Championship timelines, 8-9 Sep 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

Derby’s huge win over Hull looks like it owed more to ruthlessness than dominance, with their visitors creating chances of pretty similar quality overall – perhaps if that first half penalty had been converted the game would have played out differently. By comparison, Leeds’ own five-goal demolition of Burton was one of the most one-sided encounters I’ve seen for a while. QPR and Sheffield Wednesday also look to have won relatively comfortably, while Sheffield United’s win at Sunderland didn’t look particularly exciting, with most shots coming from outside the box.