#WLeague 2017-2018: goal scoring and game outcomes

The 2017-2018 W-League season ended at the weekend with Melbourne City’s victory over Sydney in the Grand Final.

During the season, I used the Westfield W-League match centre as my source of secondary data to monitor goal scoring and game outcome.

My analysis of the data on 57 games played is:

Scoring first and not losing

46 games were won by the team scoring first.

6 games were drawn by the team scoring first.

Scoring first and losing

There were four games in which the team scored first lost.

Newcastle v Canberra (Round 4)

Melbourne Victory v Perth (Round 4)

Melbourne Victory v Brisbane (Round 10)

Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory (Round 11)

When were goals scored?

194 goals were scored during the season: 93 in the first half; 100 in the second; and 1 in extra time. The home teams scored 103 goals and the away teams 91. There was one 0v0 draw (Melbourne Victory v Brisbane in Round 12).

In 15 minute time intervals, these goals were scored:

Shots at goal and goals scored

The W-League Stats Centre recorded 1609 shots at goal during the season of which 611 were noted as ‘on target’ (a shots per goal measure of 12.06).

Visualising Performance

Andrew Howe has visualised goals scored for and against in the W-League from the start of the competition in the 2008-2009 season. His circular plot is a very powerful interactive resource.

My search for Melbourne City’s performance in 2017-2018 before this year’s grand final revealed:

I do think this is an outstanding resource for anyone interested in the history of the competition. It also sets a standard for how we visualise performance data.

Photo Credit

Three in a row (Westfield W-League, Twitter)

Six European Football Leagues Going into Christmas 2017

I have been following scoring patterns in six European football leagues (EPL, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Serie A, Eredivisie and Primera) in the 2017-2018 season.

I have a particular interest in the outcome of scoring first and not losing in games in these leagues.

Prior to midweek games on 13 December 2017, the range of my data (n=875 games) thus far is:

In Ligue 1, the % of games in which the team that has scored first and not lost has ranged between 86% and 89%. In Serie A, the range is 72% to 80%. The other four leagues fit between these two leagues.

My BoxplotR visualisation of nine observations for these leagues is:

The box plot statistics are:

The EPL is about to enter an intense fixture period and I will be interested to observe any changes in pattern.

A separate project is to examine the games in which the team that scores first has lost (n=96 of the 875 games played). The Eredivisie has the largest number of these games (n=23 out of 134 games) and the Primera the smallest number (n=12 out of 150 games).

Photo Credit

Marco Verratti (PSG Officiel, Twitter)

Fireworks (AjaxDaily, Twitter)

Scoring first and losing in six European league competitions 2017-2018: Update

There have been 21 games this season in six European leagues (EPL, Ligue 1, Eredivisie, Bundesliga, Serie A, Primera) in which the team that scored first has lost (as of 18 September).

The games are:

  • Serie A (5)

Benevento Calcio v Sampdoria (Round 1)

Roma v Inter (Round 2)

Atalanta v Napoli (Round 2)

Genoa v Juventus (Round 2)

Sassuolo Calcio v Atalanta (Round 3)

  • Ligue 1 (4)

Toulouse v Monaco (Round 1)

Metz v Guingamp (Round 1)

Toulouse v PSG (Round 3)

Rennes v Toulouse (Round 4).

  • Eredivisie (4)

Alkmaar v Eindhoven (Round 1)

Ajax v Heracles Almelo (Round 1)

Roda JC Kerkrade v PEC Zwolle (Round 1)

SBV Excelsior v sc Heerenveen (Round 5)

  • Primera (3)

Celta Vigo v Real Sociadad (Round 1) 

Celta Vigo v Real Betis (Round 2)

Getafe CF v Barcelona (Round 4)

  • Bundesliga (3)

Freiburg v Leipzig (Round 2)

Bayer Leverkusen v Mainz (Round 3)

Werder Bremen v FC Schalke 04 (Round 4)

  • EPL (2)

Bournemouth v Manchester City (Round 3)

Brighton v Bournemouth (Round 5)

Photo Credit

FC Schalke 04 (Twitter)