League 1 previews, 30-31 Dec 2016
Below are the individual preview graphics for each game in the forthcoming round of fixtures. These smash together minimalist versions of two visualisations: each club’s E Ratings and their relative positions on the attack and defence scatter graphics.
I’ve explained them fully here, but in summary they’re intended as a simple pre-match comparison of two teams using high-level performance data. The graphic has three sections:
- The current ratings (with ranks) of the two teams and how these have changed over the past 30 league matches;
- A probability forecast for the match based on the ratings;
- Scatter graphics showing the teams’ attacking and defensive performance this season.
Before we launch into them, here’s each match is listed in descending order of how likely a home win is. It probably doesn’t need to be said, but this is NOT betting advice – there’s loads of relevant stuff that the model doesn’t factor in (e.g. injuries and suspensions) that will surely have an impact.
Rochdale look the likeliest side to record a win this weekend when struggling Shrewsbury visit, although Bradford are also heavily fancied to record a victory when they entertain even-more-struggling Bury.
There are no away favourites this weekend, but Chesterfield’s visit to free-falling Port Vale should be close and could indicate which is likelier to escape the drop.
Here are the graphics for each game in a gallery format: