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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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The Numbers Game: Which teams are the worst travellers?

As England head out to Sri Lanka to continue their defence of the No.1 test ranking, S Rajesh's analytical discussion of how teams from outside Asia have fared in the subcontinent on Cricinfo makes for essential reading.

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Opta Spotlight: New York Red Bulls

Each week, MLSsoccer.com and Opta highlights one aspect or trend from that weekend’s action using analytics and events during the match to explain what forces are at play and how they pertain to the big picture. This week's feature focuses on New York Red Bulls and their attacking talent's ability in front of goal.

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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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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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Interview with an MLS analyst

ESPN interview with New York Red Bulls analyst David Lee, discussing the differences between attitudes to sports analytics in the USA and UK and what his role entails.

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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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