Form tables, 25 Oct 2017
Seeing as it’s been almost a month since the last batch, it feels like a good time to update the form tables. These are explained here in full, but put simply they visually rank each team based on both their results and underlying performances over the last six league matches.
Clubs are ordered based on their last six results (which are denoted by the colour of the six dots in their row) but the vertical position of the dots and the size of the two bars are dictated by the quality of chances they’ve created and allowed. The latter is also used as a tie-breaker for teams with the same number of points from their last six games.
While both Tottenham and Arsenal have looked pretty dominant overall, Man City really are in a league of their own at the moment.
Ronald Koeman’s exit from Everton doesn’t look surprising given that the Toffees have allowed opponents an average of two goals’ worth of chances per game recently.
Burnley continue to defy the data, having taken nine points from the last 18 available despite creating what looks like around four goals’ worth of chances and allowing between 10 and 11 in return.
Like midweek cup opponents Man City in the division above, Wolves look head and shoulders above the rest lately, having created chances of over twice the quality than the ones they’ve allowed.
Brentford‘s form has begun to resemble their strong underlying performances, while Sheff Utd – who looked to be overachieving earlier this season – are looking increasingly convincing as play-off challengers.
Sunderland and Bolton have looked equally poor at the bottom of the form table, with the worst balance of chances overall.
Wigan have been the Man City of the third tier with yet more dominant performances, although unbeaten Shrewsbury have matched them defensively.
Oldham have been rejuvenated under Richie Wellens and while their defence is still a bit open they’re managing to out-create opponents overall.
At the scary end of the table it’s confusing to see Bury struggling despite their impressive attacking output, while Plymouth‘s recent uptick in form has come despite their performances remaining poor.
Peterborough‘s collapse is a bit odd, although they’re back to their bad old habits of creating lots of chances while allowing their opponents to do the same.
Luton‘s dominance means that every division has their own Man City at the moment – it’s hard to see anyone challenging the Hatters if they keep this up.
Port Vale‘s recovery since changing managers looks to have been on merit, with their three successive wins all seeing them comfortably out-creating their opponents.
Forest Green have also carved out a few precious wins lately, but seemingly against the run of play and so they’re likely to drop back unless performances improve.
Below them, bottom club Chesterfield look to have been better than their results lately, so there’s plenty of cause for optimism.