League 2 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.


Accrington remain highly-rated by the model despite their difficult season and look strong favourites to secure a home win. If Portsmouth – the highest-rated team of all – can put in the sort of performance that they’re capable of and marry it with some decent finishing, there’s no reason they can’t get the better of Luton. Despite their own troubles, Crewe are given a strong chance of winning at Morecambe, whose resurgence is yet to translate into a huge ratings improvement.

Individual matches

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