League 1 timelines, 23-27 Jan 2018

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

Blackburn look to have deserved more than a point overall at home to Northampton, but needed the half time interval to shake off the early goal they conceded, while it was a similar story at Gillingham. Wimbledon‘s surprise 4-0 win at Bradford looks to have been a deceptively even game, perhaps coming down to sharp finishing by the visitors. There was an impressive debut win for Chris Powell at Southend, while Oldham weren’t able to recover from a nightmare start at home to Plymouth.

Midweek matches

There were also a couple of midweek fixtures that I’ll tack on here for completeness.