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Injuries and league position is there a link? – Part 1

By Walter Broeckx

Funny how things sometimes go. You start with one article about the injury record we have this season and then you see the link with the ref reviews and then you can show that being kicked unpunished a lot results in more injuries. This is what I have shown in those articles.

In this article the topic is still injuries and I want to try to see how having more injuries is affecting the final league table. Now I know it cannot really be taken at face value. Because having 5 regular starters out is worse than having 5 players out who would sit on the bench if they were fit. But going that far would take us too far. We will just assume that an injury is an injury no matter who the player is. And after all we could say that any player in the PL should be a rather good player. After all this is the best league so should have the best players in it.

Now let us start with the season 2010-2011 and then we get this table. It is ordered in the injury league position. We then have the number on injured weeks lost and then the average number of players out each week. And finally in the last column you see the final position in the league table.

 

2010/11

Injury total

Average/week PL table

1

Tottenham

234

6

5

2

Arsenal

230

6

4

3

Sunderland

210

6

10

4

West Ham

203

5

20

5

Newcastle

198

5

12

6

Fulham

172

5

8

7

Man United

171

5

1

8

Blackpool

149

4

19

9

Wolves

149

4

17

10

Bolton

143

4

14

11

Aston Villa

141

4

9

12

Everton

128

3

7

13

Birmingham

126

3

18

14

Liverpool

126

3

6

15

Blackburn

125

3

15

16

Man City

120

3

3

17

Chelsea

108

3

2

18

Stoke

94

2

13

19

West Brom

75

2

11

20

Wigan

58

2

16

Average 148

4

 

If we look at the top we see that both North London teams had most of the injuries in that season. Arsenal finishing 3 points behind Manchester City and Chelsea who had only half the injuries that Arsenal suffered. Would having the same low injury numbers as those two teams have resulted in Arsenal getting more points?

It sure wouldn’t have helped Arsenal having the double of injuries compared to those two teams.

When we look at the league winner that was Manchester United we see that they had a slightly higher number of injuries than the teams in 2nd and 3rd.

When we look at the teams going down we see that West Ham who finished last that season also had a terrible injury record. That might have contributed a lot to them going down. If my memory serves me right it was the days before Sam Allardyce and maybe still a time when they tried to play football in style with what they call their tradition.

Blackpool also went down but was right in the normal zone of injuries. Birmingham was on the low side of the injury league but still went down. I think it was the curse of winning the League cup (and the investigations into their finances) that got them that season. But if you look back at the earlier article about does a  kicking team gets less injuries than a team that plays the ball this is further evidence to that.

Blackpool were in a bit of a different situation as they were new to the PL and went down again after one season.

If we look at the numbers of Wigan we see that they managed to save themselves, and if we look at their very low injury record it might have got them over the line by the end of the season.

Based on that season we could conclude that it isn’t helpful when you have lots of injuries for your league position. Or maybe we could say that having a low number of injuries does help you to get higher in the league table or to avoid relegation.

But we will try to have a closer look at the next seasons and see if we can find the same pattern again.

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4 comments to Injuries and league position is there a link? – Part 1

  • James

    This is completely meaningless. It’s far more important WHO is injured than the amount of injuries, especially when there is little to choose between the majority of clubs.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Am just glad that none of our players were carried out in the Stoke games. And how great it would have been if we had Ramsey and Walcott in the team of at least on the bench.
    Anyway with Man Shitty winning the League Cup ,maybe they will follow the same patten as previous winners and
    finish the League in dire straits !

  • Gord

    It’s possible Brickyards, but some how I don’t think so.

  • Pete

    James – it is definitely NOT completely meaningless. I acknowledge that it is only one of many factors, and the WHO is also a factor, but definitely meaningful.