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Just been reading the Opta stats on Sky Sports (yep i'm that bored at work) and came across an interesting stat...

Everton currently have the highest shots on target percentage out of everyone in the Premier League with 52%. The 4th highest overall shots on target (which is no mean feat when we have taken far less shots overall then other teams). The Yak also has the best shots to goals ratio of any of the top scorers with 33%.

Unfortunatly despite our imitation of Arsenal over the last few weeks we have made only the 16th most passes in the Premier League. I have to say though I'm quite impressed by some of our stats there and suprised too.
Andy Hudson, Newcastle     Posted 13/12/2007 at 14:27:53

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Dave Turner
1   Posted 13/12/2007 at 15:07:50

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We been having an impressive season, though the stat I heard that I like the most is the fact we have the longest list of goalscorers in the league, think it stands at 12 players having scored at least one.

Which just shows we can score from anywhere.

Hopefully see more through the Christmas period.
Patty Beesely
2   Posted 13/12/2007 at 15:10:24

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Here?s another one for you.... it was stated on Sky Sports last night that at the present time this season Arsenal had scored more goals than anyone else in the Premiership AND EVERTON WERE SECOND!! Not bad eh?
Dave Lynch
3   Posted 13/12/2007 at 15:18:19

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Just think.
How good will we be if we get our passing sorted ?
Stefan Tosev
4   Posted 13/12/2007 at 15:47:37

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or maybe our defence, which was leaking silly goals at the beginning of the season
Richard Porter
5   Posted 13/12/2007 at 16:47:31

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I’d read the stat about 12 different league goalscorers as well- level with Spurs for the most.

League goals:

Yakubu 8 (10 in all comps)
Lescott 3 (5)
Osman 3 (5)
Cahill 3 (6)
Pienaar 2 (2)
Johnson 2 (2)
McFadden 1 (4)
Anichebe 1 (4)
Vaughan 1 (1)
Carsley 1 (1)
Arteta 1 (2)
Stubbs 1 (1)

Our only players not to have scored this saeson having played for the first team are:
Allan Hobbs
6   Posted 13/12/2007 at 17:04:23

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7-1 against Sunderland has clearly done us the world of good in the stats department.
Phil Bellis
7   Posted 13/12/2007 at 17:28:49

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What about that Hip Hoop er lfc player...he scored a cracker
Stan Sheppard
8   Posted 13/12/2007 at 18:48:43

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Tommy Grav hasnt scored yet either, but he did get a nice assist v Bolton :D
Scott McKinney
9   Posted 13/12/2007 at 21:08:04

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I have seen elsewhere on the board speculation on our biggest need. Some say we need another attacking midfielder. To me, what we need most is one incredible distributor in the middle. One who can play keep away from a couple of defenders in a phone booth and not lose his composure. One with an exceptional eye for the through ball. I think that the attackers that we have in place would become even better with a superior distributor in the middle. In particular, I speculate that Johnson would come to life.

That being said, I realize such distributors don’t grow on trees either. But if there is any investment of major cash, that would be my ideal acquisition.
Dan Parker
10   Posted 13/12/2007 at 22:34:29

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Why pass when you can dance around players with ease!

(e.g. Ossie against Sunderland)
Chris McGlynn
11   Posted 14/12/2007 at 10:51:12

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Some other good stats on this link

We are second in the premiership on recent form (over the last 6 matches).

And, we are the most lethal team in injury time in the premiership. Shows a belief that we can win right down to the final whistle (as WHU can attest!)

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