EFL timelines, 31 Jan – 2 Feb 2017

A quick explanation

You can skip this if you’ve seen these before.

As usual, here are timeline graphics for the latest round of matches. There’s a full explanation of these here, but in a nutshell they track how each club’s expected goals tally (the number of goals that the average team would have scored from the chances that they created) increased over the course of the match.

This allows us to get a better sense of how each game played out than from just watching the highlights. Every jump in a line is a shot, with bigger jumps corresponding to more promising chances (at least as far as I can tell from the limited data available at this level).

There are two numbers next to each club’s name: the first is how many goals they scored and the second (in brackets) is how many goals the average club would have scored from their shots. The latter number is what the lines track, with dots on the lines denoting the goals they actually scored.


There was an almost-complete set of Championship midweek fixtures, with the exception of Wigan v Norwich which was bumped to next Tuesday. The most interesting match came last, with Huddersfield playing Brighton off the park on Thursday night to keep the title race interesting and bolster their own promotion prospects.

Leagues 1 & 2

There was also a handful of fixtures from the lower two divisions, with the League 2 schedule having a very “Westcountry clubs shake up the promotion race” theme. Yeovil shocked Plymouth in a disjointed win while Cheltenham edged out another promotion-chasing side in Luton and Exeter continued to assert their own credentials with an impressive home win (rare in itself this season) over in-form Wycombe.