Expected goals ratings are not something of which I have not seen a lot on UpTheSaddlers, but they are relatively simple to understand and they attempt to provide objective snapshots of football matches, something with which many of us struggle because of our emotional biases. Let’s face facts: no rational, unemotional person would continue to pay good money to support Walsall given what the club gives back in return. To varying degrees, all Saddlers fans are mad.
One look at Walsall’s recent expected goals data, which I have uploaded in the form of Experimental 3-6-1’s excellent infographics, and you know something has to change - perhaps many things have to change - if the Saddlers are not going to get sucked into a relegation dogfight this season.
Nothing positive has come out of Walsall’s first four games under Brian Dutton, and to the person who tweeted the Saddlers were on top before Bradford took the lead - I am referring to you, Liam Keen, of the Express & Star - think again. However, I have just seen your Walsall player ratings - three sevens, five sixes and three fives among the starting line-up - and thinking about football is not your strong suit.