Things have been a bit quieter than usual here as I’ve been building some extra functionality for the 20 games report (due out in early December), but I though it was about time to revisit the attacking and defensive effectiveness graphics for each division. Click the Explanations link from the menu above if you’ve not seen these before. As usual, I’ll make a few choice observations for each.
- Ipswich are now the Football League’s most wasteful side, needing almost twice as many shots to score each goal compared to the average Championship team. Mick McCarthy needs to sort out more than just the defence if they’re to pull away from the danger zone.
- Leeds continue to create few chances – having 3 shots less per game than the average Championship side – but remain among the best at converting them.
- Crystal Palace‘s remarkable feat of scoring in every match so far looks to be down to their precision in front of goal – they boast the division’s most efficient attack. Millwall‘s fine recent form is also down to attacking sharpness rather than throwing the kitchen sink at opponents.
- Leicester are the Championship’s most effective side when it comes to cutting down their opponents’ supply lines – they face 4 fewer shots per game than the average team and 2 less than Blackpool, then next most rigorous.
- It’s almost the exact opposite for Peterborough, who have to deal with twice as many shots as the Foxes and more than any other Football League side.
- Brighton‘s recent dip in form has seen Blackburn take their mantle as the Championship’s most resilient defence, although the Seagulls probably remain the happier of the two as they deal with 4 fewer shots per match.
- Sheffield Wednesday are the leakiest at the back – it takes half as many shots to breach their defence as it does Rovers’.
- Worrying times are ahead for Hartlepool and Leyton Orient, while not significantly more profligate than Oldham or improving Scunthorpe they don’t create anywhere near as many chances.
- Top side Tranmere are significantly out-scoring the chasing pack thanks to their clinical front line – only Port Vale in the division below take fewer shots to score each goal.
- Brentford continue to out-create every other Football League side, although their away form is preventing them from breaking into the promotion picture.
- No defence in the Football League faces fewer shots than Swindon‘s, which in turn has half as many attempts at the goal behind it to deal with than that of Walsall or Hartlepool.
- While Notts County are hardly relaxed at the back, they’re at least very capable at soaking up chances. However they’re outshone by MK Dons and Sheffield United, both of whom can soak up 3 more shots without conceding than promotion rivals Tranmere.
- Port Vale‘s finishing is truly impressive: almost twice as efficient in front of goal as the average League 2 side, they’re also the most clinical team in the entire Football League.
- Aldershot have no such luck in front of goal – while Barnet, Wycombe and Accrington create similarly few chances (with Barnet creating less than any other Football League side), these three are all much better at converting them.
- Gillingham can lay claim to the Football League’s most resilient defence, which can soak up almost twice as many shots as the average League 2 rearguard before conceding.
- Rather than resisting chances, Bradford‘s defence chooses to stop them from occurring in the first place, which they do better than any other League 2 team and twice as effectively as Northampton.
- Few would be surprised to learn that Barnet had both the division’s and Football League’s least efficient defence, but for Exeter to be second in both is somewhat more unexpected.