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Revealed: The Premier League's late-show specialists

 • by Sam McGuire
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West Bromwich Albion put on a late show against Liverpool, netting twice late on, to salvage a point at The Hawthorns. Fans of the Baggies aren’t used to seeing their side net after the 75th minute, with the two against Jürgen Klopp‘s side taking their tally for the season to seven goals in the final 15 minutes of matches

It puts Darren Moore’s charges in joint 14th position alongside Swansea City for goals scored after the 75th minute of a match.

They’re 17 behind Manchester City, who have managed to score 24 per cent of their goals this term in this time period but are five ahead of Brighton and Hove Albion with the Seagulls rooted to the bottom of this makeshift table with two goals in the final stages of a match.

But how else do the rest of the Premier League teams fare? We’ve decided to take a look.

The top 10

Pep Guardiola’s men are clear winners, seven clear of Manchester United who occupy second position. The Premier League champions are relentless, pinning teams back for large periods of the game and dictating play. So far this season they have averaged over 66 per cent possession in the English top flight. They wear the opposition down and eventually the goals start to flow.

José Mourinho, on the other hand, has his players conserve their energy up until half-time, with close to 60 per cent of their goals this season coming after the break. The fact they’ve scored 44 per cent of their second half goals in the final 15 minutes of the match comes as no surprise, with the game often stretched.

Liverpool and Arsenal have netted 16 times after the 75th minute, with both teams averaging more goals in the second 45. While the Gunners are like a lite version of Manchester City, dominating the ball and looking to turn the screw, the Reds often look to play on the break in the second half in an attempt to utilise the pace of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané.

Watford and Tottenham Hotspur are next up on the list having scored 14 goals. The Hornets sting the opposition late, netting 33 per cent of their tally for the entire season this season in those final 15 minutes while just over 20 per cent of Tottenham’s goals have come during this period.

Bournemouth, who have made a name for themselves over recent weeks as escape artists having salvaged points late on, are tied with Chelsea on the list with both teams finding the net on 13 occasions beyond the 75th minute mark.

Leicester City (11) pip West Ham United and Crystal Palace (both on ten) to ninth position in this list. Everton and Burnley have both scored nine goals, while Stoke City (six), Southampton, Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United have all managed it on five occasions this term.

That’s enough about the teams. Now, onto the players.

Players with most goals in the final 15 minutes

Salah is a goalscoring machine but it’s quite remarkable to see that he’s scored over half of Liverpool’s goals in the final 15 minutes of matches. He’s out in front with nine, one clear of Sergio Agüero and two ahead of Raheem Sterling. The Manchester City No.7 has made a name for himself this season having rescued the team on a number of occasions with strikes late on.

Sterling and Agüero share 66 per cent of City’s late goals this season, proving to be valuable assets for Guardiola during those final stages.

Anthony Martial, nothing more than a bit part player for Manchester United this season, – especially since the arrival of Alexis Sánchez – has still popped up with four goals after the 75th minute mark. This, despite only being on the pitch during this period for 226 minutes. The Frenchman’s fresh less, coupled with his explosive pace in general, undoubtedly plays a part in this return.

Chris Wood is a surprise name in the top five. The Burnley forward has featured in just 202 minutes beyond the 75th minute this season but four of his nine Premier League goals have arrived in this time frame.

Romelu Lukaku (467 minutes) and Harry Kane (431 minutes) have both netted four times in the final 15 minutes but they’ve had more of an opportunity and it’s why they miss out on the top five list. Aaron Ramsey, Alexandre Lacazette and Callum Wilson make up the top ten with three goals apiece.

It’s something to keep an eye on with there still being plenty to be decided in the Premier League this season. Late goals could be a deciding factor in tightly contested matches.

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