Assist/Goalscorer Combinations

Best EPL Partnerships

It is often said that certain players are on the same wavelength, but have there been any examples of this so far in the 2011-12 Premier League season?

In order to find out I have been through every goal netted in the current top-flight campaign, identifying both the scorer and assistor. I have then produced tables on a club-by-club basis that highlight all combinations that have been responsible for more than just a single goal:

Arsenal
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
Gervinhovan Persie4---4
Walcottvan Persie3---3
Artetavan Persie1van PersieArteta12
SongRamsey1RamseySong12
  • The four goals that Gervinho has layed on for Robin van Persie can only be matched by the four that Gabriel Agbonlahor has created for Darren Bent at Aston Villa
Aston Villa
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
AgbonlahorBent4---4
BannanAgbonlahor2AgbonlahorBannan13
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has been involved in all the goals scored by Aston Villa in which the two players combining have done so more than once
Blackburn Rovers
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
NzonziYakubu2---2
PedersenHoilett1HoilettPedersen12
  • No pairing have combined for more than two goals at Blackburn
Bolton Wanderers
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
KlasnicEagles2---2
EaglesOwn Goal2---2
K DaviesKlasnic1KlasnicK Davies12
MuambaKlasnic1KlasnicMuamba12
  • Chris Eagles has managed to set up two own goals this season
Chelsea
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
MataSturridge2---2
LampardTerry2---2
  • Despite scoring 28 times this term, only two pairings have combined for more than a single goal for Chelsea
Everton
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
RodwellDrenthe1DrentheRodwell12
JagielkaBaines1BainesJagielka12
  • It is interesting to note that the combination between defenders Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines ranks equal first on the chart for Everton
Fulham
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
DempseyZamora2ZamoraDempsey24
MurphyZamora1ZamoraMurphy12
MurphyJohnson1JohnsonMurphy12
  • The 50/50 split between scoring and assisting in the Clint Dempsey/Bobby Zamora combination is the most even distribution within any partnership that has accounted for four goals
Liverpool
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
AdamOwn Goal2---2
AdamSuarez1SuarezAdam12
  • Charlie Adam has managed to set up two own goals this season
Manchester City
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
SilvaAguero3AgueroSilva14
RichardsAguero3AgueroRichards14
DzekoSilva2SilvaDzeko13
NasriAguero2---2
NasriDzeko2---2
MilnerDzeko2---2
MilnerBalotelli2---2
Y ToureA Johnson2---2
DzekoAguero1AgueroDzeko12
BarryMilner1MilnerBarry12
  • Whilst no other team has managed more than four different multiple goalscorer combinations, Manchester City have weighed in with ten
Manchester United
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
YoungRooney3---3
NaniRooney2RooneyNani13
JonesRooney2---2
AndersonWelbeck1WelbeckAnderson12
  • Wayne Rooney has featured in three of these four multi-goal combinations for Manchester United
Newcastle United
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
BestBa3BaBest14
No AssistR Taylor2---2
  • Ryan Taylor has helped himself to a couple of unassisted goals
Norwich City
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
TierneyMorison2---2
No AssistHolt2---2
MorisonPilkington2---2
PilkingtonHolt1HoltPilkington12
  • Steve Morison, Grant Holt and Anthony Pilkington have each been involved in two separate two-goal combinations
Queens Park Rangers
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
MackieYoung2---2
BothroydHelguson1HelgusonBothroyd12
  • The Jamie Mackie/Luke Young combination has struck in each of the last two Q.P.R. matches
Stoke City
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
CrouchWalters2WaltersCrouch13
  • Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch are the only two Stoke players to have combined for more than a single goal
Sunderland
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
SessegnonLarsson1LarssonSessegnon12
  • Sebastian Larsson and Stephane Sessegnon are the only two Sunderland players to have combined for more than a single goal
Swansea City
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
AllenGraham1GrahamAllen12
  • Danny Graham and Joe Allen are the only two Swansea players to have combined for more than a single goal
Tottenham Hotspur
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
LennonBale3BaleLennon14
BaleAdebayor3---3
Adebayorvan der Vaart3---3
AdebayorDefoe2DefoeAdebayor13
  • Emmanuel Adebayor has featured in three of these four multi-goal combinations for Tottenham
West Bromwich Albion
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
  • No West Bromwich Albion players have combined for more than a single goal this season
Wigan Athletic
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
  • No Wigan Athletic players have combined for more than a single goal this season
Wolverhampton Wanderers
AssistGoalNumberAssistGoalNumberTotal
DoyleO'Hara2---2
  • Jamie O'Hara and Kevin Doyle are the only two Wolves players to have combined for more than a single goal

Thoughts

It would appear that potent combinations are hard to find, with no two individuals linking up for more than four goals. Several players have been involved in separate multi-goal combinations, with the following seven top-flight stars featuring in at least three different partnerships:

Robin van Persie (Arsenal) - 3

Ivan Klasnic (Bolton) - 3

Sergio Aguero (Man City) - 4

Edin Dzeko (Man City) - 4

James Milner (Man City) - 3

Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) - 3

Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) - 3

Ivan Klasnic is the standout performer in this list as he is the only person not representing a club that currently sits in the top seven of the Premier League table. Special mention should also be given to James Milner, given that he is the only non-forward in this select grouping.

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One Comment

  1. g00nerwin
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Great breakdown. Liverpool one is very interesting. Looks like a few more lucrative partnerships needed to be formed in that team. Maybe Bellamy and Suarez will start to come good?

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