Fulham earned a comprehensive 3-0 victory at home over Stoke City in the 5th match week of the 21-22 EFL Championship season. The Cottagers dominated the match completely, thereby moving to the top of the Championship table. Fulham took 19 shots in the game and had an xG of 4.35 in this match as compared to Stoke’s 8 shots and an xG of 0.53.
Looking at the expected threat (xT) timeline of the match, it is easy to notice that Fulham were the team that posed a constant threat with their passing and dribbling throughout the game. The expected goals (xG) timeline showed that Fulham had their expected goals continuously increasing in the game and went as high as 4.5 in the second half.
Fulham’s 3-0 victory over the Potters was their 4th win of the season. Fulham took an early lead after just 5 minutes and extended their lead to 3-0 with 2 goals in the second half. Harry Wilson got the first-half goal, assisted by Mitrovic. Wilson then paid back the favour, assisting Mitrovic’s goal late in the second half to make it 3-0. Bobby Reid had made it 2-0 early in the second half.
The Cottagers have shown excellent statistics early on in the Championship season. After 5 match weeks, Fulham have scored the highest number of goals(13) and also conceded the joint least goals(3). Fulham have been proving themselves as serious title contenders for the Championship this season, and they boast the highest accumulated xG(12.72) among all championship sides.
They have also recorded the 2nd highest number of shots(79-only less than Coventry City) and the second-highest passes(2476-only less than Swansea) with the highest passing accuracy, and have also allowed the least shots on their goal(11) so far in this season. The Cottagers also boast winning the most offensive duels and recorded the most touches in the opponent’s penalty area.
New coach Marco Silva has had a huge effect on the Cottagers and has been able to transform the team. He has also succeeded in getting Mitrovic to come back into the race for the Golden Boot as he now has the joint-most goals(4) so far this season. Harry Wilson, the new signing from Liverpool, has also had an impact on the team’s success since coming in. Also, Paulo Gazzaniga, who joined from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer, has also had a positive impact, saving 72.7% of the shots he has faced(8 out of 11).
In conclusion, it is safe and fair to say that Fulham have been brilliant early on in the season, and are serious contenders for winning the Championship. The manager’s target would be to win the Championship, but getting promotion once again might be enough for him to continue being Fulham’s manager.
At the moment, the domination of Fulham in various statistics shows that they have a high chance of staying where they are in the Championship table.