What kind of #AFLW Grand Final in 2018?

The 2018 AFLW season concludes this weekend with the Grand Final between the Western Bulldogs and the Brisbane Lions.

I have used both teams’ seven games to identify a median profile of their performances and their opponents in the regular season.

Western Bulldogs


Western Bulldogs and Brisbane

Scoring Scenarios

Western Bulldogs win, game score approximates to 41 v 37 median profile (Western Bulldogs dominate first half, Brisbane lift second half).

Brisbane win, game score approximates to 30 v 16 median profile (strong second quarter defence sets up second half game control for Brisbane).

The score in round 2 when the teams met was 33 v 24 to the Western Bulldogs. (Half time score was 26 v 3.)

Photo Credit

Frame grab (AFL website)

#AFLW 2018: End of Regular Season

My record of the 2018 AFLW season point scoring after the conclusion of the regular season is:

I have excluded the drawn game between GWS and Adelaide. The winning teams are in light blue and the losing teams are in light green.

The visualisation and data matrix for this box plot is provided by BoxPlotR:

The box plot description for figure legend:

Center lines show the medians; box limits indicate the 25th and 75th percentiles as determined by R software; whiskers extend 1.5 times the interquartile range from the 25th and 75th percentiles, outliers are represented by dots; data points are plotted as open circles. n = 27 sample points.

Photo Credit

Brisbane Lions (Courier Mail, Twitter)

EPL Managerial Sackings 2017-2018: Week 30

Mauricio Pellegrino is the ninth English Premier League manager to be sacked this season.

There are eight weeks left in the season.

I have been monitoring managerial changes in the League.

These are my data that look at:

  • League position when manager sacked
  • Highest League position under new manager
  • Current League position at the end of Week 30

They are presented here in the order of managerial sackings:

Crystal Palace (Week 4)

Leicester (Week 8)

Everton (Week 9)

West Ham (Week 11)

West Brom (Week 12)

Swansea (Week 18)

Stoke (Week 21)

Watford (Week 24)

Southampton (Week 30)


Six of the seven teams at the foot of the English Premier League have sacked their managers this season. The exception is Huddersfield Town (currently in 15th position). West Brom is in the most tenuous position at 20th, seven points adrift from the next team. The gap between 19th (Stoke) and 14th (Swansea) is four points.

Leicester (8th), Everton (9th), and Watford (10th) have created a distance from these teams. Watford is 9 points from a relegation place.

Photo Credit

Fans (Lubomir Simek, CC BY 2.0)