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Stat attack - Blues 2018/19 statistics

Here's some of the key statistics from Blues 2018/19 EFL Championship campaign.

Blues finished 17th in the table, having had nine points deducted at the end of March. With those extra nine points, Blues would have finished 14th.

According to WhoScored.com metrics Blues were ranked 5th overall in the Championship.

Blues averaged 12.7 shots per game – a smidgen more than Sheffield United

Blues netted 64 goals – the best for seven years – and kept 12 clean sheets (30 per cent at home, 22 per cent away).

Blues scored 31 goals at home and 33 away.

Matches at home accounted for 52 per cent of Blues total points and 48 per cent of goals scored in the Championship.

Forty of Blues goals came from open play and 19 from set-pieces.

Of goals against (58), 39 came from open play and 15 from set-pieces.

Of shots/attempts at goal, 52 per cent came from within the 18-yard box, eight per cent within the six-yard box.

Blues took the lead 30 times and conceded an equaliser on 16 occasions. Of the 25 times opponents have taken the lead, Blues equalised on 12 occasions.

Blues began the season (end of August to end of October) with an 11-game unbeaten streak and ended it seven unbeaten.

A 15-game unbeaten record at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium came to an end in December.

Blues earned 29 points away from home - the eighth best mark in the league.

Blues average home attendance was 22,483, putting them 11th in the rankings. In total, 517,110 came through the turnstiles at St. Andrew's.

Che Adams scored 22 goals (all in the league). He was the first player since Steve Claridge in 1994/95 to do this.

Che Adams became the first player since Trevor Francis in 1977/78 (25 goals) to score 20 or more in either of England’s top two tiers.

Che Adams scored 34 per cent of Blues goals in 2018/19 (2.5 shots per game).

Che Adams was named in the EFL Championship Team of the Season, as voted for by EFL managers, and was nominated for Player of the Season.

Lukas Jutkiewicz scored 14 goals and made 10 assists (2.6 shots per game). This was the most productive season of his career.

Lukas Jutkiewicz (rating 7.72) was named WhoScored.com Championship Player of the Season. He played 3,824 minutes – only Teemu Pukki, of outfield players rated in the top 10 performers, stayed on the pitch for longer, by just four minutes.

Both Lukas Jutkiewicz and Kristian Pedersen (rating 7.1) made the WhoScored.com Team of the Season.

Jota topped the assists chart for Blues, with 11. He made 2.1 key passes per match.

Harlee Dean, on average, won 5.6 aerial duels a game.

Blues won 54.8 per cent of aerial duels – the best mark in the Championship, and they made more interceptions than any other team. Michael Morrison made 5.5 clearances a game.

Kristian Pedersen made 2.3 tackles per game and 2.7 interceptions – a team high.

With 75.6, Jacques Maghoma posted the best successful pass per game percentage.

Blues averaged 43 per cent possession per game.

Nine players made 40 or more appearances, only Sheffield United matched this.

Two players – Che Adams and Lukas Jutkiewicz – appeared in 46 games; there were only 16 across the whole league who did this.

Blues made the third lowest number of changes to the starting 11, behind Leeds United and Norwich City (average 1.09 changes).

Blues had 19 drawn games – only Stoke City, with 22, had more draws.

Blues had 1,929 attacks – 41.9 on average per game – ranking them fourth in the league.

Of Blues attacks, 34 per cent came on the left-hand side, while 39 per cent came via the right.

Blues were second best in the Championship at regaining the ball in the attacking half, ranked sixth for counter-attacks and second for long passes.

Blues scored 32 first-half goals (the majority between the 16th and 30th minutes) and 32 second-half goals (mainly between the 76th – 90th minutes).

Che Adams matched Paul Devlin’s feat of scoring in six successive league games (completed in August, 1997).

(Note: WhoScored.com ratings are based on a comprehensive statistical algorithm which is weighted towards influence within a game).

 

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