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Nicolas Pepe Has The Highest xG In The Premier League Without Scoring A Goal

The abbreviation xG = expected goals it's taken from factors like type of assist, whether it was a shot taken with the head or foot, the angle and distance of the shot, and whether it was a big chance. 

The context of a scoring opportunity is precisely what informs its xG rating. A rebound falling to a player in front of an open goal six yards out will have a high xG score, but a shot taken from 35 yards at a narrow angle will have a low xG score.


If you see that chance is described as having an xG rating of 0.35 that means a player would be expected to score from the chance 35 per cent of the time - a one in three chance. If a chance is described as 0.5xG it should be scored 50% of the time and so on.

The player that has the highest expected goals rate this season without actually netting a goal is Arsenal winger, Nicolas Pepe.


Nicolas Pepe's 1.9 xG this season is the most in the Premier League among players who haven't scored a goal. Harry Kane and Francisco Trincao are next, with 1.7.


Patrick Bamford has 2 fewer goals than xG, but has scored once.

Ever since Nicolas Pepe was signed from Lille for £72 million in 2019 he has been having high xGs but his goal scoring rate has been really poor. He may look to amend that this season.

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