Championship timelines, 27-29 Oct 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

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Burton, who scored first and out-created Ipswich only to end up losing, while Norwich also looked unlucky in defeat at home to Derby. Sunderland also seemed to have done enough to get something out of their game with Bristol City while Sheffield Wednesday appear to have been worth more than a point against Barnsley. Kudos to QPR for out-creating a formidable Wolves side and to Sheffield United for topping the table after another fine win.