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

Thank you to everyone who attended #OptaProSoccer yesterday. Talks from the event will soon be available. Presentations. 18 Jan

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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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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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Building a Simple Spatial Analytic: Passing Lane Coverage

@Squared2020 shows how a simple & insightful metric can be built to run live using tracking data

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Under pressure

Writing for StatsBomb, Will Gürpinar-Morgan applies a pass probability model to assess the difficulty in completing a pass and compares this to passing outcomes at team level.

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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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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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