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Best XI #3 – Premier League

First of all, we hope everyone is safe while we are trying to get through these tough times together. At ORTEC Sports, we are working to the best of our abilities to make the most of it for everyone involved.

With all major European leagues suspended, we thought it would be a good moment to give an overview of the best performers so far in a series called ‘Best XIs’. We will look at all the big leagues and multiple different stats. Let us know if you have any specific requests you want to see!

This week’s Best XI contains the best chance creators of the Premier League based on our offensive-statistics. We selected the players with the most key actions in every position. A key action is any action which leads to a shot of a teammate. These actions range from passes and set pieces to duels and goal kicks.

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– Only Burnley FC is represented by more than one player.

– Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne is the biggest chance creator; he had 94 key actions in total.

Nick Pope of Burnley (3) is the only keeper together with Aaron Ramsdale of Bournemouth (2) who had more than one key action.

– When we look at key actions per match, De Bruyne still leads the way (3.6). Interestingly, Manchester United’s new kid on the block Bruno Fernandes comes in second (2.6 per 90 minutes).

– In the other traditional Big 4 leagues, the most key actions have been made by Campaña (55) of Levante, Luis Alberto (73) of Lazio, Payet (78) of Marseille, and Bayern München’s Müller & Kimmich (both 56).

Below you will find the top 10’s of Premier League players per position who made the most key actions so far this season:

Tactic Tree:

The ORTEC Sports Best XI is released every Monday and will present the best performing players on a specific aspect of the Tactic Tree. The Tactic Tree is used to categorize statistics into the two main stages of a game: ‘being in possession’ and the counterpart ‘possession opponent’, both divided into 4 subcategories.

Every week we pick one statistic that is used in a subcategory and based on that statistic the best scoring players on each position will be presented in that week’s Best XI.


Best XI #1 – Bundesliga

First of all, we hope everyone is safe while we are trying to get through these tough times together. At ORTEC Sports, we are working to the best of our abilities to make the most of it for everyone involved.

With all major European leagues suspended, we thought it would be a good moment to give an overview of the best performers so far in a series called ‘Best XIs’. We will look at all the big leagues and multiple different stats. Let us know if you have any specific requests you want to see!

This week’s Best XI contains the most goal-oriented players of the Bundesliga based on our scoring-statistics. We selected the players with the most goal attempts on target in every position. If multiple players were tied for a spot in the team, we looked at the best goal attempt conversion rate (%).

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– League leaders Bayern München are best represented with 4 players. They are the only team delivering more than one player.

Rafał Gikiewicz of 1.FC Union Berlin is the only Bundesliga keeper this season with a goal attempt on target.

Robert Lewandowski is the player with by far the most goal attempts on target (52). Second on the list is Leipzig striker Timo Werner (46).

– When we look at goal attempts on target per 90 minutes, the top 2 stays the same: Lewandowski (2.3) is followed by Werner (1.8).

– The third place for goal attempts on target per 90 minutes goes to Dortmund’s teenage sensation Erling Braut Håland: he averages 1.5 per game.

– Of the players who featured in at least half of the matches so far, BMG’s Lars Stindl has the highest goal attempt conversion rate. He scored 6 goals with 12 goal attempts (50%).

– In the traditional Big 5 leagues, the most goal-oriented players are Messi (52 goal attempts on target), Ronaldo (51), Mbappé (50), and Salah (42).

Below you will find the top 10’s of Bundesliga players per position who had the most goal attempts on target so far:

Tactic Tree:

The ORTEC Sports Team of the Week is released every Monday and will present the best performing players on a specific aspect of the Tactic Tree. The Tactic Tree is used to categorize statistics into the two main stages of a game: ‘being in possession’ and the counterpart ‘possession opponent’, both divided into 4 subcategories.

Every week we pick one statistic that is used in a subcategory and based on that statistic the best scoring players on each position will be presented in the team of the week.


Team of the Week #26

This week, the Team of the Week is a little different than usual. We picked a negative statistic, namely possession loss by pass. Based on our turnover/possession lost-statistics, these are the players who gave away possession by bad passing most often in round 26 of the Eredivisie.

There are three possible causes for possession loss: by pass, by duel, and other. If two players shared the biggest number of possession losses by pass, we selected the player with the smallest number of total passes.

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– The only club to have more than one player in the Team of the Week is PEC Zwolle, who drew 1-1 against Fortuna Sittard in a crucial relegation battle.

