All football fans love interesting statistics – and after a crazy few months of Capital One Cup football, there are plenty to go around! I’ve picked out 10 particular statistics that I think are really fascinating and may spark some intricate discussion.
1st – Top Goal scorer – Theo Walcott (Arsenal) (5 goals)
Walcott really shone for Arsenal in the 7-5 win at the Madejski Stadium against Reading. After a dour first half where the Gunners went into half time 4-1 down, they attacked the game in the second period, with the attack spearheaded by Walcott. The young, English forward bagged himself a hat-trick in the proceedings.
2nd – Goals scored – 307 (3.65 per match)
This statistic is a real testament to how competitive the games have been in the Capital One Cup so far this season. An average of 3.65 goals per game is incredible and fans can expect there to be much more to come!
3rd – Top assister – Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal) / Michael Jacobs (Derby) (5 assists)
Many football fans seem to think Arshavin should consider a move away from the Premier League, but being joint-top in assists in the Capital One Cup surely shows he has something to offer the Gunners? He just needs to try and convert these performances over to the league.
4th – Matches with 3 or more goals – 61 (73%)
Another astounding statistic – nearly ¾ of games played so far in the Capital One Cup have had three or more goals. It’s goals galore – football fans rejoice!
5th – Most goals scored as a substitute – Miles Storey (Swindon) (2 goals)
It’s a shame Paolo Di Canio’s Swindon are out of the competition, as they’re a highly entertaining side to watch. One thing that Di Canio certainly knows how to do is make key substitutions. Storey came on and scored in two separate games for Swindon. His goal against Aston Villa gave Swindon a foot back in the game, but Villa held on for the win.
6th – Most own goals scored (Team) – Reading (2 own-goals)
There can be no worse feeling as a footballer than letting your team-mates down in a freak accident and conceding an own-goal. Reading had conceded two of them before heading out of the competition, but in such a high-scoring season, certainly didn’t let this fact go to their heads too much.
7th – Greatest number of goals in a single game – Reading 5 – 7 Arsenal (current League Cup record)
What a game! Reading were 4-0 up by the 40th minute, only for Walcott to knick one back before half-time. Arsenal managed to pull it back to 4-4 by the 90th minute, and took the lead to 5-4 in extra time. Minutes later, Reading equalised to make it 5-5. However, in pushing forward to find a winner and avoid a penalty shootout, the Royals left themselves open at the back, and conceded twice in quick succession to end the game 7-5 in Arsenal’s favour. That’s the greatest score line in League Cup history. Incredible stuff.
8th – Most goals conceded – Adam Federici (Reading) (9 goals)
It’s no wonder the goalkeeper who has conceded the most goals was the one between the sticks for Reading on that famous night against Arsenal. Conceding seven goals in one game cannot feel good, and it’s difficult to see anyone topping the nine conceded overall in the competition now.
9th – Most goals scored (Team) – Arsenal (15 goals)
Another statistic linked to that simply crazy night at the Madejski Stadium. That 7-5 victory paired with the 6-1 annihilation of Coventry have placed the Gunners well and truly at the top when it comes to goal scoring.
10th – Most common result – 2 – 1 (8 times)
It’s a familiar score line, yes, but what’s great about this is that even though the teams meeting in this competition are often leagues apart, the fixtures are obviously competitive, with both teams having a go at each other with no fear.