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

Expected goal leaderboards – a roundup from the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 25 Apr

Keith Lyons (@520507) shares a comprehensive resource outlining previous work on expected goals. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Literature. 22 Apr

.@CIES_Football’s interactive digital atlas visualises squad data throughout Europe. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Comparison. 21 Apr

.@jair1970 applies a data-led analysis to dissect Tottenham’s performances over the past two seasons. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Contenders. 20 Apr

.@GregorydSam examines how conversion rates are assessed. Sample. twitter.com/OptaPro/status… 18 Apr

BLOG: @GregorydSam uses conversion rates to analyse how we assess finishing ability. bit.ly/2pcKJha. Assumption. 14 Apr

BLOG: @GregorydSam discusses how we assess finishing skill. bit.ly/2pcKJha. Bayesian. https://t.co/PuDnYmNddj 13 Apr

Dennis Lock, @MiamiDolphins Head of Analytics, discusses how data has been integrated within the franchise. Open. youtube.com/watch?v=xgSsI5… 7 Apr

FILM – Dennis Lock, Head of Analytics at @MiamiDolphins, delivers the guest talk at the #OptaProForum. Keynote. youtube.com/watch?v=xgSsI5… 7 Apr

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Northants' T20 nous a tribute to Moneyball approach

ESPNCricinfo provides an in-depth overview of Northants’ statistical approach to approaching T20 cricket in contrast to different forms of the game.

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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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Double Pivot Podcast

This episode of Double Pivot (@DoublePivotPod), a podcast hosted by Michael Caley and Mike Goodman, includes an in-depth analysis on quantifying defensive style and performance.

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Forget everything you think you know about goal kicks

Jared Young, writing for American Soccer Analysis, offers an in-depth analysis of whether long goal kicks are beneficial in Major League Soccer.

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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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Measuring dribbling skill

Nils Mackay draws on Tom Worville’s OptaPro analysis on ‘Carries’ in this latest article looking at ball progression.

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