Season Review 2019/20


Welcome to Stats Perform’s French Ligue 1 season review for the curtailed 2019/20 league season.

Interactive and showcasing a host of detailed performance metrics, this report provides insight into the league’s standout performers, applying innovative frameworks produced by our team of AI scientists.

Within this review, we share a comprehensive breakdown of performance at the key ends of the pitch, as well as sharing detailed insight on team style, both in and out of possession. Detailed player analysis also features, with key metrics ranked across different positions.

Notable additions to our reviews this summer include details on the teams most effective at generating opportunities from high turnovers, together with insights into how each team approached the changes to the goal kick rule. We also apply metrics to highlight the ball carrying players who were effective at generating goalscoring opportunities through running with the ball.

These new features reflect Stats Perform’s ongoing commitment to further explore how performance data can inform a club’s decision-making across performance analysis, recruitment and long-term strategic planning.

We hope you find some interesting insights from this review.


Expected Goals (For)


Key Points:

  • Ranked by league position, this table outlines teams’ performances in front of goal, from both open play and set piece situations.

  • PSG’s ability to generate high quality chances from open play was demonstrated by them amassing an xG output of 59.5 from 346 shots. They exceeded the xG output of the next highest team, Monaco, by over 23, reinforcing their dominance over the competition.

  • 88% of PSG’s xG came from open play, the highest ratio in the league. Montpellier and Nimes sat at the other end of the spectrum, having generated 30% of their xG output from set pieces. Montpellier also generated the highest overall xG from set piece situations in Ligue 1.

  • Despite creating a substantially higher volume of high quality shots than their rivals, PSG underperformed on open play xG, scoring over three fewer goals than they would have perhaps expected. In contrast, seventh placed Lyon exceeded their xG by more than seven.

  • Bordeaux scored the most set piece goals, exceeding their xG by three. They were the only Ligue 1 side to over perform on their set piece xG by two clear goals.

Expected Goals For
Set Play : Total
Open Play
Set Play
Team xG Ratio Shots xG Goals SP Shots SP xG SP Goals
Paris Saint-Germain 0.12 346 59.5 55 95 9.3 10
Marseille 0.21 254 23.8 26 115 7.7 8
Rennes 0.23 248 24.8