Date: 16th February 2016 at 5:39pm
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Norwich are currently away on a warm weather break in Dubai, so things are a little quiet for your average Canary forum editor.

Having to be a little bit imaginative with my writing, I wrote a piece about Barcelona on Monday and today, I have a few interesting stats for you.

Ever wondered how Norwich measure up in the fitness stakes against other Premier League sides, or where we are in the number of late goals conceded (not great)? Then this is the article for you.

After seeing Tottenham at close hand recently, Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores described Mauricio Pochettino’s team as ‘animals.’ I think he was referring to their ability to run all day and be physical with it. Something that Manchester City discovered when they were beaten 1-2 by Spurs at the weekend.



But are Spurs the fittest team in the Premier League and does that even matter?

Sky Sports, using EA Sports Player Performance data, have taken a look at a number of key running stats – as well as Premier League teams’ goals for and against in the final minutes of matches.

Here’s how they all did and you can see for yourself how fitness impacts on Norwich City.

Distance covered (Kms) – Premier League

1 Bournemouth 3060.6
2 Tottenham 3003.8
3 West Brom 2917.5
4 Liverpool 2910.2
5 Man Utd 2903
6 West Ham 2881.9
7 Leicester City 2874.3
8 Arsenal 2871.5
9 Southampton 2863.6
10 Crystal Palace 2860.6
11 Watford 2859.7
12 Sunderland 2858.8
13 Newcastle 2854.5
14 Everton 2837.9
15 Norwich City 2812.9
16 Swansea City 2812.8
17 Chelsea 2802.7
18 Man City 2795.5
19 Stoke City 2789.2
20 Aston Villa 2750.8

The fact Manchester City have covered less distance as a team than us, surprises me but other than them and Stoke, it’s not too much of a surprise table.



Total sprints – Premier League

1 Tottenham 13,937
2 Bournemouth 13,858
3 Liverpool 13,793
4 Arsenal 13,683
5 Crystal Palace 13,052
6 Everton 12,820
7 Aston Villa 12,816
8 Man City 12,761
9 Leicester City 12,557
10 Sunderland 12,527
11 Man Utd 12,477
12 Newcastle 12,426
13 Chelsea 12,422
14 Swansea City 12,387
15 Southampton 12,372
16 Watford 12,209
17 West Brom 12,158
18 Norwich 12,151
19 Stoke City 12,038
20 West Ham 11,781

A bit more sprinting could be useful eh?!



Goals scored from 80mins – Premier League

1 Man City 12
2 Everton 11
T3 Sunderland 10
T3 Tottenham 10
5 Leicester City 9
6 West Ham 8
T7 Crystal Palace 7
T7 Liverpool 7
T9 Bournemouth 6
T9 Watford 6
T11 Arsenal 5
T11 Chelsea 5
T11 Newcastle 5
T11 Stoke City 5
T15 Man Utd 4
T15 Norwich City 4
T15 Southampton 4
T15 West Brom 4
19 Swansea City 3
20 Aston Villa 1

Right now, here we go, at last Norwich top one of these stupid stat tables. Oh, not so good after all…



Goals conceded from 80mins – Premier League

1 Norwich City 10
T2 Aston Villa 9
T2 Crystal Palace 9
T2 Liverpool 9
T5 Chelsea 8
T5 Everton 8
T5 Newcastle 8
T8 Leicester City 7
T8 Man Utd 7
T8 Stoke City 7
T11 Bournemouth 6
T11 Watford 6
T11 West Brom 6
T14 Arsenal 5
T14 Tottenham 5
16 Man City 4
T17 Southampton 3
T17 Sunderland 3
T17 Swansea City 3
T17 West Ham 3

I know statistics can be used to prove anything but this seems to bear out what I have suspected for some time – Norwich need to run more, run faster and stop conceding goals, especially late ones.

To quote Basil Fawlty, I think Sky Sports’ specialist subject might be ‘stating the bleedin’ obvious.’

OTBC




 
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