Premier League Preview: Top 6 Candidates to Lead the League in Assists

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Premier League Preview: Top 6 Candidates to Lead the League in Assists
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Goals get the glory, that's a given, but there has been a tendency in recent years to pay more and more heed to assists statistics.

Savvy football fans have always known that the guys who lay on the goals are just as important as the those high-profile attention-seekers who put the ball in the back of the net, but these days we pour over the assists numbers almost as much as the scoring charts to better quantify the value of these creative types.

Statistics don't tell the whole story, of course, but over the course of a season—or a footballer's entire career—they can help paint a more accurate picture of exactly what he offered to the game.

For now, though, we move from the practical world of numbers to the less-than-scientific domain of making predictions, and try to pick the six players who will top the Premier League assists charts in season 2013/14. 

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