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Premier League Points Leaders: Week Seven

Johan Elmander celebrates getting up to seventh spot.
Johan Elmander celebrates getting up to seventh spot.

Note: The interactive graph will be removed and replaced by static top/bottom tens each week.

I missed putting last week's points leaders and trailers up and decided to play around with the formatting some, using a new tool to share (much) more data than I have been in previous posts. However, I have no idea how well this will work embedded in SBN's platform. If this is a catastrophe, it's all my fault. Here goes:


I think this is a pretty cool way of presenting the data. You can use the slider at the bottom to filter total points values: The top 10 are between 2.57-4.32; bottom 10 between -1.97 and -0.72. Circles are coloured based on points (red is negative, green is positive) and sized based on absolute value.

For those not yet in the know, these numbers reflect the value in points of goals scored, penalties conceded, penalties missed, and red cards in each match. Credit/debit is given solely to the player most involved (i.e. the guy scored/missing the penalty/fouling another player for a free kick), and is based on changes in win probability after a certain event.

In the past two weeks, we've seen West Bromwich Albion's Peter Odemwingie and Sunderland's Darren Bent both climb over Florent Malouda for the number two and three spots. However, Dimitar Berbatov is still well ahead of the pack - his 4.32 points puts him almost half a point ahead of Odemwingie in second place. Following Malouda in 5th is Fulham's Moussa Dembele, whose 2.89 points were all earned in one week, and Kenwyne Jones, who was on something of a hot streak between weeks 4-6, scoring important goals for Stoke in each match.

Seventh spot is held by a newcomer: John Elmander, whose opener at West Brom for Bolton last weekend was worth almost half of his total points haul. Fellow newbie Rafael Van der Vaart lies in 10th after a very strong weekend, netting twice for Tottenham and earning 2.37 points in the process. Stewart Downing, back on the list after a temporary absence, is in 9th thanks to his opener at Wolves, and Birmingham's Craig Gardner is a spot above him. We last saw Gardner in 5th, but his lack of goals and late red card in week six has cost him a little.

Down at the bottom of the table, Simon Perch and Manuel Almunia both appear, the former for a magnificent headed own goal in the dying minutes of a tied game and the latter for conceding a penalty in the first half against West Brom in Arsenal's shock week six defeat*. Nobody has yet come close to beating out Pepe Reina for 'least clutch' status, though.

*Yes, I know he then saved Chris Brunt's weak shot. No, I'm not going to credit him for that.

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