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OptaPro is attending two industry conferences this week. Today @BenMackriell is in London for the #Leaders18 Sport… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 13 hours ago

JOB: Leicester City is recruiting a Head of Football Analytics. The deadline for applications is Friday 30th Novemb… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 9 Nov

Inside @gloucesterrugby – OptaPro gets behind-the-scenes insights from the Premiership club’s performance analysis… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 9 Nov

4.9 – the xG overperformance of Serie A top scorer Krzysztof Piątek this season. The Polish striker is also the 2nd… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 9 Nov

JOBS: Positions in the data science team at OptaPro are available. Location is flexible (Perform Content has office… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 8 Nov

Heracles have adapted their playing style in @eredivisie this season, which has resulted in an increase in attackin… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 3 Nov

BLOG: Following their strong start to the @eredivisie season, OptaPro evaluates how Heracles have adapted their pla… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 2 Nov

In this @BBCSport feature, Scottish Rugby’s lead performance analyst @gavinvaughan1 provides an insight into opposi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 31 Oct

In this article for @SkySports, @ghostgoal applies Opta data and the sequence framework to provide a detailed analy… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 30 Oct

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WWC BLOG: Abby Wambach & the USWNT's long-ball problem

Originally posted on MLSsoccer.com, Devin Pleuler analyses the USWNT's style of play.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 00:00

BLOG: Assessing the use of game state in predictive models

The data shows that whether a team is winning or losing affects the shots they take, but should game state be included in predictive models?
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 13:00

BLOG: Throwing the Kitchen Sink. Efficiency of Half-Time substitutions.

How effective are half-time substitutions?
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 16:32

BLOG: On the topic of Expected Goals and the repeatability of finishing skill

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion in the soccer analytics community around Expected Goals and it's repeatability. Public research in this area has perhaps been the most exciting development the community has had in recent times and in this post we attempt to summarize the crux of the arguments being made and provide an alternative direction to previous research.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 10:49

BLOG: Augmenting free-kick data for more meaningful results

Why free-kick success doesn't tell the whole story: avoiding the pitfalls of a small sample size.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 16:36