League 1 update: 17 Jan 2015
Following Saturday’s matches I’ve updated my scatter graphics to see how each of the four divisions below the Premier League are looking. For each division there are three graphics – the first shows overall dominance, the second attacking performance and the third defensive performance. All are based on shot data and give a high-level view of how each club is doing relative to the others, with the axes centred on the divisional average.
Here we look at League 1, starting with each club’s overall dominance. Shots taken are on the horizontal and shots faced are on the vertical, so bottom right is good while top left is bad:
MK Dons are the most dominant side in the division, although Preston and Swindon also spend plenty of time in charge. Despite their top half position, Notts County have been under the cosh to an extent that might be expected of relegation candidates, while Coventry‘s matches have been relatively uneventful.
Now let’s look at attacking. The horizontal axis stays the same, but now we have the average number of shots needed to score each goal on the vertical axis:
Bottom side Yeovil actually create a respectable number of chances, but they’ve been dreadful at converting them. Walsall and Fleetwood have also been relatively wasteful, while Rochdale are the Football League’s most clinical side, needing fewer than 6 shots on average for every goal so far.
Now let’s look at the defensive picture – basically replace the word “taken” for “faced” on both axes. Now top left is good – facing fewer shots and able to soak up more per goal conceded – and bottom right is bad:
Here we see how Notts County have stayed in the top half: it’s very difficult to break them down, although it takes more attempts still to breach Bristol City or Fleetwood. The Cod Army’s solid defence has helped compensate for their profligacy in front of goal.