EFL Stats Gallery: xG, passing zones, xT timelines and more from Fulham vs Reading

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Saturday night kickoff at Craven Cottage in the EFL Championship saw Fulham being stunned by Reading in a 1-2 defeat.

We’ve broken down all the key stats for you to digest, including;

* shot maps

* xT (expected threat)

* pass networks

* xG timelines

* defensive duels

* average positions and much more!

We also try to answer some questions for you with the visuals:

Why were Fulham unable to score more after such a dominant performance? Who had the most xT for Reading?

To navigate the stats gallery simply click on the numbers to move through the pages.

At the end of the gallery, you’ll be able to download the full PDF stats report.

Fulham took the centre stage in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Aleksandar Mitrovic as the lone forward supported by Harry Wilson, Ivan Cavaleiro and Bobby De Cordova-Reid.

Fulham with a very high defensive line with only their centre-backs in their own half near the centre circle. Other players played predominantly in the opposition half stretched out throughout the pitch.

Reading also started with a 4-2-3-1 formation with striker Junior Hoilett upfront.

Reading played the majority of the match in their own half with a low block trying to hit Fulham on the counter.

Fulham had a total of 26 shots with an xG of 3.51 and still failed to score more than one goal. Reading, however had only eight shots with an xG of 0.78 and four shots on target.

Fulham dominated most of the possession while Reading had to do most of the defensive work.

Aleksandar Mitrovic had the highest xG(1.59) in the match with eight shots attempted. Ovie Ejaria had the highest xG (0.40) for Reading and scored a brace.

Tim Ream had the most final third passes (21).

Fulham had most of their shots inside the box, scoring from there late in the game. Most of the shots were saved by the goalkeeper. The shots from distance did not trouble the keeper much and were off target.

Reading had four shots on target, all inside the box. Two of them were saved while two of them ended in the back of the net.

Fulham dominated the whole game but failed to score as they were not clinical in front of the goal.

Fulham had 63% of ball possession. They tried to build mostly from the back with Adarabioyo attempting the most passes(94) and also receiving the most (76).

Reading spent most of the game chasing the ball with just 37% ball possession. John Swift played the most passes(37) and received the most passes in return(28).

Fulham tried playing most of their passes in the left side of midfield near the centre. They attempted five smart passes, two of them were successful. They played crosses from both the flanks equally with Ivan Cavaleiro playing 12 crosses.

Reading played the majority of the passes on the left flank near midfield. They attempted five smart passes, all of them were unsuccessful. Reading managed just two crosses throughout the match.

The highest xT creation zones for the home side were near the left-wing and right-wing. Adarabioyo was the most efficient passer with 95.56% accuracy.

Ivan Cavaleiro had both the highest xT from passes(1.99) and dribbles(0.141).

The visitors were the most threatening on the left flank. Michael Morrison had the highest passing accuracy of 89.66%.

Alen Halilovic had the most xT from passes(0.23) while Ovie Ejaria led the charts for dribbles(0.039).

Fulham were not impressive in terms of defensive duels. Denis Odoi and Jean Michael Seri were unimpressive.

Fulham were strong in the air winning the majority of their aerial duels. Adarabioyo won seven duels .

Fulham lost the majority of their 50-50 balls. Mitrovic and Wilson were unimpressive.

Reading were poor in defensive duels with Halilovic losing out on 12 occasions.

They were no better in aerial duels. Hoilett and Drinkwater were really poor in the air.

Reading were great at loose ball recoveries with Michael Morrison and Danny Drinkwater coming out on top in every duel.

Reading would be extremely pleased with the performance they put forward against a stronger Fulham side away from home while the hosts will look into certain areas to improve after the match, they were dominant all over the pitch but very less clinical in the box.

If you want to download the stats in PDF format you can do it here: EFL Championship Stats: Fulham vs Reading

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