So, I'm a bit bored. As a result, I decided to go through the match stats of each Wednesday league match this season, and work out the mean average for possession, shots, shots on target, corners and finally goals. If you're one for stats, you may find this interesting. All stats were taken from the BBC Football site.
The average Wednesday match looks like this:
Sheffield Wednesday: 1.23
Sheffield Wednesday: 47.92%
Sheffield Wednesday: 11.38
Shots on Target
Sheffield Wednesday: 3.65
Sheffield Wednesday: 5.04
Now let's look at the highest and lowest points of the season for each stat:
Highest: 63% - QPR (a)
Lowest: 25% - Sheffield United (a)
I was shocked that the QPR match featured the highest percentage of possession we have enjoyed in a league match this season, considering the game finished as a 3-0 defeat for the Owls. I was not surprised, however, to learn that the Steel City Derby had our lowest possession stat. That match, although a draw, was offensive and embarrassing.
Highest: 16 - joint; Norwich (h) in a 4-0 defeat and Preston (h) in a 1-0 win.
Lowest: 4 - joint; Middlesbrough (a) and Brentford (a) in a 1-0 win and 2-0 defeat respectively.
Highest: 25 - Leeds (h) in a 1-1 draw.
Lowest: 4 - Preston (h) in a 1-0 win, the first match after sacking Jos Luhukay.
Shots on Target
Highest: 7 - Birmingham (h) in a 1-1 draw.
Lowest: 1 - joint; Brentford (a), Sheffield United (a) and Bolton (h) in a 2-0 defeat, 0-0 draw and 1-0 win respectively.
Shots on Target Faced
Highest: 10 - joint; Wigan (a) and Norwich (h) in a 3-2 defeat and 4-0 defeat respectively.
Lowest: 1- joint; Preston (h), Bolton (h) and Birmingham (h) in two 1-0 victories and a 1-1 draw respectively.
Highest: 9 - joint; QPR (a) and Reading (a) in a 3-0 defeat and 2-1 win respectively.
Lowest: 0 - Brentford (a) in a 2-0 defeat.
Highest: Stoke (h) in a 2-2 draw.
Lowest: 2 - joint; Forest (a) in a 2-1 defeat and Rotherham (h) in a 2-2 draw.
Shots on Target to Goals: Conversion Rate (%)
Highest: 100% - Bolton (h) with one shot on target and one goal in a 1-0 win.
Lowest: 0% - joint; Brentford (a), QPR (a), Norwich (h) and Sheffield United (a).
Lowest (ignoring games where we did not score): 14.29% - Birmingham (h) with one goal from seven attempts on target.
I am surprised by a number of the data I have looked through. I never would have suspected that the Norwich match would have seen us record our highest number of shots. Nor would I have expected our highest possession stat (63%) to come in our 3-0 defeat at QPR. Interestingly, our second highest possession stat came in the very next game; a 3-1 defeat at Birmingham.
Corners were another item which surprised me. I always had this impression that we generally do well with corners, winning more than the opposition. However, in only nine games so far have we won more corners than the opposition and in thirteen games we have conceded more corners than we won. We have not won ten or more corners in a single league game this season, despite conceding ten or more in five different games; Stoke (h), Leeds (h), Birmingham (a), Sheffield United (a) and West Brom (a).
A bit of a random blog. I may well revisit this for some more detailed analysis and I think I'll continue to update as the season progresses.
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