One of the notable features of Bundesliga play this season has been the relatively high goal to shot ratio in the league. This raises the question of which teams contribute to this trend, and which teams are underperforming. I also thought it might be interesting to look at the other shot ratios to see if we can pick up differences across teams in their patterns of accuracy and efficiency.
So here are the goal and shot ratios in the Bundesliga as of Oct.18, rank ordered by teams' goal to shot ratio.
We see that Wolfsburg, Mainz, and Hoffenheim lead the pack in terms of goal to shot ratios at close to .2. And surprisingly, Bayern Munich brings up the rear at well below .1. If you take a look at the maroon bars, you'll see at least one explanation for Mainz's magical season, and Bayern and Koeln's dismal campaigns so far: it's all about conversion! While Bayern and Cologne are generating reasonable accuracy ratios, they are not converting as well as they need to. Their conversion rates less than half of Mainz (at >.4).
The data also show that Freiburg's success so far this year is in large part a function of conversion efficiency, not accuracy. In contrast, Moenchengladbach's accuracy is up there with the best of the league at about the same level as Mainz, but their conversion rates are more lower. Let's see if Mainz can hold on, and whether Bayern, Koeln, and Gladbach can bring up their efficiency rates.
Finally, perhaps the most puzzling data points have to do with Schalke's performance. They shouldn't be where they are in the league table; and yet they are. I'm sure Felix Magath would like to know why, too!