Man Utd top Euro table of shots on target, but Man City dwarf all with total number of shots

March 13 – Data looking at the highest and lowest percentages of shots on target across 30 European leagues sees Manchester United leading teams in the Big 5 leagues, ahead of Barcelona.

Manchester United top the Big 5 table at 48.6% with Barcelona, who have had 10 more shots over the season (4 more on target), second on 48.3%. Borussia Dortmund are third with 46.3%.

Outside the Big 5 leagues Ajax lead the way with 50.4% of their shots on target, according to data from the CIES Football Observatory.

In terms of the most shots taken, Man City lead Europe with a massive 483 shots, exactly 100 more than Man Utd and more than 80 ahead of second-place PSG on 411. Liverpool would rank third on this measure with 406.

At the bottom of the shots on target table is Huddersfield with 34.6% and just 96 shots on target.

The CIES stats also look at the average distance of all shots attempted with the authors reporting that “the lowest values for clubs ranked in the top 20 tables were recorded for Bayern Munich (15.8 meters) in the five major European leagues and for the Dutch side PSV Eindhoven (also 15.8 meters) at the level of the remaining 25 leagues surveyed.

“Generally speaking, the higher the percentage of shots on target, the lower the distance from which they are taken.”

The report also find that: “The average percentage of shots on target for all clubs in the leagues studied is 37.6% (from 41.2% in the Dutch Eredivisie to 35.0% in the Russian Premier League), while the general shot distance is 18.5 meters (from 17.4 meters in the English Premier League to 19.5 meters in the Serbian Super Liga).”

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