Creating chances is a vital component of any side’s attacking play and the Premier League is home to some of the game’s very best providers, players capable of carving open opposition defences with pinpoint passes or dangerous deliveries from wide.
In a free-scoring start to the campaign we’ve seen several sides thrive when it comes to creating goalscoring opportunities and we’ve decided to look at the most creative sides in the Premier League so far this season.
Here are the five Premier League sides to create the most chances per game this season:
Manchester United – 10.4 chances
Avid watchers of Manchester United must surely be questioning how their side ranks so highly, given the underwhelming performances of the Red Devils over the opening weeks of the campaign.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side currently sit in the bottom half having won just three of their opening seven league fixtures, though their 10.4 chances created per game is the fifth-highest figure amongst all Premier League sides.
Bruno Fernandes has been the club’s lead creator and has averaged 3.2 chances created per game played, though a look at United’s xG (Expected goals) statistics perhaps demonstrates the underlying issues of their season so far.
Despite their abundance of chances created only four teams have a lower xG than United’s 8.4, an indication that quality is perhaps more important than quantity when it comes to creating goalscoring opportunities.
Manchester City – 10.6 chances
Manchester City’s attacking contingent have perhaps not quite clicked so far this season, though Pep Guardiola’s side are amongst the most creative sides in the division.
Man City racked up over a century of goals last season and have finished as the Premier League’s leading scorers in each of the past three campaigns, their ability to fashion chances a key factor in their goalscoring exploits.
Kevin De Bruyne – who registered a joint-Premier League record of 20 assists last season – leads the way for City again this term with three for the campaign already, the Belgium international averaging 3.8 chances created per game.
Perhaps surprisingly, City’s next best creative threat is full-back Joao Cancelo, who is averaging 2.8 chances created per game and has enjoyed a strong start to the season after being switched to left-back.
Tottenham – 10.8 chances
Jose Mourinho has made a mockery of suggestions he favours a pragmatic approach this season after guiding Tottenham to a free-scoring start to the campaign, with only Chelsea having outscored the north London side after eight fixtures.
Spurs have averaged 10.8 chances created per game and possess the Premier League’s leading assist provider amongst their ranks, Harry Kane having showcased there is much more to his game than just goals during a brilliant run of form.
Son Heung-Min has been the made beneficiary of Spurs’ style and is the joint-leading scorer in the division with eight goals, with Kane a further goal back having registered 15 goal involvements in just eight fixtures this season, the most productive start to a campaign in Premier League history.
Liverpool – 11.1 chances
The Premier League champions are predictably amongst the most creative sides in the division, averaging 11.1 chances created per game over the opening eight fixtures of their title defence.
Liverpool have created opportunities in both quantity and quality with their xG of 17.45 the highest of any side in the Premier League, their expected goals figure higher than the likes of high-flying Tottenham and Leicester.
Mohamed Salah – so often described as selfish given his desire to score goals – has rubbished those suggestions to emerge as the Reds’ most creative force, averaging a club-high 2.6 chances per-game played so far this season.
Summer signing Thiago Alcantara ranks second with an average of 2 chances created per game despite playing just 135 minutes since arriving from Bayern Munich, and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping the midfielder can make a huge impact upon returning from injury after the international break.
Aston Villa – 12.6 chances
Aston Villa rank as the most creative side in the Premier League so far this season, Dean Smith’s side having responded to narrowly avoiding relegation last season with a hugely impressive opening to the campaign.
Summer signings in Ross Barkley and Ollie Watkins have helped transform Villa into one of the division’s most entertaining sides, their headline results including that 7-2 thrashing of champions Liverpool and a 3-0 win at Arsenal before the international break.
Only Tottenham’s Harry Kane has created more big chances this season than Jack Grealish’s six, with the England international ably supported by the likes of Trezeguet (4) and John McGinn (3).
Barkley’s influence has also been evident with the midfielder’s impressive average of three key passes per game, a figure bettered by only Kevin De Bruyne amongst all Premier League players.