With the new EFL season starting next week, all eyes are glued on the opening day and beyond. But before it kicks off once again, it’s time to look back at what #SeasonStats stood out from the last campaign.
Jack Marriott - who signed for Derby County earlier this week - was the individual top scorer across the EFL for Peterborough United with 27 goals, but which teams flourished across the board, and who preferred staying at home or hitting the road? Let’s have a look…
The home statistics were dominated by the best in League Two, as champions Accrington Stanley and runners-up Luton Town both recorded 17 wins on their own turf.
Stanley and the Hatters were closely followed by the Sky Bet Championship’s one-two, with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City bagging three points on home soil on 16 occasions.
League One’s promoted sides via the automatic spot and Play-Offs, Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United respectively, both joined Exeter City on 15 wins as four different clubs notched 14.
Stanley also led the way for home points recorded with 54, with Wolves and Luton recording 53, and the Bluebirds and the Rovers the only other clubs registering more than 50.
However, it was Nathan Jones’ Luton who scored the most goals in front of their own fans. They found the net on 62 occasions at Kenilworth Road, 15 more than Wolves who were the second-highest home scorers.
Unlike Bradford City in 2016/17, no team managed to remain unbeaten at home all season, however Wolves, Aston Villa, Fulham, Blackburn, Wigan Athletic and Notts County all came closest with just two losses.
League One champions Wigan Athletic certainly did their business on the road. The Latics topped the #SeasonStats standings in all four away categories.
Paul Cook orchestrated 16 wins out of 23 matches on their travels, with Wolves coming closest to this tally thanks to 14 three-point hauls. Blackburn finished third in this table ahead of 10 other sides in double figures.
Five other teams joined Wigan with the fewest defeats away from home. Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe United and Wycombe Wanderers recorded just four losses alongside Blackburn and Luton.
The Latics topped the away goals standings by a country mile. They netted 52 times with no other team registering over 40. Fulham, Swindon Town and Scunthorpe netted 39, 38 and 37 respectively.
In total, Wolves took 46 points from opposition territory whilst Blackburn pocketed 45. However, Wigan’s 51 made them the only team to break the half-century mark.
Wolves topped the cumulative EFL table with 99 points, followed by Wigan on 98 and Blackburn on 96.
Wigan and Luton were the outstanding high-flyers on goal difference however, with the Latics on +60 and the Hatters on +48.
These two clubs also unsurprisingly scored the most goals. Luton notched an incredible 94, with 65% of them scored at home, while 58% of Wigan’s 89 goals were netted on the road.
Morecambe were the EFL’s draw specialists last season, sharing the spoils on 19 occasions, with Rochdale and Mansfield Town in close second on 18.
Wigan and Blackburn lost the fewest games out of the 72 clubs all season; they faced defeat in only six of their fixtures.
And amidst their prolific form in front of their opponent’s goal, Wigan also had the most stubborn defence, conceding just 29 times, 10 less than the next best.
Finally, and unsurprisingly, it was the three EFL champions that topped the charts for most wins. Wolves bagged 30 triumphs while Wigan and Accrington recorded 29, with the latter’s win tally adding up to 87 of the side’s 93 points.