Visual Cann tables: 11 Dec 2018
Today I’m switching another visualisation on that I completely forgot about, namely the visual league tables (which are explained here if you haven’t seen them before). Put simply, they’re intended as a more useful way of looking at the league table by separating the teams in proportion to how many points they’re on course to win over the season.
There are two reasons for doing this rather than just showing their current points total:
- It’s pretty common for teams to have played different numbers of games once a few postponements (e.g. for cup ties and bad weather) have kicked in.
- It allows more direct comparisons with what they’re on course to achieve e.g. the average points tally for a title winner or relegated team in previous seasons.
This isn’t intended to be any sort of prediction: just presenting the basic information in a league table more visually.
There are some serious divisions opening up in the Premier League table already: the bottom seven teams are currently on course to miss the 40 point mark traditionally associated with safety by a fair margin, so we could have quite a torrid relegation battle on our hands. Further up the table, Man Utd are currently some way off the pace set by the rest of the top five, with the top two of Liverpool and Man City both racking up points at an impressive rate.
Norwich and Leeds are both comfortably on course for the top two as it stands, some way ahead of the chasing pack. With the exception of bottom side Ipswich – who have been earning points at around half the rate usually associated with survival – the promotion and relegation battles are otherwise relatively close affairs.
If Portsmouth carry on earning points at this rate they’ll finish the season with a whopping 108. The top eight look to be pulling away from the rest, which as it stands would mean that two of Barnsley, Charlton, Blackpool and Doncaster are on course to miss out on the play-offs by a narrow margin. The four worst-performing sides so far are all some way off the pace usually required for safety.
The top two of Lincoln and MK Dons are racking up points at a rate comfortably higher than normally needed for automatic promotion, so the battle for third place could be where the real drama is this season. Poor starts for Macclesfield and Notts County have left them worryingly adrift of where a safe team usually needs to be.