Entries to ”Danger zone” Premier League 2014/15 and PREVIEW Liverpool vs Manchester United!
In the following piece we will dive into Danger zone data and put it in a Style of Play context.
Which entries to Danger zone are the most applied and effective, to set up shots and goals?

Almost 80 percent of all goals are converted from Danger zone (DZ). The conversion rate from DZ is around 20 percent compared to the conversion rate from Wide penalty area which is around 5 percent. The conversion rate from Outside of the Box is 3 percent.

When so many goals converted from DZ, it is highly relevant and about time to focus on entries to the most match decisive area of the pitch:
  • Which entries to DZ are the most applied and effective?
  • Is there a pattern or is it just accidental?
  • Does it make sense with that many shots from Outside Box, relative to 20 percent conversion rate from DZ!


Example of two polar opposite teams in distribution of shots and goals – Southampton and Tottenham:

Southampton with nearly 50 percent of all shots from DZ and Tottenham with only 31 percent from DZ. Recently against Manchester United, Tottenham only managed to produce 1 shot from DZ!

See examples below of their Style of Play and the differences, which is very evident!




Most applied and effective entries to DZ, based on 734 goals and 289 Premier League matches. Season 14/15.

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Cutbacks, Low crosses, Through balls and Solo actions, are the most applied and effective entries to Danger zone

Above data visualization shows that it most certainly matters what entries are applied to shots from DZ. Depending on whether it is a Build up Play or a Transition, there are significant patterns!

  • The most applied entries to DZ after Build up Play are; Cutback & low crosses, High crosses as well as Through ball.
  • The most applied entries to DZ after Transitions are; Through ball, Cutback & low crosses as well as Solo actions.

Of course there is a big difference in how each team Style of Play are expressed and their entries to DZ. And by an analytical approach it is possible to identify strengths and weaknesses in relation to DZ entries e.g.

You could argue that these kind of data set in an proper Style of Play context, would raise the probability to set up shots in DZ after Build up Play and Transitions.

”Game of Danger zone”


PREVIEW Liverpool vs Manchester United – Style of Play and Goal Tendencies

Mouthwatering Super Sunday clash and Top four battle – Liverpool vs Manchester United!
Check out their Style of Play and Goal tendencies – strengths and weaknesses.