By Mac Izu Nelson
This season, Manchester United’s and Manchester City’s profligacy in front of goal has been well documented as both teams are known to dominate matches yet rack up little in terms of proceeds.
So today we take a look at Europe’s most clinical teams based on their shots per goals ratio which tells us their rates of conversion and the number of goals these teams have racked up.
1. Monaco: Monaco is having a sensational season having ousted Nice to the summit of Ligue 1. They also topped a difficult champions league group, beating Spurs home and away to proceed to the Champions League knock out stages.
The reinvigorated Radamel Falcao is key to their prolific season so far, with his 13 goals in all competitions.
Also, the 64 goals Monaco has racked up which is the most in Europe’s top 5 leagues, owes much to the fact that it is spread across the team.
They have five players with more than five goals this season while teams like Manchester City have just one in Kun Aguero.
And with a 22% conversion rate, Leonardo Jardim’s men are the most clinical team so far this season.
Just ask Tottenham.
2. Sevilla; For the first time in a while, there is talk of a three pronged title race in La Liga which doesn’t involve Athletico Madrid. Sevilla sits sandwiched between the Spanish powerhouses that are Madrid and Barca.
And their upturn in form is fully deserved!
Sampaoli’s Sevilla has been a joy to watch with their 42 goals this season cutting across 13 different scorers.
They have also maintained a high conversion rate of 17.1%, and are conceding less goals per game than the previous season.
3. Barcelona; Finally, a traditional powerhouse breaks into the list. It might seem weird to some that the big boys have not featured so far but there is a simple explanation to this.
The big boys usually take more shots hence a less conversion rate.
Barcelona have averaged 16.8 shots per game this season, which is far more than the teams above them on this list.
Messi and Suarez so far, have scored 33 of Barcelona’s 56 goals this season and if they continue in that form, then they might successfully defend their title.
With a conversion rate of 16%, Barcelona are not doing too badly, too.
Luis Enrique has successfully infused a bit of directness in Barca’s play and the slight shift in priorities is paying dividends.
4. Espanyol: Don’t laugh, the statistics are what they are.
Espanyol is actually not doing too badly this season and their steady progress is testament to this.
After a slow start, they have enjoyed a solid season thanks to some ruthless finishing.
They take just 8.8 shots per game but with 25 goals scored and at a 16% conversion rate, Espanyol is actually a clinical team.
5. Hertha Berlin; Despite losing more games in their last four games than in their previous 13, Hertha Berlin make their way into our list.
With 14.5% conversion rate from 25 goals scored, the team could hardly be ignored.
6. Real Madrid; Yes, Madrid are not very high on this list and the reason has been stated before; too many shots!
And lately, a misfiring forward line has meant that Real has lost some of its sharpness as well.
The team would need their forward line firing on all cylinders if they hope to wrest the Liga crown from Barcelona.
With a conversion rate of 14.5% and 50 goals scored, Madrid need to improve to mount successful challenges on all fronts this season.
Already the team is out if the Copa Del Rey meaning it has just two major honours to fight for.
Here’s to hoping we see a bit more fight from the team.
Other teams which make up the top ten are:
7. Dortmund-14.4% conversion , 37 goals scored.
8. Chelsea -14.3 percent conversion 47 goals scored.
9. LAS Palmas-14.1% conversion, 28 goals scored.
10. Nice-14.1% conversion. 35goals scored.