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PODCAST: @ryanbahia speaks with @Worville and @soccerquant on this latest episode of Three At The Back.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 10 minutes ago

BLOG: @ryanbahia assesses the 2017 #OptaProForum and discusses the future of the event. bit.ly/2kN6ukX. Review. 16 Feb

BLOG: A review of the 2017 #OptaProForum. bit.ly/2kN6ukX. Reflection. 16 Feb

.@lucyrushton12 speaks to @ESPNFC on data analysis, manager philosophies & different data cultures. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. International. 15 Feb

BLOG: The latest guest article from Neil Watson explores different game plans in rugby union.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 14 Feb

.@seaningle’s latest @guardian_sport column explores @GarryGelade’s #OptaProForum presentation on crossing. bit.ly/1iYMiem. Whip. 13 Feb

A data driven player snapshot profiling @ChelseaFC's Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian. Trio. https://t.co/fXWh1JpbPa 10 Feb

Presentations from the #OptaProForum will be posted online over the coming weeks. Film. twitter.com/dperdomomeza1/… 9 Feb

.@BenMackriell closes a really interesting day: the quality of presentations has been excellent across the board. E… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 8 Feb

.@MiamiDolphins' @LockAnalytics closing the day, discussing how he built an analytics dept. over the last 3 seasons… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 8 Feb

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Passing and game state

Writing for StatsBomb, Dustin Ward assesses the impact of game state on how a team passes and progresses the ball.

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How Everton dealt with Swansea City's passing threat

Using the Opta-powered Stats Zone app, the We Are Premier League blog analysed how Everton were able to force the Swans' creative players to drop deeper in search of the ball, thus limiting their attacking threat.

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Crosses: Lessons from Liverpool

Garry Gelade provides an in-depth analysis of crossing, focusing on Liverpool’s approach over a four-year period.

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Podcast with Rory Campbell

This Analytics FC podcast features an interview with Rory Campbell, Head of Technical Analysis at West Ham United and an OptaPro Analytics Forum judge.

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Time of possession in the EPL

Courtesy of the brilliant 'Power of Goals' blog, author Mark Taylor investigates whether the popular 'Time of Possession' statistic is actually meaningless when establishing a team's overall performance during a game.

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How Arsenal can stop Costa from repeat show

The Premier League have published an article using Opta Data Scientist Tom Worville's 'carries' metric to assess how Arsenal (and every other Premier League team) can combat Diego Costa's attacking prowess.

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