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NEWS: OptaPro to support @BirkbeckBEI with football analytics module on the Sport Management and the Business of Fo… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 18 hours ago

BLOG: With @J_League resuming following the World Cup, OptaPro takes a closer look at the key standout performers s… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 18 Jul

‘The state of soccer technology and innovation’ – this insightful @SportTechie series with a range of practitioners… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 17 Jul

#ThreeAtTheBack - The OptaPro podcast explores how analysts at international federations approach major tournaments… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 11 Jul

NEWS: OptaPro is attending @simai2018 in Rome today, delivering a presentation on the application of data models &… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 4 Jul

BLOG: Ahead of tonight’s T20 international, OptaPro have looked into the potential tactics which could influence th… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 3 Jul

This @SportTechie article discusses how access to technology and data in the dugout may influence decision-making a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 3 Jul

A data-driven analysis of Mexico with a focus on their performances in the #WorldCup group stages. Counter. optasportspro.com/about/optapro-… 2 Jul

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BLOG: Intentional assists and shooting in the Premier League

Johannes Harkins provides an in-depth analysis of intentionally assisted shots in the Premier League.
Posted by Johannes Harkins at 00:00

BLOG: OptaPro Forum: Attacking free-kicks: cross or shot?

Daniel Barnett converts his OptaPro Forum presentation on attacking free-kicks into a blog post.
Posted by Daniel Barnett 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: 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: Manchester United - Shooting above the norm

Why are Manchester United scoring more goals than everyone else?
Posted by Sam Green at 14:22