West Brom EFL Championship Tactical Analysis

It was another scintillating weekend in the EFL. Packed with goals, comebacks and broken landmarks.

From Pantomimes to Madonna here is the weekend in numbers, brought to you by Goodbrand Stats. 

Wednesday the Pantomime Villains

Aston Villa’s home record in the Championship is pretty impressive.

After this weeks round of EFL action, the Villains have now lost only 3 of their 30 home games in the second tier.

What makes this record even more remarkable is their recent results against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls continued their revival under Jos Luhukay with a 2-1 win at Villa Park. This means that of Villa’s defeats on home soil have come against Wednesday.

Bogey side.

He’s not Finnish, he’s only 28!

It’s been quite a start to life at Norwich for Finland international star Teemu Pukki.

And the former Celtic man may have just had one the best months of his career. Pukki scored in 5 goals in 5 wins for club and country in the month of September.

Goals from the top Finnisher helped his country rise to 58th in the FIFA World Rankings and his club up to 11th in the Championship table.

The best thing to come out of Scandinavia since ABBA and Ikea? Well certainly if you’re a City fan.

Rovers party like its 1990 

Blackburn Rovers have enjoyed a solid start to life back in the Championship, the same can’t be said for last week’s opponents Stoke City.

The pre-season favourites have only won games so far and sit 18th in the table.

To make matters worse, the Potters let a 28-year record slip on Saturday.

Blackburn had last won at Stoke in 1990, with the only goal of the game coming from David Mail.

Madonna was top of the charts with ‘Vogue’ and current manager Tony Mowbray was only 26 at the time.

After this result, The Bet 365 Stadium is somewhere where Blackburn will no longer be getting Hung Up.

Billy gives Blades a sharp edge 

Sheffield United’s recent surge under Chris Wilder had been somewhat halted since the international break.

A 4-1 win over Villa was followed up with disappointing results against Birmingham and Bristol City, with the Blades failing to find the net in both games.

On Saturday, Billy Sharp returned to the first team and the Wilder’s men got back to winning ways.

The Blade’s skipper scored in a 3-2 success over Preston North End.

He has now scored in of their last league wins.

An even more remarkable stat is that the Blades have won of the games he’s started.

Leading by example.

Johnny’s Rovers? 

Doncaster Rovers are enjoying life under new manager Grant McCann.

Rovers sit 4th in the League One table and have won their last games.

A John Marquis double helped them to victory this weekend against a struggling Bradford City outfit.

Marquis has an amazing record for the South Yorkshire club, with 46 goals in 99 appearances.

He’s also been their top scorer in all 3 of his seasons at the club.

Consistent.

You’ll never win anything with kids?

Arguably the most high-profile managerial appointment of the summer was at Derby County.

The Rams looked to Chelsea and England legend Frank Lampard to replace outgoing manager Gary Rowett.

After a 3-1 victory over Brentford, the Rams sit 6th in the Championship table as they look to finally return to the Premier League.

The Lampard revolution is in full swing.

of Derby’s starting XI against Brentford were aged 22 or under, including teens.

The last Derby XI under Rowett had players over the age of 30 and the youngest player was 24. 

If they’re good enough, they’re old enough.

Taking Stock of Jayden’s goals 

Exeter have taken to life without Paul Tisdale like a duck to water.

The long-serving Grecian’s favourite departed in the Summer to take charge of newly relegated MK Dons.

Former player Matt Taylor was handed the task of replacing Tisdale and has so far enjoyed a seamless transition into management.

Taylor’s side sit 2nd with wins from their opening League Two games.

The Grecians have been able to rely on the considerable powers of striker Jayden Stockley.

Since his return to the club in August 2017 he’s scored 25 goals in 50 appearances. This includes in his last 9.

Paul who? The Grecians have a new saviour.