Home Offensive SRS
|West Bromwich Albion||1.579||1.596||-0.018|
|West Ham United||1.263||1.620||-0.357|
Note: HGF = home goals for, SOS = strength of schedule, SRS = Simple Ranking System
Manchester United led the league in goals scored at home with 49 or 2.579/match. Newcastle United, with 41 goals, was the only other team to exceed 40 goals. Man United's opponents only allowed an average of 1.588 goals/match in road games which was the lowest opponents average in the league. In other words, at home the Red Devils faced the toughest schedule of defenses in the league. Yet they still outscored their opponents by 0.991 goals/match which is a tremendous achievement.
Bottom of the list is Birmingham who scored only 19 home goals, exactly 1 per match. Their opponents allowed an average of 1.643 away goals so the Blues underperformed against their competition. An additional 0.643 goals/match would have given them 12 more goals over the course of the season which would surely have allowed them to earn enough points to avoid relegation.
Away Offensive SRS
|West Bromwich Albion||1.368||1.140||0.228|
|West Ham United||1.000||1.158||-0.158|
Note: AGF = Away Goals For
Arsenal led the league in away goals with 39 or 2.053/match. In fact they are one of only two teams (Blackburn the other) to score more goals away than at home. They also led the league in away points earned with 31. Normally that's a sign of a champion, but their home performance wasn't good enough. The Gunners were the only team with as many home losses (4) as road losses.
At the bottom, Newcastle and Stoke tied for fewest goals scored away, each with 15. Newcastle had the biggest differential between home and away goals scored with 26 or 1.368/match. That's a huge drop off. It makes one wonder if there is something about St James' Park that encourages scoring. This stadium saw the highest goals/match with 3.58 versus a league average of 2.80. Getting back to away performance Newcastle and Stoke both underperformed their opponents by about 0.4 goals/match which would be worth about 8 goals over the season. Not enough to send them to Europe but certainly would have moved either team up a spot or two in the tightly packed mid-table.
Total Offensive SRS
|West Bromwich Albion||1.474||1.368||0.105|
|West Ham United||1.132||1.389||-0.257|
No surprise that Manchester United had the best overall offense nor that Birmingham had the worst overall. Their performance reflected their final placement in the league. Blackpool played the toughest defenses which was a contributing factor to their relegation. Fulham had the easiest overall schedule but still underperformed their competition.