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A showcase of some of the best data analysis from across the web.

(In Italian) An introduction and explanation of the Expected Goals metric. Qualità. twitter.com/OptaPaolo/stat… 9 hours ago

In an @ESPNcricinfo article, @ajarrodkimber discusses the increasing influence of data in T20 cricket. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Chess. 11 hours ago

OptaPro will again be attending the 2017 @TournoiToulon, taking place from 29th May until 10th June. bit.ly/2qkxslV. Future. 24 May

.@EveryTeam_Mark shares a list of some of the most popular analytical articles from this past season. bit.ly/1iYMiem. Survey. 22 May

Scunthorpe United’s @HarryJamieson_ discusses his role with @footballfactman on the Different Game podcast. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Iron. 18 May

This episode of #ThreeAtTheBack discusses the perception, application & evolution of performance data.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 13 May

This episode is hosted by @ryanbahia and features @BenMackriell & @simonjfarrant, who makes his first… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 12 May

PODCAST: This episode of #ThreeAtTheBack focuses on the progression of applied data over the past 5 years.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 12 May

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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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Is Tony Pulis' so-called Pulisball the most effective way for West Brom?

Adam Bate from SkySports analyses Tony Pulis' effectiveness at West Brom using Neil Charles' OptaPro Forum presentation.

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Identifying and assessing team-level strategies: 2017 OptaPro Forum Presentation

Will Gürpinar-Morgan provides a write-up of his OptaPro Analytics Forum presentation, in which some key findings are discussed.

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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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Lucy Rushton Q&A: The role of analytics in building Atlanta United FC

Speaking with ESPNFC, Lucy Rushton, Head of Technical Recruitment and Performance Analysis at Atlanta United, discusses using data to build a team from scratch, adjusting to a manger’s philosophy and also compares differences in the USA and UK.

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Art of crossing can still count in an age of crowded penalty areas

In an article for the Guardian, Sean Ingle provides a written analysis of Garry Gelade’s OptaPro Analytics Forum presentation on crossing.

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