– Zwolle’s Gustavo Hamer is this week’s player with the most possession losses after a bad pass (13), together with FC Emmen’s Sergio Peña. Peña’s average this season is 6.9 possession losses by pass per 90 minutes, while Hamer’s average is 6.3.

– Four players are from winning teams (Ajax’s Ziyech, Emmen’s Peña, AZ’s Stengs, and Heracles’ Burgzorg).

– This round, the average number of possession losses by pass per player was 3.7 (only taking into account players who played at least 45 minutes).

– The team with the most possession losses by pass this week was FC Twente (57 times).

– Twente’s opponent Vitesse lost possession by pass 48 times, making that match the one with the highest number this week (105 times). The match with the fewest possession losses by passes was AZ – ADO (72 times).

– The highest absolute number of possession losses by pass this season is 166 (Calvin Stengs of AZ).

– Of the players who played at least half of the matches this season, Fortuna Sittard’s Vitalie Damașcan had the fewest possession losses by pass per match (1.1).

– Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech is the player with the highest average possession loss by pass so far this season: 7.0 times per 90 minutes.

Hakim Ziyech also holds the negative record for the most possession losses by pass in one match; 15 times in round 13 (4-0 win vs. FC Utrecht). He shares this record with Xandro Schenk, who had the same amount in round 19 (0-0 vs. FC Groningen).

– FC Twente also happens to be the Eredivisie team with the most average possession losses by pass this season (42.9 times per 90 minutes). Sparta Rotterdam scores the lowest (37.1 times per match).

– In the traditional Big 5 leagues, only 4 teams lose the ball by bad passing more often than FC Twente, Eintracht Frankfurt rank highest with 45.6 times per 90 minutes.

– The European teams with the lowest scores are Real Betis and Olympique Lyon (33.6 times per 90 minutes).

Below you will find the top 10 of players per position who score the highest on possession loss by pass per match:

Tactic Tree:

The ORTEC Sports Team of the Week is released every Monday and will present the best performing players on a specific aspect of the Tactic Tree. The Tactic Tree is used to categorize statistics into the two main stages of a game: ‘being in possession’ and the counterpart ‘possession opponent’, both divided into 4 subcategories.

Every week we pick one statistic that is used in a subcategory and based on that statistic the best scoring players on each position will be presented in the team of the week.


Team of the Week #25

This week’s team contains the most reliable passers based on both build up-statistics in round 25 of the Eredivisie. We selected the players with the highest % completed passes in every position.

We applied a minimum number of passes for players to be included in the Team of the Week. For defenders this is 50 passes, for midfielders 40 passes, and for attackers 20 passes. The goalkeeper minimum is 10 passes. If two players had the same pass percentage, we picked the one with the highest number of passes.

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– Only three players from teams outside the top 5 are featured: RKC’s Paul Quasten, FC Twente’s Julio Pleguezuelo, and FC Emmen’s Miguel Araujo.

– Following their 1-1 draw against PSV, Feyenoord delivers the most players this week (3).

– Feyenoord’s Steven Berghuis is the first player this season to be featured three weeks in a row.

– The best performer this week was FC Emmen’s Araujo, who completed 66 of his 69 passes. While they lost 5-1 to Sparta, Emmen still had 74% possession.

– This round, the team average of % completed passes was 78.6%. The highest scoring team was FC Emmen, who completed 86% of their 614 passes. The team with the worst passing was ADO Den Haag (65% against Heracles).

– AZ’s Stijn Wuytens is the player with the highest average per 90 minutes this season (96%).

– After 25 rounds, multiple players have scored a perfect 100% on their completed passes. The most impressive perfect pass performance was achieved by Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez, who completed all of his 61 passes against Emmen in round 2.

– Runner-up in the league AZ scores the highest across the season as a team. On average, they complete 86% of their passes per match. ADO Den Haag scores the lowest; 74% per 90 minutes.

– In the traditional Big 5 leagues, the highest average completed pass percentage is that of FC Barcelona (89%). The lowest scoring team is also a Spanish side: Getafe CF only complete 65% of their passes.

Below you will find the top 10 of players per position who score the highest on % completed passes per match:

Tactic Tree:

The ORTEC Sports Team of the Week is released every Monday and will present the best performing players on a specific aspect of the Tactic Tree. The Tactic Tree is used to categorize statistics into the two main stages of a game: ‘being in possession’ and the counterpart ‘possession opponent’, both divided into 4 subcategories.

Every week we pick one statistic that is used in a subcategory and based on that statistic the best scoring players on each position will be presented in the team of the week.


