Data blog: What West Ham must do to avoid relegation

By Giles Broadbent on August 11, 2014 1:25 PM |



Of course, West Ham are going to finish in the top half of the Premier League. That's what manager Sam Allardyce has been asked to do so that's what he'll do. Right?

So these statistics, below, showing what a team must do - statistically - to avoid relegation are purely academic in east London.


Teams hoping to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season will want to be sure to win around 24% of their games statistics suggest.

We have take the stats of each team to finish in the highest Premier League relegation spot, 18th (19th in the 94/95 season and 20th before that), for each season since the start of the Premier League, to see what is required of a team to stay up.

On average, the team finishing in 18th wins just 23% of their games, and loses 49%.

Any team wanting to avoid a season in the Championship will also have to be sure to score more than a goal a game, with the last relegated team managing to reach that total on average.

When it comes to conceding though, the last side to be relegated averages 1.6 goals per game.