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Stat Attack – AFC Bournemouth v Everton

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Written by Matt Stevenson

Here is the xG from the Everton game which was a game of few chances, which was probably the Dyche game plan, as a draw or a stolen victory would have been seen as a good result. Both teams had long periods without an attempt at goal: AFCB from the 9th to the 42nd minute and from the 63rd minute to the end of the game; Everton from the 11th to the 33rd minute and from the 34th to the 59th minute. At half time the xG was AFCB 0.43, Everton 0.30. Bournemouth were trying to take the initiative with a few half chances (notably Kluivert and Semenyo having 1 in 7 rated attempts) but the biggest chance of the game put us 1-0 up, Kelly picking out Solanke in the box to head past Pickford, rated 3 in 5. This forced Everton to come out a bit more and in the 82nd minute they had a good chance with Beto having a header rated 1 in 4. Four minutes later Neto fumbled a fairly routine cross, dropping the ball for Beto to pounce (43%). There was still a big error in the match though, as a cross from the right was put into his own net by Coleman (hence not registering any xG) and AFCB held out for a 2-1 win. The final xG was AFCB 1.33, Everton 1.01; the xGs produced by Understat were more in our favour being AFCB 1.39, Everton 0.93.

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The average positions of our players are interesting with Cook (4) playing almost as high as Tavernier (16) with Adams firmly playing as a central defensive midfielder. Semenyo (24) was our highest player. The first change was Kelly (5) for Kerkez (3) and he immediately got an assist. The second change was Ouattara (11) and Philip (29) coming on for Tavernier (16) and Kluivert (19). Kelly took up a higher position than Ouattara which is surprising. In the 85th minute, Unal replaced Solanke, with AFCB protecting a 1-0 lead.

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Adams had the most touches with 72. Cook had the most touches in the opposition half (46) and Semenyo had the most in the final third with 36.


We had 30 touches in the opposition’s penalty area with Semenyo and Solanke having 7 each.

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Mepham attempted 47 passes, with Cook and Zabarnyi having 42 each. Cook attempted most in the opposition half (26) and he and Semenyo attempted most in the final third with 14. AFCB averaged 73% completion. From the starting eleven Adams, Smith and Kluivert had values over 80%. Neto only achieved 53%

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AFCB attempted 26 crosses being successful with 6 (3 from Cook). The most important cross was from Kelly, who was successful 1 from 1.


Our players tried to take on a man 29 times being successful 7 times which was lower than normal. No player had greater than a 50% success rate

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We created 8 chances (1 big). Everton created 5 chances with none big.

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We had 11 attempts (1 big) noting that chances can be provided after saves, deflections, or a defensive error and not created. We hit the target 3 times. Everton had 7 attempts, 1 big, and hit the target 3 times.

AFCB won 20 of 44 aerials duals. Mepham won 6 from 11. Surprisingly, Semenyo won none from 6 attempts


AFCB won 14 out of 24 tackles. Adams won 4 from 5 and Mepham 3 from 3.

Zabarnyi made the most defensive actions with 14. Adams made the most interceptions (4), Cook made the most recoveries (7), Zabarnyi made the most clearances (10) and Mepham made our only block.


According to Opta, AFCB made one error leading to a goal which was Neto’s failed attempt to catch the ball.

The foul count was AFCB 14, Everton 11. Kluivert made 4 fouls and Solanke was fouled three times. Smith made no fouls which is a rarity

The Opta expected goals had Solake as most likely to score for AFCB (0.62) with Tavernier at 0.25. For assists, Kelly was at 0.40, and Tavernier and Cook at approximately 0.20.

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