League 2 previews, 25-26 Mar 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:
- The current ratings (with ranks) of the two teams and how these have changed over the past 30 league matches;
- A probability forecast for the match based on the ratings;
- 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 like being a good weekend for home teams, with eight of the 12 games seeing the hosts with a greater than 50% chance of winning. In particular, anything less than a win for Portsmouth at home to struggling Newport would be a huge disappointment. The only away favourite is Mansfield, who travel to Morecambe, although Luton have a decent chance of a win at Colchester.
Here are the graphics for each game in a gallery format.