By Mark J. Fine
First week of the season and we’re off to the races: Southampton are the youngest side in the Barclay’s Premier League averaging 24.5, followed by Aston Villa (25.0), Cardiff (25.6), and Tottenham (25.7). Fulham are again the oldest at 29.6, followed by Crystal Palace (29.4), West Ham (29.3), and Everton (28.9). The number of injured players on the Injury League list has increased to 67 from 65 at pre-season.
The statistics are compiled as follows: The average age of each team as weighted by playing time is shown along the horizontal axis. The average age of each injured player comprising the Premier League Injury Table is shown along the vertical axis. The value in the current Premier League Injury Table is used for the relative size of each bubble.
All statistics are inclusive of Barclay’s Premier League matches through 19 August, with injuries reported via The Physio Room at ~1000 GMT on 21 August.
The Premier League Injury Table can be found here.by