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View Poll Results: Has the English Premier League's quality dropped since returning to action?

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  • No, its the same quality as before

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    Has the English Premier League's quality dropped since returning to action?

    Less intense, fewer chances and a lack of goals.

    The Premier League returned to action this month and while Liverpool picked up where they left off to clinch their first title in 30 years, how has the rest of the top flight fared?

    Has there been a drop in quality post-lockdown? BBC Sport takes a look at the numbers from the games before and after the season's suspension.

    All statistics correct before Monday's game between Crystal Palace and Burnley.

    Where have all the goals gone?

    Manchester City's 5-0 thrashing of Burnley and Liverpool's 4-0 hammering of Crystal Palace have been the two standout games since the resumption but apart from those there has been little to get excited about.

    In the 288 games between the start of the season in August and the final pre-lockdown fixture on 9 March, an average of 2.7 goals per game had been scored but this has dropped to 2.2 in the 24 matches since.

    Other goalscoring factors have dropped too, including shots per game - down from 25.2 to 21.5 - as well as a decrease in the conversion rate from 10.8% to 10.1%.

    So are there signs that some teams have found it difficult to get going again?

    The struggling sides who occupy the bottom five places in the table have failed to win any of their games since the restart, while third-placed Leicester have not picked up a victory either.

    Sheffield United have suffered particularly badly, with their form pre-lockdown putting them in European contention but a draw and two losses since - without scoring - dropping them down to ninth.

    "If I was a player I would not want to see the season fizzle out," Blades boss Chris Wilder said after his side's 3-0 defeat at Manchester United. "[But] it looks as though it is going to happen at the moment."

    "We started slowly but grew into the game and the second half was a lot better."

    Tottenham's Eric Dier pretty much summed up the league as a whole after his side's 2-0 win over West Ham.

    Of the 24 games that have been played since the resumption, 14 of those have been goalless at half time, but only three have finished 0-0.

    In fact, a hefty 71% of the 52 goals scored have been netted in the second half of matches.

    The biggest factor that has dropped since the resumption has been the number of big chances created from 4.1 per game to 2.7, which has seen the average expected goals per match tally fall from 2.8 to 2.2.

    Former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas said: "The first half of most games have been pretty poor and that has been a running theme post lockdown.

    "You know when you get to 80 or so minutes in games after not having a full "pre-season", you are hanging on. That is why we are seeing a lot of late goals and maybe injuries in that time too."

    Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said after his team edged a 1-0 win over Bournemouth: "The first half, for both teams, was tough and both teams were not able to play."

    The old adage is that football is a game of two halves but with the addition of a drinks break in each half, it can be seen as a game of four quarters.

    As the clock ticks on while the players replenish themselves, over a minute's worth of action has been lost compared to the period before March, with the ball in play on average for 54 minutes and 42 seconds.

    The stop-start effect may point to why there is a slight decrease in distance covered by teams, from an average of 108.5km per game to 107.8km, while the number of sprints has also fallen from 88 to 84.

    Being permitted to make five substitutes instead of three may be a factor too, while teams have had to squeeze in extra games in a short period of time.

    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith, whose side sit 19th, are the only team to play four times in 11 days, an issue which he mentioned three times after his side lost 1-0 at Wolves.

    "Thank you very much for that," he said.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/53220831


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    Until COVID-19 problem is completely gone, this is to be expected.

    Quality has probably gone down. Yes.


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    Maybe my favourite team not doing well so I could be biased but the lack of crowds probably the issue?


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    The quality has declined because the smaller teams have lost their advantage, due to no crowds being allowed. Now the superior skill set of the bigger teams are more noticeable.

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    Definitely for the first few matches for each team, there were a lot of 0-0 or 1-0 games, not much quality. But by now, the quality is back up close to normal.


    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Maybe my favourite team not doing well so I could be biased but the lack of crowds probably the issue?
    Sir what's your favourite team? Really curious to know

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    Quote Originally Posted by szundercover View Post
    Sir what's your favourite team? Really curious to know
    One that keeps on losing from winning positions....

    Arsenal


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    One that keeps on losing from winning positions....

    Arsenal
    Auba back with a bang! Lets see if he can propel them further up the table.

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    Some of the matches are like training sessions.

    No intensity, no pace, low quality.



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    A few high scoring games also - seems some sides undercooked?


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    MU playing with more intensity, pace and quality then we have in many many years.


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    The quality is dropped when you see the so-called unbeatable champions and the greatest English side of all time getting owned by the third best team in Spain.

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    It def drops when 5 substitutions happen. All sense of cohesive play disappears

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    The quality is dropped when you see the so-called unbeatable champions and the greatest English side of all time getting owned by the third best team in Spain.
    That's a bit of a silly comment. Atlético Madrid are no push overs. Diego Simeone is one of the best managers in the game. Plus, they have players like Saul, Koke, João Félix, Jan Oblak, Thomas Lemar, and Diego Costa. Any team in the world would love to have those players.

    Also, did you know Atlético have an academy in Lahore? I find that amazing. I mean of all the places!




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    The quality has dropped but that is obvious. The players had been sitting at home for 3 months. Before the PL season restarts the team goes into training a month or two in advance with various tournaments or friendly games being played before the season starts. In this situation, after sitting at home for 3 month, and training for maybe a week or two the lads were all back on the field. You can't expect them to play at the same level without proper training obviously.




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    Quote Originally Posted by uberkoen View Post
    That's a bit of a silly comment. Atlético Madrid are no push overs. Diego Simeone is one of the best managers in the game. Plus, they have players like Saul, Koke, João Félix, Jan Oblak, Thomas Lemar, and Diego Costa. Any team in the world would love to have those players.

    Also, did you know Atlético have an academy in Lahore? I find that amazing. I mean of all the places!
    These academies are outsourced, in Bahrain we had Arsenal academy which became a Juventus one overnight with same personnel


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    Hopefully the quality has dropped, as my team Brentford might be going up! Bees in the Premiership next season? If the quality drops then they have more chance of staying up.


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