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The latest #ThreeAtTheBack episode outlines further information on @scout7football becoming part of OptaPro.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 17 Nov

Following the acquisition, the #ThreeAtTheBack pod discusses this in further detail, along with a conversation on c… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 17 Nov

.@GregorydSam shares his thoughts and experiences on breaking into the sports analytics industry. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Career. 6 Nov

OptaPro will be at @Leaders_Insight next week. Get in touch if you’d like to meet at the event. Conference. twitter.com/Leaders_Insigh… 3 Nov

BLOG: @GregorydSam explores crediting players for their involvement in dangerous sequences. bit.ly/2yjIErVtwitter.com/i/web/status/9… 1 Nov

BLOG: @GregorydSam discusses quantifying player involvement in build-up play beyond traditional statistics.… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 1 Nov

Head of performance analysis Joe Carnall leads a behind-the-scenes tour with the #DCFC analysis team. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Rams. 31 Oct

‘AMA’ with @bencfalk, former VP of basketball strategy for the Sixers & former Blazers analytics manager. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Glass. 26 Oct

.@devinpleuler presents at #NESSIS on style of play and providing data driven tactical insight. Cluster. youtube.com/watch?v=Az0ZwC… 23 Oct

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Likelihood and the way humans think

An archive blog post by Vic Ferrari, ostensibly about the NHL. However, the crux of the article can easily be applied when analysing human performance in any environment. One of the best descriptions of the dilemma facing sports data analysts ever written.

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Art of crossing can still count in an age of crowded penalty areas

In an article for the Guardian, Sean Ingle provides a written analysis of Garry Gelade’s OptaPro Analytics Forum presentation on crossing.

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How Arsenal and Arsène Wenger bought into analytics

Writing for the New York Times, Rory Smith discusses how data-led analysis was introduced at Arsenal Football Club.

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Swansea 3 – Arsenal 2: A detailed analysis

Dan Barnett uses Opta data to analyse Swansea's famous victory over Aresenal from last season.

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Understanding the rugby analysts

Planet Rugby speaks with five different analysts from the game - George Murray (Munster), Nathan Swarbrick (Doncaster Knights), Elliot Corcoran (Pau), Niall Malone (Ulster), and Cathal Garvey (Australia) - discussing their roles, challenges and processes within the sport.

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Is there a hole in Mesut Özil?

Writing for StatsBomb, James Yorke provides an in-depth statistical analysis exploring Mesut Özil’s creativity and underlying performance.

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