English Premier League Home/Road Territory Stats 2009-10

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal celebrates scoring a late winner during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium on April 3, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

You'll have to take my word for it for the moment, but one of the best indicators of a team's ability is the percentage of territory that it owned on the road with the score tied. What do I mean by 'percentage of territory'? Essentially, this is a measure of both ball possession and location during a game. The more passes you complete into dangerous areas when the game is tied, the better your team is.

Here's the 2009-10 table for the EPL, ranked by road territory%:

W L D Road% Home% Road Mins/G Tied Home Mins/G Tied
Chelsea 27 6 5 65.4 68.6 46.5 35.5
Arsenal 23 9 6 63.5 65.2 47.3 42.0
Man United 27 7 4 60.6 65.2 56.8 38.3
Liverpool 18 11 9 58.0 65.6 63.1 37.9
Spurs 21 10 7 51.3 60.2 45.4 37.6
Everton 16 9 13 47.5 59.5 47.8 61.1
Man City 18 7 13 46.7 55.3 50.8 44.1
Wigan 9 20 9 46.5 55.5 42.3 59.6
West Ham 8 19 11 46.0 46.4 44.7 49.1
Aston Villa 17 8 13 45.8 50.8 54.8 53.0
Sunderland 11 16 11 44.6 47.7 33.2 33.5
Blackburn 13 14 11 42.6 43.8 44.4 46.6
Birmingham 13 14 11 41.2 44.7 41.4 63.3
Wolverhampton 9 18 11 41.1 49.2 39.6 47.2
Fulham 12 16 10 40.5 51.2 44.5 48.7
Burnley 8 24 6 40.3 49.4 38.7 41.9
Portsmouth 7 24 7 40.1 47.7 52.5 44.7
Bolton 10 19 9 39.9 43.7 35.3 44.3
Stoke 11 13 14 38.0 37.1 62.9 54.3
Hull 6 20 12 36.8 40.5 41.2 50.8
Totals 47.7 52.3 46.7 46.7

I'll delve more into the details of these advanced metrics in the coming days...

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