Team of the Week #24

This week’s team contains the most influential players based on our scoring-statistics in round 24 of the Eredivisie. We selected the players with the most goal involvements in every position.

Involved in goal = a player had one or more touches in the possession moment in which his team scored. If multiple players were tied for a spot in the team, we looked at goals, assists and key passes (in that order).

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– Number 12 in the league FC Emmen is the biggest supplier this week after their 4-2 win over Willem II. Man of the Match Sergio Pena is accompanied by teammates Glenn Bijl and Luka Adzic.

– Both Adzic and FC Utrecht’s Jonas Arweiler made their first team debuts as substitutes this week, while still being involved in 2 goals.

– Sergio Pena is the best performer this week; with one goal and three assists he was involved in every FC Emmen goal.

– There were multiple goalkeepers with one goal involvement this weekend, but Heracles Almelo’s Janis Blaswich was the only one with an assist (1-0 win over reigning champions Ajax).  

– Surprisingly, this season’s record for most goal involvements in one match is held by a goalkeeper. Xavier Mous was involved in every PEC Zwolle goal in their 6-2 win over ADO Den Haag in round 6.

– The list of total goal involvements this season is dominated by a deadly Ajax trio. Dusan Tadic (41), Hakim Ziyech (35), and Quincy Promes (33) lead the way. Feyenoord’s Steven Berghuis (32) is following closely.

– In the traditional Big 5 leagues, only 4 players surpass Tadic in total goal involvement: Jadon Sancho (46), Robert Lewandowski (44), Kevin de Bruyne (43), and Angel di Maria (42).

– Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is also Europe’s best performer when it comes to goal involvements per 90 minutes played (2.19). The only other player who averages more than 2 goal involvements per match is PSG’s Neymar (2.07).

Below you will find the top 10 of Eredivisie players per position who have the most goal involvements:

Tactic Tree:

The ORTEC Sports Team of the Week is released every Monday and will present the best performing players on a specific aspect of the Tactic Tree. The Tactic Tree is used to categorize statistics into the two main stages of a game: ‘being in possession’ and the counterpart ‘possession opponent’, both divided into 4 subcategories.

Every week we pick one statistic that is used in a subcategory and based on that statistic the best scoring players on each position will be presented in the team of the week.


Team of the Week #23

This week’s team contains the most aggressive passers based on our build up-statistics in round 23 of the Eredivisie. We selected the players with the highest number of passes to the penalty area in every position.

Pass to box = any pass which ends in the penalty box. The starting location can be anywhere on the pitch. If two players were tied for a place in the team, we first looked at the number of completed passes in the final third. If that was a draw as well, percentage completed passes was decisive.

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– The only two teams to supply more than one player were the numbers 3 and 8 of the league, Feyenoord and FC Groningen.

– Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech returned to the starting line-up after his injury and leads the team of the week with 12 passes to the box.

– Feyenoord’s Steven Berghuis kept out two other high scoring right wingers with his performance: PSV’s Mohamed Ihattaren (11), and SC Heerenveen’s Mitchell van Bergen (10).

– PEC Zwolle’s Michael Zetterer was the only goalkeeper with a pass to the box this round. The record for a goalkeeper this season is held by Vitesse’s Remko Pasveer. He had 5 passes to the box in gameweek 8 (vs. RKC), and gameweek 11 (vs. ADO Den Haag).

– The record for an outfield player is held by Ziyech (18 passes), in Ajax’s 6-1 win over ADO Den Haag on gameday 18.

– Ziyech also leads the total tally of passes to the box: 182 so far this season. His teammate Dusan Tadic comes in second with 150 passes, only slightly ahead of AZ’s Calvin Stengs (141).

– The defender with the most passes to the box this season is Vitesse’s Max Clark (116), staying ahead of Emmen’s Glenn Bijl (105) and FC Utrecht’s Sean Klaiber (103).

– Looking at team statistics, Ajax is far ahead of the rest with an average of 39.9 passes to the box per match this season. Number 15 of the league VVV Venlo scores the lowest: only 18.5 passes to the box per 90 minutes. 

– In the traditional Big 5 leagues, reigning German champions Bayern Munchen are the team closest to Ajax, with 39 passes to the box per game. The lowest scoring team is French side Bordeaux (16.4).

