You can’t score if you don’t have the ball, right? It’s a common saying and one which we hear all of the time. However, possession is only a bonus if you know what to do with the ball and teams who see lots of the ball are not necessarily those who are leading the way in the division.
In fact, the team who enjoy the most possession on average, 55.5% across their fixtures, are struggling MK Dons. If they had a plan when they did hve the ball, they’d be dangerous. Championship contenders Oxford are next with 55.4%, before the stumbling pair of Sunderland (54%) and Ipswich (54.8%). Rochdale, below us in the table, see the fifth-most amount of possession in their games with 53.9%.
The Imps sit in the middle of this table, 13th to be precise, with 49.2% of possession during games. Whilst having the ball seems to be only part of the battle in terms of promotion, there’s little surprise in those who do not have it. Nine of the ten teams with the least possession are either below us or around us, with only Wycombe having little possession and mounting a serious promotion challenge. Shockingly, the Chairboys only have the ball 41.7% of the time during their league games, almost 3% less than the next side, Wimbledon.