Form tables, 13 Mar 2017
Here’s the latest update of my form graphics (explained here), which visually rank each team in the top four English divisions based on both their results and underlying performances over the last six league matches.
Man City have been in dominant form lately, massively out-creating their opponents and allowing then less than half a goal’s worth of chances per game.
Everton and Tottenham are grinding out good results but by far narrower margins on average, with both having allowed chances almost as impressive as those they’ve carved out.
It’s been a difficult time for West Ham, who have faced shots of worryingly high quality – it’s no wonder that they’re languishing near the bottom of the form table.
Fulham and Huddersfield have made the promotion race a lot more interesting with their impressive recent results and now sit atop the form table.
Leeds continue to defy gravity under Garry Monk: it’s been six games since they tasted defeat but they’ve been out-created in each of those matches. Fellow model-taunters Reading‘s bubble looks to be bursting however, so the play-off battle may not be over yet.
I also couldn’t help noticing that Ipswich are on a run of six consecutive draws, as befits a team with a quiet attack and well-organised defence.
Their FA Cup adventure may have come to a rather jarring halt but Millwall are riding high in the form table with a series of dominant performances that surpass even runaway leaders Sheffield United.
The Blades’ nearest challengers – Fleetwood and Bolton – are both in the upper half of the form table despite some relatively modest underlying performances and former leaders Scunthorpe sit bottom of the pile after another frustrating defeat.
Chesterfield have done well to take five points from such a horrendous-looking series of performances: results like their smash-and-grab draw against Shrewsbury at the weekend don’t look repeatable.
Stevenage have stormed unexpectedly into play-off contention after some impressive results but we can see here that they aren’t steamrollering opponents.
It’s good to see Accrington finally getting some good luck after such a horrible season, and they also might move closer to where the model optimistically predicted them to finish.
The adjacent trio of Exeter, Mansfield and Barnet have all have struggled to maintain their previously fine form despite continuing to out-create opponents.
Carlisle‘s recent performances have looked genuinely awful and I expect many fans would bite your hand off for a seventh-placed finish at this point.