League 2 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:

  1. The current ratings (with ranks) of the two teams and how these have changed over the past 30 league matches;
  2. A probability forecast for the match based on the ratings;
  3. 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.

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Plymouth have an excellent chance to return to the top of the table with a very winnable home game against Crawley, while both Hartlepool and Cheltenham have an opportunity to pull away from the drop zone.

League 2 has seen a huge number of away wins this season and that trend could continue with four away teams considered favourites this weekend.

Individual matches

Here are the graphics for each game in a gallery format – unfortunately my Christmas kitchen duties mean that there isn’t time to comment on each match individually.