Fulham and Cardiff couldn’t be separated, and nor could Preston and Barnsley as they all deservedly earned a point. Norwich got back to winning ways and heaped more pressure on Birmingham with a 1-0 win, while frustrations continue to grow at Villa Park after a goalless draw with Brentford.
Sheffield Wednesday got their first home win of the season, beating Nottingham Forest 3-1 after a very good attacking display in which they created plenty of good opportunities (2.72 xG). Middlesbrough also looked impressive in victory over Bolton, winning 3-0 with big-money signing Assombalonga getting a brace.
Sheffield United edged out Sunderland in somewhat fortuitous fashion, with neither team creating many chances – less than 1 xG between the two teams. Clayton Donaldson scored two goals from low-probability chances, the second of which was a strike from 30 yards out which found the top corner. All in all, a good counter-attacking performance from the Blades.
Bristol City’s 1-0 win away at Reading was an ‘unfair’ result as the Royals generated the better of the chances without taking advantage. Bristol City scored late from a low-probability chance, in what was an old-fashioned smash and grab performance.
The most ‘unfair’ result of the week was in the first match of the week – Derby’s 5-0 win over Hull. Both teams created an even amount xG (2.16 – 2.14 xG), but yet Derby hit the net five times and Hull failed to do so. The turning point was Sebastian Larsson’s penalty miss – which could have made the score line 1-1 – and instead within 10 minutes Hull were two goals down. From then on Hull were chasing the game and Derby punished them.
Credit and xG source @infogolapp