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The Sky Bet Championship season has been suspended until April 4 with europa league predictions being played across Europe.
It creates a brief stoppage to the battle for the Premier League in England's second tier with a number of teams still holding an opportunity to secure promotion.
There have been a number of stand-out performers throughout the campaign who have played a significant part in helping their side reach their current position.
Throughout the coming weeks, Tom Carnduff will look at the best performing players in each position; aiming lớn find those who have excelled in the areas that matter most.
But who takes the accolade of being the Championship's best goalkeeper? We dissect the main numbers. You can prefer the soccer betting tips page!
Expected Goals is a measurement that continues to divide opinion in football but it's useful here to measure the quality of goal-scoring chances against saves made by the goalkeeper.
If a team's xGA is higher it means that they are facing higher quality chances. Luton on 66.5, Charlton on 63.6 and Bristol City on 62.5 lead the division when it comes to this area.
The above video demonstrates the importance of this statistic in the right context. Reading won the game 2-1 but the result could have been completely different had it not been for Rafael's triple save.
All chances on goal carry a rating of 0.0 lớn 1.0 and two of the three shots Fulham had there both carried a rating between 0.7 lớn 0.8 (Knockaert and Decordova-Reid's latter two efforts). They were expected to put away both chances, not just one of them, but the goalkeeper's heroics denied them a goal and victory.
Reading have outperformed their Expected Goals Against significantly this season. They've conceded 42 but the xGA figure stands at 55.2 - a difference of 13.2. The Royals have drawn nine games and won four by a single-goal margin; the importance of a strong goalkeeper and fine margins on display in the standings.
Derby have divided their goalkeeping duties virtually 50/50 between Kelle Roos and Ben Hamer during the course of the campaign but both have combined lớn help the Rams' back line.
Phillip Cocu's side have an xGA of 59.0, the fifth-highest in the division, but have only conceded 49 goals - a difference of 10.
Charlton's Phillips leads the way when it comes to total shots and that's crucial considering they've outperformed their xGA by a margin of 9.6.
Bentley at Bristol City and Woodman at Swansea are the other two to have helped their side beat their xGA by a total of 9.0 or more.