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Spurs win Oracle Most Improbable Comeback award

26 May 2022
Bergwijn - most improbable comeback Spurs

Steven Bergwijn's sensational late double at Leicester gives Tottenham Hotspur 2021/22 prize

In a season of so many thrills and rollercoaster matches, the winner of the Most Improbable Comeback award, powered by Oracle, the Premier League's official cloud provider, was always going to be something special.

And that was Tottenham Hotspur's unbelievable 3-2 win at Leicester City in January. 

Trailing 2-1 at the King Power Stadium going into the fifth minute of stoppage time, Spurs' hopes of salvaging anything from the match and boosting their hopes of the top four looked gone. 

But substitute Steven Bergwijn scored twice in less than three minutes to turn the match on its head. Indeed, the three points would ultimately prove crucial as they finished ahead of north London rivals Arsenal for fourth by only two points. 

Spurs claimed the inaugural award on the basis that they came back to win from the most improbable circumstances, or where there was the lowest probability of victory.

This was based on the Win Probability Statistic developed by Stats Perform, which calculates the chance of a team securing a win or draw by simulating the remainder of the match 100,000 times. 

The model is based on four years of match data and takes into account if a team are home or away, the current score, penalties awarded, players on the pitch, red cards and time left in the match. 

The probability of a win is calculated every minute for every Premier League match in a season, in real-time. 

See: Oracle crunches data to inform Premier League’s two new end-of-season awards

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EA SPORTS Player of the Season - Kevin De Bruyne 
Barclays Manager of the Season - Jurgen Klopp
Oracle Most Powerful Goal - Fernandinho
Castrol Game Changer - Ilkay Gundogan
Castrol Save of the Season - Jordan Pickford
Budweiser Goal of the Season - Mohamed Salah

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