West Ham have had a funny up and down season. A devastating injury crisis during a tough run of the schedule caused West Ham’s shots numbers to decline dramatically. That terrible decline in shots +/- wasn’t helped by a dip in PDO and all of this information led to a collapse in West ham’s points form.
Here is that story in 4 graphs:
Three sections here.
First 13 games: West Ham had a shots plus/minus of 0 at Total, -1 at tied and +6 at Close.
Games 14 to 23: West Ham went -149 at Total, -99 at Tied and -125 at Close.
Games 24 to 33: West ham went -84 at Total, -6 at Tied and -42 at Close.
That is three distinct sections of performance which were driven by injury, non-injury and probably some schedule quirks. First section is pretty good and a ~50% shots team. Second section is abysmal. Third section is driven by some score effects with West ham spending some time winning and likely sitting off against certain opponents.
A gradual dip and then recovery but not much here to focus on.
From game week 12 to about game week 24 West ham were just beasted by a severe injury crisis which had a pretty big effect on their ability to control games and outshoot the opposition. West Ham’s injury crisis fits somewhat with that middle section of terrible shots performance that we see in Graph 1.
Add all this information together and we likely understand West Ham’s Points progress and its quirks a little better than we did before: