Midweek previews, 27 Feb 2018

Below are the individual preview graphics for each game in the forthcoming round of fixtures. These smash together minimalist versions of two visualisations: each club’s E Ratings and their relative positions on the attack and defence scatter graphics.

I’ve explained them fully here, but in summary they’re intended as a simple pre-match comparison of two teams using high-level performance data. The graphic has three sections:

  1. The current ratings (with ranks) of the two teams and how these have changed over the past 30 league matches;
  2. A probability forecast for the match based on the ratings;
  3. Scatter graphics showing the teams’ attacking and defensive performance this season.

Individual matches

Here are the graphics for each game in a gallery format. Both Hull and Barnsley are improving but the Tykes’ performances have been far less impressive, leaving the Tigers strong favourites. Reading are listing worryingly and Sheffield United have a chance to pick up at least a point on the road. While Wigan are ebbing slightly they still look formidable and Bristol Rovers – who have looked pretty strong themselves this season – will find it difficult to press their home advantage. Peterborough v Walsall sees one of League 1’s busiest attacks host one of its quietest, with an opportunity for Posh to end their winless run. Blackburn’s trip to Wimbledon may not be a classic given that the two defences have both looked capable this season, while Wycombe – operators of a formidable attack – will be tested when Coventry – who run League 2’s toughest defence – come to visit.