Season Review 2019/20


Welcome to Stats Perform’s EFL Sky Bet Championship season review for the 2019/20 season.

Interactive and showcasing a host of detailed performance metrics, this report provides insight into the league’s standout performers, applying innovative frameworks produced by our team of AI scientists.

Within this review, we share a comprehensive breakdown of performance at the key ends of the pitch, as well as sharing detailed insight on team style, both in and out of possession. Detailed player analysis also features, with key metrics ranked across different positions.

Notable additions to our reviews this summer include details on the teams most effective at generating opportunities from high turnovers, together with insights into how each team approached the changes to the goal kick rule. We also apply metrics to highlight the ball carrying players who were effective at generating goalscoring opportunities through running with the ball.

These new features reflect Stats Perform’s ongoing commitment to further explore how performance data can inform a club’s decision-making across performance analysis, recruitment and long-term strategic planning.

We hope you find some interesting insights from this review.


Expected Goals (For)


Key Points:

  • Ranked by league position, this table outlines teams’ performances in front of goal, from both open play and set piece situations.

  • Champions Leeds United’s ability to generate high quality chances from open play was demonstrated by amassing an xG output of 67.3 from 574 shots.

  • Leeds exceeded the xG output of Brentford by over 13, however the Bees ended the campaign as the league’s highest scorers from open play as Marcelo Bielsa’s men netted 14 fewer goals than we would have perhaps expected based on the quality of their shot locations.

  • 39% of Millwall’s xG output came from set pieces, the highest ratio in the league. Brentford sit at the other end of the spectrum, having generated 83% of their xG output from open play.

  • Despite creating most of their shots from open play, Brentford were one of three sides to overperform in front of goal from set pieces. Together with Cardiff, the league’s top scorers, and Blackburn Rovers, Brentford scored at least two more goals than expected from set play situations. Eight teams underperformed by at least two goals.

Expected Goals For
Set Play : Total
Open Play
Set Play
Team xG Ratio Shots xG Goals SP Shots SP xG SP Goals
Leeds United 0.19 574 67.3 53 175 16.4 12
West Bromwich Albion 0.22 520 53.8 49 149 17.1 18
Brentford 0.17 507 54.3 57 153 12.5 16
Fulham 0.20 482 50.3 49 136 13.5 10
Cardiff City 0.36 370 34.0 40 206 20.6 23
Swansea City 0.24 428 46.2 39 142 16.3 15
Nottingham Forest 0.30 420 35.9 37 165 17.2 16
Millwall 0.39 337 31.9 32 188 23.2 20