Soccer Corner Statistics For Five Major European Leagues

We were recently asked if there were any significant differences
between leagues when it comes to corners.

For example would you expect more or less corners in a Premier League Match
compared to a similar match in France?

Cold hard facts and figures are always preferable than hunch and supposition
so we have crunched the numbers to bring you this short report.

The first decision to make was what data to base this on.

We decided to look only at the five most major European leagues.

Also only league game data has been used.

( no cup matches or Champions league etc )

In total just over 9000 separate matches were analysed.

This covers five full seasons plus the 2012-2013 season up to the end of February 2013.

For each league we have calculated:

  • The average corners won per game by the home side
  • The average corners won per game by the away side
  • The average total corners per match

In addition we also compare each league to the overall average across the five leagues.

Summary Table

League

Avg Home Corners

v average

Average Away Corners

v average

Average Total Corners

 

v average

All 5 Leagues

5.9

4.5

10.4

English Premier League

6.3

106.8%

4.9

108.9%

11.2

107.7%

Italian Seria A

5.9

100.0%

4.6

102.2%

10.5

101.0%

Spanish La Liga

5.9

100.0%

4.4

97.8%

10.3

99.0%

German Bundesliga

5.7

96.6%

4.3

95.6%

10.1

97.1%

French League1

5.5

93.2%

4.2

93.3%

9.7

93.3%

 

Key Points Of Learning

  • We can see from the above that the English Premier League has a significantly greater
    percentage of corners per game than is average.

  • We can see that French League 1 has a significantly lower percentage of corners
    per game than is average.

  • As one would naturally expect, home teams tend to score more corners per
    game than away teams.

 

Why Do Leagues Differ For Corner Statistics?

To answer that one we need to veer from the world of cold hard facts and figures
and move into the zone of hunch and supposition.

I think it may just be an indicator of general style of play in an individual league.

If a league sways slightly towards defensively minded tactical mid field battles
and less towards attack, one would assume a lower corner count most likely.

 

Who Are The Top Teams For Corners?

I thought you may be interested to see a top ten table indicating the European
teams who win the most corners.

As one may expect from the data above which indicated that the Premier League
is the top league for corners, Premiership teams fill many of the top spots in this table.

Corners

Corners

Corners per

Rank

Home Team

At Home

When Away

Game Overall

1

Liverpool

8.1

5.7

6.9

2

Man United

7.5

6.3

6.9

3

Bayern Munich

7.9

5.6

6.8

4

Arsenal

7.6

5.9

6.7

5

Chelsea

7.1

6.2

6.7

6

Tottenham

7.5

5.7

6.6

7

Barcelona

7.4

5.5

6.4

8

Valladolid

7.4

5.4

6.4

9

Roma

7.0

5.4

6.2

10

Milan

6.7

5.5

6.1

Liverpool somehow take European silverware yet again.

 

What Use Can Be Made of Soccer Corner Statistics?

Understanding how the main leagues differ can prevent silly mistakes.

Say for example you were conditioned to Premier League soccer but
were blind to the stats from France, you could fall into the trap of assuming
Over 10.5 corners in a French match more likely that it should be.

Knowledge of teams home, away and total corner counts are key factors
in determining value or the lack of it in the "Who Will Score The Most Corners"
and "Total Corners" soccer betting markets.

 

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