0.67
2014-15 - EPL - Home vs Away Effective Performers
2014-15 – EPL – Home vs Away Effective Performers

Considering the top 3 from each side for a comparative analysis of their shot accuracy and pass success percentage, it is understood that the home effective players have a huge difference between their home and away performance. There is a probability that they might have succumbed to opponent fans’ boos and whistles. When Away Effective players’ statistics are looked at, the difference between their home and away performances are not pretty much high. Hence, they are predominantly not affected by the opponent fans’ intimidation whatsoever.

Home vs Away Effective Players
Home vs Away Effective Players

Looking at shot accuracy of Wayne Rooney and Eden Hazard, Wayne’s home shot accuracy is twice and Eden’s home shot accuracy is thrice that of their respective away shot accuracy. These two players have performed and proved effective extraordinarily in home than away. Eden Hazard and Wayne Rooney hence are more menacing in Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford respectively.

Related: Mid-Season Review: The Title Race (https://liamsworldofsport.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/half-way-stage-review-the-title-race/)

2 thoughts on “EPL 2014-15: Wayne Rooney & Sergio Agüero are top home & away performers respectively

  • January 28, 2015 at 04:56
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    Can anybody please tell me where on the pitch are most goals scored from. I have it my head that the same spot from just inside the box seems to be where a lot of goals are scored from and the good teams always seem to have a man there whereas other teams leave it unmanned which is why they miss many of the goal opportunities. There must a plotter somewhere that shows all the spots like on the cricket.

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    • January 30, 2015 at 08:20
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      Tony, I am working on a similar article. I will share it with you once done.

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