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VACANCY: Recruitment data analyst position available at @NorwichCityFC. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Canary. 17 Aug

Ahead of the Premier League season, @StatsBomb have again published a host of analytical team previews. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Fixture. 10 Aug

FILM: Jason Lawson, head of recruitment & analysis at Reading FC, presents at the #OptaProKonferenz.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 9 Aug

PODCAST: @BenMackriell & @Worville discuss playing philosophies and how data can feed into team selection.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 3 Aug

The #ThreeAtTheBack pod explores how data is integrated within a playing philosophy and in picking a team.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 3 Aug

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Double Pivot Podcast

This episode of Double Pivot (@DoublePivotPod), a podcast hosted by Michael Caley and Mike Goodman, includes an in-depth analysis on quantifying defensive style and performance.

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Forget everything you think you know about goal kicks

Jared Young, writing for American Soccer Analysis, offers an in-depth analysis of whether long goal kicks are beneficial in Major League Soccer.

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Where do Premier League sides attack from?

Analysis of attack routes used by Premier League sides this season using Opta data via Michael Cox's excellent Zonal Marking site. By categorising each attack, this blog demonstrates how teams have a different attacking bias

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Measuring dribbling skill

Nils Mackay draws on Tom Worville’s OptaPro analysis on ‘Carries’ in this latest article looking at ball progression.

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Passing and game state

Writing for StatsBomb, Dustin Ward assesses the impact of game state on how a team passes and progresses the ball.

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How costly was the woodwork to Liverpool?

Mark Taylor returns with a new angle on how Liverpool's season was affected by the woodwork. rather than simply adding woodwork hits to Liverpool's goals tally, he attempts to establish how they would have affected the overall course of the game.

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