EPL 2017/18

With the new Premier League season kicking off, I plan to produce plenty of posts over the coming months

I have yet to organize it all but the idea is to present tables and charts without embedded code. Hopefully, I will get around to publishing it on Github

So let’s start of with a couple of different areas of interest

Starting survivors

220 keen players will start the season - but how often does the Game one starting lineup reflect who plays most for the team throughout the season? Injuries, late-transfers and a change of manager can all have major impact on the season

I ran this poll for people to have a guess

Turns out the answer was five, less than 1%. I would certainly have pegged it higher

Let’s plot the results. This will take about 30 seconds to run

Here are the ‘Start as you mean to go on’ examples

Note that Arsenal feature twice and that none of the occurrences happened in this century

At the other end of the scale…

Manchester City 2008/9

Amazingly, six of the team only managed another 12 starts between them after the opening day 4-2 defeat to Aston Villa. Mark Hughes was the new manager that season and ended up spending more than 70 milllion (a large sum in those days) in the summer transfer window

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