Stat Attack: Which Premier League Teams and Players Are Leading the Way in the Stats

With English football going through January's cup competition fixtures and the winter transfer window in full swing, now gives a perfect time to look back on which teams are topping each statistical area and who might need some changes by the end of the month.

1. Most Goals - Manchester City and Harry Kane

An easy one to start with and a predictable winner. Manchester City are comfortably top of this list with 64 goals scored so far this season, 14 ahead of the second closest team; Liverpool. 

However, unlike their rivals, they have spread their goals and assists more evenly across the team with three different players in the top 10 for each category. 

Individually the statistics show a much closer battle, with Mo Salah closely following Harry Kane on 17 and 18 goals respectively. Interestingly, Kane's goals count for 43% of Tottenham's total; the highest individual contribution in the league. 

The pair are beginning to increase their lead from the following pack with 3rd placed Sterling on 14, followed by Aguero on 13 and Lukaku, Morata and Rooney on 10.

2. Passes Made - Manchester City and Nicolas Otamendi

Manchester City are once again dominating the table when it comes to passes made, currently on 16,073 they are 2,203 ahead of next highest Arsenal or an average of 100 per game, which is no surprise when they average 71% possession. 

The table also shows a clear split in playing styles across the league with only Southampton joining the top six sides in passing the 10,000 mark. 

Once again the individual statistics are much closer with Otamendi on 1,898 leading second placed Fernandinho by just 40 passes. Arsenals Granit Xhaka is next in line just 72 behind, before the gap widens by over 200 with De Bruyne and Silva, Azpilicueta, Vertonghen and Matic all on over 1,500.

3. Crosses - Tottenham and Matt Richie

Tottenham are narrowly leading the way in this department with 484 crosses, or an average of 22 per game. However, they are just six ahead of Manchester United; who have the second tallest team in the league, before West Brom; with the tallest team in the league, followed by Southampton and Chelsea all appearing at around 460 crosses. 

Despite their collective volume, Tottenham's highest placed crosser of the ball is Christian Eriksen in a surprising 9th place and 24 behind the leader, in the form of Newcastle's Matt Richie on 140. 

The Newcastle man is two ahead of Kevin De Bruyne, but a massive 95 ahead of his next closest teammates, Jonjo Shelvey and Christian Atsu on 45 each and in joint 63rd place.

4. Clean Sheets - Manchester United and David de Gea

Having featured in all of his clubs league games this season, it is somewhat unsurprising that David de Gea and Manchester United share the same number of clean sheets this season, on an impressive 12 from 22 games. Mourinho's side have in turn, kept the opposition out in 55% of the games.

They are just one ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City; although unlike Courtois, Bravo collects one of City's clean sheets, while Stoke and Jack Butland have the unfortunate record of being bottom of the table on just two clean sheets.

However, in contrast to the teams at the top end of the list De Gea has also made the second highest number of saves this season, 13 behind Swansea's Fabianski and almost twice that of Courtois, showing just how important the Spaniard has been for United this season.

5. Most Fouls - Everton and Wilfred Ndidi

It's not the table clubs would chose to be top of, but they only have themselves to blame. Everton, on 277 fouls, are statistically the dirtiest side in the league with 2nd placed Watford on 267. The table gradually decreases with West Brom, Manchester United and Southampton rounding off the top five. While only Bournemouth have below 200 fouls on a modest 189, with Manchester City, Leicester and Burnley all below 210.

However, as in other areas it appears this stat is not equally distributed across the team. On the individual front, Leicesters Wilfred Ndidi tops the table narrowly leading Palace's Luka Milivojevic 41 to 40, before Swansea's Jordan Ayew makes a surprise inclusion with 39. 

Remarkably fouls show no relation to yellow cards with Newcastle's Isaac Hayden and West Ham's Pablo Zabaleta leading on seven, with West Ham also collecting the most yellows collectively with a massive 51. 

However, Watford have paid the price where red cards are concerned, already collecting four this season. While Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey; on two red cards, has the most of any individual player.

6. Offsides - Burnley and Harry Kane

Burnley may feel some ill will towards this accolade, with the club accumulating 72 offsides to date. However, they will have company, with Chelsea joining them on a very close second with 70. 

The remaining teams in the league are some way off with the next highest side, Arsenal dropping down massively being caught offside just 56 times. In comparison Bournemouth's clean play seems to be paying dividends in other areas, with by far and away the lowest offside calls of any team on just 16.

With his team producing the highest number of crosses, it seems Harry Kane has been caught out on a few occasions this season and might have had a few opportunities to extend his goal scoring record even further. 

The forward has been caught offside on 26 occasions this season, six ahead of Brighton's Glenn Murray and Leicesters Jamie Vardy, before a cluster of players appear in the mid teens. 

7. Dispossessed - Crystal Palace and Jordon Ayew

Crystal Palace have close competition for this unfortunate award, however, on 290 compared to the 279 of Swansea, Palace just about top the table as the side that have lost possession on the highest number of occasions this season, whilst both are considerably above the next highest Tottenham on 252.

Swansea can place their high number in part down to Jordan Ayew who having lost the ball on 59 occasions is one ahead of Palace's Wilfried Zaha. 

Beyond the two main culprits a moderate gap starts to open up over Watford's Richarlison, surprise inclusion Liverpool's Mo Salah and Bournemouth's Joshua king on 56, 54 and 53 respectively. 

8. Hit the WoodWork - Manchester City and Harry Kane

Somewhat unsurprisingly top scorers Manchester City and Harry Kane are also featured on this list.

Manchester City have hit the woodwork on 14 occasions this season, however, second place is shared by Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Southampton. Only two of which have made the top five in terms of goals scored, with Southampton sitting in a rather dismal 13th overall. 

Meanwhile, Harry Kane has twice the number of shots that end of up hitting the posts as his nearest rivals with six so far this season. 

Once again second place is tied with Aguero, Arnautovic, Ayew, De Bruyne, Defoe, Lingard and Matt Richie all tied on three. However, of the seven, only Aguero makes the top 10 in goals scored.