Stoke City‘s unbeaten run in this season’s EFL Championship came to an end after the Potters were defeated 3-0 by table-toppers Fulham at Craven Cottage. The match was totally dominated by the Fulham side and Stoke players were not up to their usual high standards. The constant pressure from Fulham’s forward line created 19 chances for the home team and 3 times they were able to find the net.
Stoke had a low XG compared to their opponents. The Potters couldn’t create enough chances in either half and that resulted in a low XG rate. Only 2 chances were created in the first half compared to Fulham’s 13 chances. Both the strikers, Fletcher and Brown, had no attempts on or off the target. The XT timeline shows that a little bit of threat was created between 70th and 80th minutes of play and in the other minutes the team didn’t carry that much threat at all
No player from Stoke carried an XG threat. The Fulham players were dominant in that department. Both the teams had almost equal amount of possession and the number of passes has shown a somewhat similar stat. In the passing zones, Stoke has given equal competition to their opponents but lacked a cutting edge in front of the goal. The smart passes attempted by Stoke players was fewer in number. The key passes and through balls were attempted more by the Fulham side who capitalized on every given opportunity.
The recovery rate in the opposition half was also low for the Potters. The strikers were not as productive as the opposition strikers, who recovered a lot of balls up front. The team has contested the least number of offensive duels this season. This match was a bit different as the team contested 52 duels and won 25 of them.
No players in the forward line as well as attacking midfield players created enough xT with passing as well as dribbling. Josh Tymon, their left wing-back, was getting high up the pitch and looked like a threat with his passing and dribbling abilities. Other than that, the passing was not that effective. Alfie Doughty was introduced as a sub on the right side of play and he looked like a threat with his dribbling. He played on a more aggressive position.
Stoke has looked good in most of the opening matches, but this match was not at all productive for the Potters. They lacked a finishing touch from their strikers who were comparatively poor than the opposition ones.