Date: 12th February 2017 at 10:58pm
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Control of the ball or simply hit on the counter attack having soaked up pressure – it’s an age old debate in football and a club’s style for many is sacrosanct.

Sam Allardyce ran into issues with his style of football when moving to West Ham, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal certainly felt the sharp end of Manchester United fans’ thoughts when moving away from Sir Alex Ferguson’s philosophy and most recently we had Leicester City run away with last year’s Premier League title whilst seeming to only be in possession of the ball for about 5 of every 90 minutes played.

With credit to the Express for the putting the legwork in on this one – statistics crunched prior to last weekend’s rounds of fixtures.

As ever, controlling the ball doesn’t guarantee success if you don’t do anything whilst you have it.

Pos
Club
Possession %
Real Pos
1
Manchester City
60.7%
5
2
Liverpool
58.8%
4
3
Tottenham Hotspur
57.1%
2
4
Arsenal
56.6%
3
5
Manchester United
56.3%
6
6
Southampton
53.6%
11
7
Chelsea
53.2%
1
8
Bournemouth
52.4%
14
9
Everton
49.9%
7
10
Middlesbrough
49.1%
15
11
Crystal Palace
48.9%
19
12
Swansea City
47.9%
17
13
West Ham United
47.6%
10
14
Stoke City
47.6%
9
15
Watford
46.3%
12
16
Hull City
45.4%
18
17
Leicester City
43.4%
16
18
Sunderland
42.4%
20
19
Burnley
42.2%
13
20
West Bromwich Albion
40/8%
8