EFL Championship GW30 Review: Another win for in-form Fulham
EFL Championship Review. Another intriguing weekend of Championship action, with plenty of talking points across all 12 matches. Infogol’s Analyst has reviewed the action, assessing the fairness of results based on expected goals (xG).
Fulham’s incredible run of form continued at the weekend, with another home win, this time a 2-0 success over Nottingham Forest. They have won their last five league games, though were slightly fortunate to get all three points against Forest, in what was a very even game according to expected goals (xG). This was the most ‘unfair’ result of the weekend, not that Fulham will care, as they move up to 5th.
Nothing seems to be going right for Chris Coleman and his Sunderland team, as a 2-0 defeat at home to Ipswich was their fourth loss in five games. They were unfortunate to get beaten in at the weekend, as both teams generated just one ‘big’ chance – and Sunderland have struggled to take their chances in recent weeks, scoring just twice in five matches. Worrying times.
A few more even games that resulted in ‘unfair’ results were 1-0 wins for Bolton and QPR. Sammy Ameobi’s long-range strike was enough to separate themselves with Bristol City, though they weren’t many chances in a tight match. It was the same story at Loftus Road, with a long range strike from Josh Scowen being the difference between themselves and relegation threatened Barnsley.
Aston Villa deservedly made it six wins on the bounce with a solid performance in a 3-2 victory over Burton, and Derby maintained their automatic promotion spot after a comfortable 3-0 home win over Brentford – though they were helped by Sergi Canos getting sent off after 21 minutes.
The ‘fairest’ result of the weekend came at Hillsborough, where, thanks to two comical defensive errors and two red cards from their hosts Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham registered their second successive win to move themselves four points clear of the drop zone. Improvements for Birmingham, but worrying times for Sheffield Wednesday