Wanderers should currently be second in the League One table, according to expected goals statistics.

The Whites have had a promising start to the new campaign and are in fifth place despite a tricky start on paper.

Ian Evatt’s men have already racked up wins against the likes of Wycombe Wanderers, Charlton Athletic and MK Dons.

Their only defeats came against Sheffield Wednesday and Plymouth Argyle either side of frustrating week.

But things could be even better for Wanderers heading into the international break, according to data analyst xG Data on Twitter.

Expected goals are calculated based on the number of chances each side creates and concedes per game, as well as the quality of those opportunities.

In general terms, this means that if a team is outperforming their figures, they are usually clinical in the final third. And if they are underperforming, it suggests they have been wasteful in front of goal.

Only Portsmouth have had a better start than the Whites in terms of expected goals, according to the hypothetical table.

The data suggests that leaders Ipswich Town should actually be in fifth place based on the chances they have created and conceded.

It also claims that 19th-placed Oxford United should currently be in the top six based on the quality of chances created.

The table also has Accrington Stanley in seventh, which is 10 places higher than the Reds’ current position.

Meanwhile, MK Dons – who finished third last term and narrowly missed out on automatic promotion to the Championship – have had the second-worst start according to the data, behind only Morecambe.

Here is a full list of the League One table based on expected goals statistics

1. Portsmouth (16.7 pts)

2. Wanderers (15.9 pts)

3. Oxford (15.7 pts)

4. Sheff Wednesday (15.3 pts)

5. Ipswich (14.8 pts)

6. Derby (14.0 pts)

7. Accrington (13.6 pts)

8. Port Vale (13.5 pts)

9. Plymouth (13.4 pts)

10. Exeter (13.4 pts)

11. Barnsley (13.0 pts)

12. Charlton (12.9 pts)

13. Peterborough (12.6 pts)

14. Burton (12.6 pts)

15. Shrewsbury (12.6 pts)

16. Fleetwood (12.3 pts)

17. Wycombe (11.3 pts)

18. Cambridge (11.3 pts)

19. Bristol Rovers (11.1 pts)

20. Forest Green (10.2 pts)

21. Cheltenham (9.8 pts)

22. Lincoln (9.1 pts)

23. MK Dons (8.8 pts)

24. Morecambe (7.8 pts)