Ebene News – GB – Aberdeen only creates clear chance once every 100 minutes of action, stats show – Evening Express

Aberdeen’s struggles in front of goal ahead of tonight’s Premiership clash with Celtic are exposed in the offensive stats of their previous five outings

The Dons have failed to score in their last five league games, increasing the pressure on boss Derek McInnes:

The Reds haven’t scored since center-half Andy Considine’s 77th minute in the 2-0 home win over Motherwell – 463 minutes ago

An Aberdeen forward has not scored since open play since Curtis Main’s brace against Ross County in Pittodrie on December 12

Due to the Dons’ decision to completely revamp their attack line at the end of the January transfer window, the last five games are notable in that SEVEN players failed to score when they have been played in advance

The Main freed, Sam Cosgrove – who was sold to Birmingham for £ 2million – and Bruce Anderson, who is now on loan (and noting) at Hamilton, as well as loan signings by the deadline Fraser Hornby, Callum Hendry and Florian Kamberi, as well as substitute Connor McLennan have all played as points forwards in the last five games

Opta’s expected goals (xG) and “high chance” indicators indicate that the Dons should have scored four goals in this period

However, Opta’s stats also paint a picture of a team that doesn’t just struggle to put the odds aside. Chance creation is the big deal

Four ‘big chances’ in 463 minutes means that Aberdeen only creates one ‘big chance’ – a situation in which a player should be reasonably expected to score, usually in a leading scenario – to head or very close when the ball has a clear path to the goal and there is low to moderate pressure on the shooter – once every 100 minutes or so

You might also have noticed that there haven’t been any “big chances” in the last three games

Due to the lack of “high chances” it is safe to say that something is wrong behind the attacker (s)

The table above shows that many passes into the opponent’s box did not result in Dons players actually receiving the ball in the box, for example

The most notable figure on the charts above is Matty Kennedy who plays almost a third of Aberdeen’s passes in the opposing zone

Played as a forward and full-back this season, Kennedy is someone who has criticized his deliveries Signed last January, the former St Johnstone man has just one assist in 19 starts this quarter

Some have suggested that his performances have been inhibited in several matches where he has played to the right or left of a full-back (which Aberdeen gave up on Saturday), as he receives the ball further back and, by therefore, encountering more opposition and being forced to send crosses from unfavorable positions

Left-back Jonny Hayes, who returned from Celtic this summer after being Aberdeen’s star winger, played what is perhaps a surprisingly low number of passes in the opposition zone, given his history and the fact that – like Kennedy – he played in all five games

The second graph shows that Aberdeen has been relatively successful in getting new frontman Fraser Hornby on the ball in the box in all three of his starts since arriving on deadline day, although central midfielders Lewis Ferguson and Ross McCrorie had more

Hornby co-striker Florian Kamberi scored a touch in the opponents’ box on his first start for the club – Saturday draw 0-0 against St Mirren

But those keys in the box – over 50 of them – don’t result in chances

What has been a hallmark of the last five matches (and other points in the campaign) is Aberdeen’s lack of creative spark and the ability to beat a man or play the deadly pass that splits a defense. opponent means the Reds have to pull the trigger more often from a less than ideal range

33 of their 53 efforts in the last five games have been over 12 yards, including more than 20 outside the box

It’s clear from the charts above and below that most of Aberdeen’s shots come from their two central midfielders, as well as Kennedy

Although all three have had shots on target in the past five games, Hornby is yet to hit the target, despite five efforts in his three starts. Kamberi, meanwhile, was on target from afar against the Buddies

The seven players to play ahead in the last five games have managed 14 shots between them (Main did not make any, neither did Hendry), with only two on target

It’s such a clear sign that any Aberdeen has a hard time breaking through defenses and getting the ball to their attackers in dangerous areas, with players farther away being rather limited to a large number of shots on the ball. pot in the hope of succeeding in something special

With Ryan Hedges’ source of creativity for the season and his early season criminal partner Scott Wright sold, McInnes and the likes of Kennedy, veteran Niall McGinn – who returned to the squad against St Mirren – or has Hayes come up with the formula to feed the Dons attackers with constant odds?

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Ebene News – GB – Aberdeen only creates a clear chance once every 100 minutes of action, according to stats – Evening Express

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