EFL previews, 21-22 Feb 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.
Individual matches

Here are the graphics for each game in a gallery format. Derby are in decline so may struggle to break down Burton, although with Huddersfield looking capable of doing them a favour against Reading it could be a priceless opportunity to edge towards the play-offs. Fulham are another side whose play-off bid is faltering and they shouldn’t underestimate Bristol City – who have looked more unlucky than bad – on Wednesday night. In League 1 Chesterfield look to have a tough job at Millwall, while in League 2 Newport won’t get many better opportunities to register a home win than this.