Championship timelines, 12-13 Aug 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.

Individual matches

Ipswich looked to be heading for a heavy defeat at Barnsley when the teams went in at half time, but completed a second half smash and grab to leave with all three points. Fulham – reduced to 10 men almost immediately – snatched a similarly unlikely point at Reading, who were the masters at overachieving their expected goals tally last season. Leeds recovered from a turgid opening hour to lay siege to the Preston goal but left it too late to break their visitors down, while pre-season title favourites Aston Villa look to have been outplayed in their defeat at Cardiff.