Championship timelines, 31 Oct – 1 Nov 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

Quite a few of the midweek games appear to have been settled by the quality of finishing rather than the quantity of chances, with Barnsley, Bristol City, QPR, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday all prevailing in seemingly even contests. However there were some more one-sided contests, with Cardiff looking impressive once again in their win over Ipswich while Aston Villa and Brentford both looked convincing in victory on Wednesday evening.