League 1 previews, 2 Jan 2017

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.



It looks as though high-flying Scunthorpe have enough about them to see off the challenge of Peterborough, whose defence often undermines their swashbuckling attack. This also looks to be one of the best chances that Oldham will have to record a home win, with fellow strugglers Port Vale visiting. A victory for either could see them gain serious ground in the relegation battle, with tough home games facing three of the other clubs sitting near the bottom of the table.

Individual matches

Here are the graphics for each game in a gallery format: