From left: Brighton & Hove Albion central defenders Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster. Picture by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images

Revealed: Brighton aces ranked among the top Premier League central defenders this season

Using data scouting, BetVictor has ranked Premier League centre-backs by their statistical output this season.

By Matt Pole
Monday, 9th May 2022, 3:40 pm

Players were assessed on a weighted scoring model which considers attacking threat (20% weight), ball playing (40% weight), and defending (40% weight – includes aerial ability), by analysing over 20 different per 90-minute performance metrics.

To improve the accuracy of the results possession adjusted statistics were used for defensive stats – these give a more accurate representation of a players defensive output by accounting for team possession.

To avoid bias towards centre-backs who spend a lot of time on the ball, stats such as progressive passes and carries were adjusted per 100 live-ball touches to provide a truer account of a player’s use of the ball.

A pair of Brighton & Hove Albion defenders have been named amongst the league's shining defensive lights.

You can see where they rank in BetVictor's standings in the gallery below.

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