Weekly permutations: League 2, 7 Dec 2019

These graphics break down how much the league table can change during the next round of fixtures as follows:

  • Down the left is the current order if league table, with each club’s current league position also indicated by a shaded square in their row.
  • Across each club’s row is a hollow colour-coded strip showing how they are mathematically capable of moving after the next round of fixtures is over, regardless of how crazy the combination of scorelines would need to be.
  • To differentiate between the probable and the possible, inside the strip is a little minimalist column chart showing the relative chance of them ending up in each position based on my ratings model.

The top of League 2 is the most open of the three EFL divisions at the moment with a four-way scrap to start next week in first place. The bottom half of the table is a complete free-for-all with only two points between Mansfield in 15th and Walsall in 22nd, so what looks like mid-table mediocrity on the surface could well have flipped into apparent relegation peril (or vice versa) by Sunday morning.