Below you will find the top 10 of players per position who have the most passes to the box per match:

Tactic Tree:

The ORTEC Sports Team of the Week is released every Monday and will present the best performing players on a specific aspect of the Tactic Tree. The Tactic Tree is used to categorize statistics into the two main stages of a game: ‘being in possession’ and the counterpart ‘possession opponent’, both divided into 4 subcategories.

Every week we pick one statistic that is used in a subcategory and based on that statistic the best scoring players on each position will be presented in the team of the week.


Team of the Week – Serie A

This week’s Team of the Week is based on the Serie A because four Eredivisie matches were postponed. The squad includes the most goal-oriented players. Based on our scoring-statistics in round 23 of the Serie A, we selected the players with the most goal attempts per position.

Goal Attempt = any action with the intention to score a goal. If multiple players had the same number of attempts, the statistic Goals was decisive, and after that Attempts on Target. For the goalkeeper, we chose the one with the most Saves on Goal Attempts.

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– Three mid-table clubs supply two of their players: Hellas Verona, Parma, and Napoli. The only representations of top 5 teams are Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and AS Roma’s Edin Dzeko.

– While they lost 2-3 against the number 17 of the league (Lecce), Napoli was the team with the most goal attempts this week: 25 in total. Torino scored the lowest, with 5 attempts against Sampdoria.

– Over the whole season, Cristiano Ronaldo is by far the player with the most attempts per match: 5.5 on average. He is followed by three players with 3.9 attempts per match: Lazio’s Immobile, Sassuolo’s Berardi, and Inter Milan’s Martinez.

– Genoa’s Goran Pandev is the player with the best goal attempt conversion rate. The Serie A veteran scored 6 out of his 17 goal attempts (35%).

– Over the current season, Atalanta Bergamo is the most dangerous team: they have 19 goal attempts per match on average. Brescia have the fewest attempts per match: 9.4.

– As far as the other four of the Big 5 leagues go, Manchester City is the team with the most goal attempts on average per match (19.1). La Liga’s Deportivo Alaves score the lowest in the big leagues: 7.7 attempts per match.

– When we include the Eredivisie, Ajax outperforms all the other teams: they average 23.3 goal attempts per match. VVV Venlo and newly promoted FC Twente have the fewest attempts: 9.9 per match.

Below you will find the top 10 of Serie A players per position who have the most goal attempts per match.

Tactic Tree:

The ORTEC Sports Team of the Week is released every Monday and will present the best performing players on a specific aspect of the Tactic Tree. The Tactic Tree is used to categorize statistics into the two main stages of a game: ‘being in possession’ and the counterpart ‘possession opponent’, both divided into 4 subcategories.

Every week we pick one statistic that is used in a subcategory and based on that statistic the best scoring players on each position will be presented in the team of the week.


Team of the Week #21

This week’s team contains the strongest players in the air based on both offensive and defensive-statistics in round 21 of the Eredivisie. We selected the players with the highest % air duels won in every position.

Air duel = A duel where at least one player tries to play the ball with his head. Air duels can be divided into defensive duels (where the player’s team is already in possession) and offensive duels (where the opposing team is in possession).

We applied a minimum of air duels for players to be included in the Team of the Week. For defenders this was 4 duels, for midfielders 5 duels, and for attackers 3 duels. To complete the team, the goalkeeper with the best catch percentage was chosen. Vitesse’s Pasveer managed to catch all of his 11 interceptions.

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– Vitesse and VVV Venlo are the only clubs to have multiple players in the team, even though neither of them secured 3 points.

– The best performer this week was Heracles Almelo’s Kiomourtzoglou. He won 100% of his 7 air duels against Willem II, 6 of which were defensive. The other 100% scorers were Botman (5/5), Botteghin (4/4) and Zeefuik (4/4).

– PSV’s Lars Unnerstall was the only keeper this round with an outfield air duel (a last-minute corner against Ajax), which he won.

– The average number of air duels per game this round was 23. AZ – RKC Waalwijk was the match with the fewest air duels: only 8. Willem II – Heracles had the most (40 air duels).

– The record for the most air duels won in one match is held by Vangelis Pavlidis. He won 13 out of his 21 air duels in round 13, in Willem II’s 2-1 win over PSV.

– The defender with the most defensive air duels won per match is Sven Botman of SC Heerenveen (3.4 on average).

– The attacker with the most offensive air duels won per match is Vangelis Pavlidis of Willem II (3.8 on average), closely followed by Sparta’s Ragnar Ache (3.7 on average).

– Number 4 of the league Willem II engages in the most air duels per match (37.6), while runner-up AZ has the lowest number of air duels per match (20).

