With six games played and an international break last weekend, we thought we’d have a look at how Swansea City currently stack up against the rest of the Championship teams in terms of goals scored and total shots – both for and against.
We’re still only six games into the season which is not many at all in a 46-match season but we still thought it would be worth a look to see the attacking and defensive performances in the Championship so far.
Stats are just stats at the end of the day and never give us the full picture but we can still have a quick look to see which teams are performing better than average in terms of goal scored and shots on goal.
In a nutshell, Graham Potter’s Swans are performing better than average defensively but there’s improvement needed in attack. Our defensive performance is certainly helping as we need to be clinical in front of goal to win games as no other side has had fewer shots on goal than us after 6 games (57).
The scatter graph below shows total shots (x-axis – further to the right – the more shots on goal) and goals scored (y-axis – higher up the graph – the more goals scored). So ideally, you want to be at the top right of this graph, and not bottom left.
QPR are the worst performing team with the fewest goals but they’ve had more shots on goal than the likes of the Swans, Bolton and five other clubs.
The vertical and horizontal lines in the middle of the graph show the league averages for the two metrics – goals and shots. Higher than the line – better than average goals scored, right of the vertical line – better than average shots on goal.
Some of the teams performing better than average in attack are the likes of Bristol City, Wigan, Brentford, Aston Villa, Leeds and Sheffield United.
The graph below shows the total number of shots and goals conceded. This graph works the opposite in that you want to be bottom left rather than top right.
Brentford are the stand out performers defensively with far fewer shots conceded than any other side (46). Leeds and Middlesbrough are the only sides who have conceded fewer goals than the Swans so far this season. Potter’s side is performing better than average for both shots conceded and goals conceded.
It’s interesting to see Bolton Wanderers not performing well here – especially for shots conceded as they’ve made a great start to the season.