Liverpool Women manager Vicky Jepson reacts after a missed opportunity Liverpool Women v Chelsea Women WSL football match, Prenton Park Stadium, Birkenhead, UK - 13 Mar 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

STATS: The facts and figures behind the FAWSL relegation dogfight

At the time of the suspension of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, there were three clubs embroiled in a relegation battle, those being Bristol City, Birmingham City and Liverpool.

Liverpool were propping up the table after collecting just six points from their 14 games while Birmingham City have ┬áseven points on the board from 13 games so far this season. Bristol City’s victory at Birmingham City last time out resulted in them climbing the league table to 10th and they now have nine points on the board.

FA Women’s Super League Full-Time have been looking at the three clubs’ performances in depth and we can now share some facts and figures on the trio’s respective campaigns.

Bristol City are the top scorers of the three clubs with nine goals, an average of 0.64 goals per game. They’ve averaged exactly a goal per game on their travels this season but have a dismal average of 0.17 goals per game at home, that is significantly worse than Birmingham City (0.50 goals per game) and Liverpool (0.83 goals per game). Tanya Oxtoby’s side have scored in seven of their 14 games which is a better record than their two fellow strugglers.

The Robins are at their most dangerous during the last 15 minutes of a half. In total, 66.6% of their goals have been scored in either the 30th to 45th minute or 75th to 90th minute. Both of their winning goals this season came in those periods. The average time in which Bristol City score their first goal in a Barclays FA Women’s Super League match is the 43rd minute which is later than relegation rivals Birmingham City and Liverpool.

At the other end of the pitch, The Robins have the worst goals conceded per game average of 2.71 goals per game but they have kept three clean sheets, that is one more than Birmingham City and two more than Liverpool. Bristol City also have the unwanted record of the largest margin of defeat (10 goals).

Birmingham City are the lowest scorers with just five goals in 13 games, an average of 0.38 goals per game. In the games which the Blues have found the net, they have generally got off to a rapid start with 40% of their goals coming in the first 15 minutes of matches and 60% within the first half an hour. When scoring on their travels, the average time of their first goal is five minutes, a timing which is 37 minutes quicker than Liverpool and 39 minutes ahead of Bristol City. Birmingham City are the only club in the bottom three to have won a game by a two-goal margin.

The statistic which does make grim reading for the Blues is that they have failed to score in 10 of their 13 matches, something which really must improve when football returns.

In terms of goals conceded, the average time in which the Birmingham City goal has first been breached at home is the 38th minute which is later than the records held by Bristol City (21st minute) and Liverpool (25th minute).

Like Birmingham City, Liverpool have been the most dangerous early on in matches with 37.5% of their goals coming in the first 15 minutes. Scoring early hasn’t been a good omen though, The Reds have just one win to their name. Vicky Jepson’s side have failed to score in just two of their six home games, which is better than Bristol City who have netted just once at home all season and Birmingham City who have fired blanks in four of their six games at the Stadium. Liverpool’s average time of scoring their first goal is the 42nd minute, which is bizarrely the same time for finding the back of the net for the first time both at home and away.

Liverpool have conceded 20 goals in total this season which is better than Bristol City (38) and Birmingham City (23). Jepson’s side have been the toughest of the three relegation rivals to break down on their travels with The Reds conceding their first goal in the 33rd minute on average, Bristol City’s average away from home is the 28th minute and Birmingham City’s average is one minute earlier. Liverpool are the only one of the three clubs not to have lost by more than two goals this season.

There are hopes for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League to return behind-closed-doors once the threat of the Coronavirus has receded to allow clubs to complete their campaigns, however, this option is dependent upon whether the safety of all parties can be assured. If the league cannot be completed, it may be that no club is relegated this season depending on whether The Football Association opt to declare the competition void.


Statistics: Soccerway

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