– In the traditional Big 5 leagues, Spanish side SD Eibar has the most air duels per match (38.5), while French giants PSG have the fewest (12.2).

Below you will find the top 10 of players per position who score the highest on % air duels won:

Tactic Tree:

The ORTEC Sports Team of the Week is released every Monday and will present the best performing players on a specific aspect of the Tactic Tree. The Tactic Tree is used to categorize statistics into the two main stages of a game: ‘being in possession’ and the counterpart ‘possession opponent’, both divided into 4 subcategories.

Every week we pick one statistic that is used in a subcategory and based on that statistic the best scoring players on each position will be presented in the team of the week.


Team of the Week #20

This weeks’ team is composed out of players who focus on playing forward. Based on our build up-statistics in round 20 of the Eredivisie, we selected the players with the highest % of forward passes completed per position.

Forward Pass Completed = A successful pass in forward direction. To avoid last-minute substitutes from entering the TOTW based on a small number of passes, a minimum play time of 30 minutes was used.

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– Vitesse came out on top as they are represented by 3 players this week. Remarkably, the lowest ranked team (RKC Waalwijk) provides 2 players, whereas league leaders Ajax are not represented at all.

– Surprisingly, FC Groningen had the fewest number of completed forward passes this week (79), and they still beat Ajax who were ranked second this week with 229 forward passes completed.

– Stijn Wuytens of AZ scores the highest on average this season (94.24%).

– The player with the most forward passes per 90 minutes is Daley Blind (Ajax), who averages 62.45 forward passes per match.

– Daley Blind is also the player who plays most of his passes forward (74%), and he is closely followed by FC Emmen’s Michaël Heylen (73%).

– Ajax averages the most successful forward passes per 90 minutes (268.4). The lowest ranked team is ADO Den Haag, who only complete 124.8 forward passes per match.

– In the Big 5 leagues, FC Bayern München score the highest, with 282.6 completed forward passes per match. The worst performers are Ajax’ Europa League opponents Getafe CF (83.3).

Below you will find the top 10 of players per position who score the highest on % forward passes completed per match.

Tactic Tree:

The ORTEC Sports Team of the Week is released every Monday and will present the best performing players on a specific aspect of the Tactic Tree. The Tactic Tree is used to categorize statistics into the two main stages of a game: ‘being in possession’ and the counterpart ‘possession opponent’, both divided into 4 subcategories.

Every week we pick one statistic that is used in a subcategory and based on that statistic the best scoring players on each position will be presented in the team of the week.


Team of the Week #19

This weeks’ team is composed out of the best defending players. Based on our defensive-statistics in round 19 of the Eredivisie, we selected the players with the most defensive duels won. From the players who were tied for a spot in the team, we picked the one with the highest percentage (%) defensive duels won. If this was also the same, possession regain in play by duel was the decisive statistic.

Defensive duel = A duel engaged by a player of a team that is not in ball possession. Duels can be divided into air, standing, sliding, and ground duels.

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– On average Danny Post (VVV Venlo) has the most defensive duels won with 7,48 per match. Post is also the player with the record for the most defensive duels won in one match this season (20), in game week 7 (Willem II – VVV Venlo).
– The player with the highest average percentage of defensive duels won is Leon Guwara of FC Utrecht. He wins on average 82% of his defensive duels per 90 minutes (45 out of 55 duels).
– Edson Alverez (Ajax) has the most possession regains by duel, with on average 3,44 per match.
– Heracles Almelo has the most defensive duels won (799). FC Groningen is the current number two with 777 defensive duels won. AZ (590) had the smallest number of defensive duels won.
– On average there are 74 defensive duels won per match, divided over both teams. With on average 42 defensive duels won per match, Heracles is on top of the Eredivisie. For reference: In the Big 5 leagues of Europe, only Southampton (Premier League) scores higher with 41.7 defensive duels won per match. Valencia (Primera Division) had the smallest number of defensive duels won, with on average 25 per match.


Below you will find the Top 10 players with the most defensive duels won in the 2019-2020 Eredivisie season.

Tactic Tree:

The ORTEC Sports Team of the Week is released every Monday and will present the best performing players on a specific aspect of the Tactic Tree. The Tactic Tree is used to categorize statistics into the two main stages of a game: ‘being in possession’ and the counterpart ‘possession opponent’, both divided into 4 subcategories.

Every week we pick one statistic that is used in a subcategory and based on that statistic the best scoring players on each position will be presented in the team of the week.


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