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

VACANCY: Norwich City are recruiting a senior first team performance analyst. bit.ly/2K3lgkz. Canary. #ncfc 20 Apr

GUEST BLOG: @GarryGelade showcases a new data-driven approach to inform how we evaluate players in 1v1 situations.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 18 Apr

The latest episode of Three At The Back sees @Wolves Sporting Director Kevin Thelwell discuss his role in detail, s… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 17 Apr

PODCAST: #WWFC Sporting Director Kevin Thelwell is the guest on this latest episode of #ThreeAtTheBack.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 16 Apr

WATCH: @thewonderofmu delivers an #OptaProForum presentation analysing how teams concede chances.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 12 Apr

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Did Manchester City just run out of luck?

At the time of writing, Manchester City have turned a two point lead at the summit of the EPL into an eight point deficit in the space of a month. There have been many theories from various commentators that speculate how this occurred, many of which focus on perceived off-field problems. However, Chris Anderson (on his brilliant Soccer By The Numbers blog) uses data to argue that, unfortunately for City, their luck simply changed.

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Getting into sports analytics

OptaPro data scientist Sam Gregory discusses his thoughts and personal experience on breaking into the sports analytics industry.

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Behind the scenes with the Derby County analysis team

Head of performance analysis Joe Carnall leads this video tour that goes behind the scenes with the performance analysis team at Derby County Football Club.

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New way of visualising the beautiful game

MLS.com's Central Winger article has developed a new way of displaying Opta passing data. Devin Pleuler has analysed passing trends from a selected MLS game last weekend to demonstrate a new way of showing how the two teams performed.

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Q&A with Ben Falk, former VP of Basketball Strategy for the Sixers & Basketball Analytics Manager for the Blazers

Hosted on Reddit, this AMA with Ben Falk covers a host of issues across applying data and analytics in an elite sport environment, as well as offering advice to those looking to enter the industry.

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NESSIS talk by Devin Pleuler

The Toronto FC Manager of Analytics delivers a presentation at the New England Symposium, focusing on opposition analysis and providing data driven tactical insight.

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