Yesterday, we looked at where the clubs were taking their shots from. Today, we have the same numbers from a defensive point of view. Specifically, this tells us how good a job defences are doing at preventing quality scoring chances. My favorite part about all of this is that it shows us who is making life easy (and difficult) for their goalkeeper.
|Club||Shot Quality Against||Goals Against||MGP by GK||MGP by OF|
Once again, we're not counting own goals here. I've included the adjusted Marginal Goals Prevented totals for goalkeepers and outfield players. This was done by neutralising each team's save percentage, which is used to calculate MGP. Fulham are toward the top here, as we would have expected. Our defence takes some of the credit from Mark Schwarzer, but he is still the best keeper in the league. Blackburn makes Paul Robinson look considerably less horrible, but he's still near the bottom. Side note: I have some tentative plans to re-work the goalkeeper-outfield distribution for MGP, as the goalkeeper influence "feels" high. But the best-to-worst order should remain the same. Newcastle's keepers, Chris Kirkland, and Heurelho Gomes were the other big beneficiaries of this adjustment. Petr Čech, Thomas Sørensen, Edwin van der Sar, and Manuel Almunia weren't so lucky, with their contributions dropping by 3 or more goals each.