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.@OptaPro will host a panel tomorrow at #SAC17 with @soccerquant, Ben Stevens (@CPFC head of performance analysis)… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 16 hours ago

.@EuanDewar and @EveryTeam_Mark co-author this data-driven article that explores Manchester City's impressive start… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 21 hours ago

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

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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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Premier League defensive profiles

Mark Taylor uses Opta data to analyse defensive actions, exploring where on the pitch teams and players are making these actions.

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StatsBomb 2017/18 season previews

A host of analysts have contributed to the in-depth statistical team previews ahead of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

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How Arsenal can stop Costa from repeat show

The Premier League have published an article using Opta Data Scientist Tom Worville's 'carries' metric to assess how Arsenal (and every other Premier League team) can combat Diego Costa's attacking prowess.

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StatsBomb season previews

StatsBomb has produced a host of analytical previews ahead of the start of the 2016/17 season.

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Premier League 15/16 round-up: shots, disappointing giants and more

After its penultimate weekend, James Yorke provides a data-driven review of the Premier League season for StatsBomb.

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Lack of finishing touch harming Arsenal's title hopes

Writing for the official Premier League website, Colin Trainor (@colinttrainor) uses Expected Goals to explain Arsenal's league position at this stage of the season.

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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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12 game Premier League review

James Yorke analytically dissects performances after 12 rounds of Premier League fixtures, drawing on previous Premier League campaigns at the 12-game stage.

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Valuing possession

Will Gurpinar-Morgan offers an in-depth analysis to assess possession and dangerous passing in the Premier League.

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StatsBomb season previews

In early August StatsBomb produced a range of analytical previews ahead of the start of many European seasons.

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Expected goals in the Premier League 2014/15

Brian Prestidge uses Tableau to visualise actual goals and expected goals in last season’s Premier League.

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Better to be direct or retain possession in the Championship?

Dave Willoughby statistically compares passing styles in the Premier League and Championship.

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Premier League weekly round-up

James Yorke’s latest weekly Premier League round-up for StatsBomb focuses on Tottenham Hotspur along with relegation battlers Sunderland and Hull City.

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Premier League pass masters

Will Gurpinar-Morgan devises a metric to help identify the Premier League’s most dangerous passers.

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Premier League. Should he stay or should he go?

Paul Riley (@footballfactman) uses Expected Goals as a framework to analyse the influence and impact of Premier League managers.

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Liverpool 2014/15: Zeros to Heroes

Writing for The Tomkins Times, Dan Kennett takes an analytical approach to explain Liverpool’s recent Premier League form.

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Premier League round up: Pulis, Pardew and Southampton’s frustrations

In his weekly feature for StatsBomb, James Yorke analyses the latest round of Premier League fixtures.

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Premier League race could tip in City’s favour

Sam Gregory, writing for Sportsnet, explores what may separate Chelsea and Manchester City in May as the two sides compete for the Premier League title.

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Trio of Premier League assist kings have great expectations

Detailed Opta data shows Fabregas, Di Maria and Tadic merit the most assists of all Premier League players.

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The importance of attacking speed and the quickest attacking team in EPL

Colin Trainor uses detailed Opta data to analyse how quickly Premier League teams attack.

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Why the best scoring margin doesn’t guarantee a championship in European soccer

Opta data is used in an article on FiveThirtyEight.com, that looks at how teams perform in the league relative to the number of goals they score.

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Liverpool: An analytical look at 2013/14 – a missed opportunity?

Colin Trainor with an analytical review of Liverpool's season.

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Passing impact and David Silva

Alex Olshansky looks for a way to better understand which PL players are better at creating chances.

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Wayne Rooney – A Perfect 10? Part One

Paul Riley focuses on players 'in the hole'.

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Why a healthy Agüero could mean the title for City

Johannes Harkins uses some great visualisations to show the importance of Sergio Agüero to Man City's title bid.

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The reason West Ham could go down

The prolific Colin Trainor uses his Goal Expectation model to draw conclusions about West Ham's poor performances.

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Mythbusting: Downing creates poor chances

Colin Trainor looks at whether the West Ham winger really deserves his reputation for being ineffective.

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Thinking inside the box

Using shooting rates from inside the penalty box to assess team performance.

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Shot Matrix III: The Incredible Through-Ball

Qualifying expected goal rates by looking further at how the shot was created.

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Mythbusting: Christian Eriksen vs Newcastle

Ted Knutson looks at Christian Eriksen's performance v Newcastle, with a particular focus on the Key Passes metric.

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Assessing key passes

Colin Trainor extracts greater meaning from the Key Passes metric.

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Hugo Lloris ‘is Bearings

Paul Riley delves further into comprehensive goalkeeping analysis, focusing on Hugo Lloris.

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