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Ahead of Wednesday’s #OptaProForum, here is a reminder of the selected presentations. bit.ly/1SuQZLh. Line-up. 8 Feb

. @BenMackriell joins OptaPro as new head of professional football. bit.ly/1QXlGZq. Interview. 3 Feb

A short interview with @BenMackriell – OptaPro’s new head of professional football. bit.ly/1QXlGZq. Welcome. 2 Feb

. @GarryGelade analyses qualitative text-based scouting assessments for @scout7football. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Wordsmith. 2 Feb

#OptaProForum – the guest speaker for the 2016 event is @DeanO_Lytics. bit.ly/1nnh0Qx. Headliner. 27 Jan

. @DeanO_Lytics to deliver guest talk at next month’s #OptaProForum. bit.ly/1nnh0Qx. Announcement. 27 Jan

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The value of analysing qualitative text-based scouting assessments

Writing on the Scout7 website, Garry Gelade provides a thorough analysis of text-based scouting reports.

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Planet Fútbol podcast

Daniel Altman (@NYASoccer) contributes to the Sports Illustrated Planet Fútbol podcast, discussing his take on using analytics to evaluate goalkeepers.

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Will Wales miss the expertise of their departing analyst?

Alex Bywater (@_AlexBywater) of WalesOnline discusses the importance of outgoing analyst Rhys Long's work with the international rugby union side.

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Contrasting fortunes of Chelsea and Leicester explained

Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) writes for the official Premier League website, applying Opta's expected goals metric to analyse the performances of Chelsea and Leicester over the past 18 months.

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Bundesliga at the break: Bayern and Dortmund

Dustin Ward (@SaturdayOnCouch), writing for StatsBomb provides unique insight into the performances of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund this season.

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Premier League half season data review

James Yorke, writing for StatsBomb, provides an in-depth review to the first half of the Premier League season.

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