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A showcase of some of the best data analysis from across the web.

.@TiagoEstv uses Opta data in this article for @StatsBomb, in which he assesses upcoming prospects in @ligaportugaltwitter.com/i/web/status/9… 11 Dec

OptaPro's data scientist @Worville will be speaking at the 'Getting your Data skills noticed - Data Science and Vis… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 6 Dec

.@EuanDewar uses Opta data to dissect and discuss Atlético Madrid’s attack this season. bit.ly/1Hnj29V. Ailing. 4 Dec

.@jair1970 writes a 12-game Premier League shot analysis, focusing on teams’ performances in relation to previous s… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 27 Nov

.@OptaPro will host a panel tomorrow at #SAC17 with @soccerquant, Ben Stevens (@CPFC head of performance analysis)… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 23 Nov

.@EuanDewar and @EveryTeam_Mark co-author this data-driven article that explores Manchester City's impressive start… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 23 Nov

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

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An identikit for shot selection

Garry Gelade develops quantitative descriptions of shooting locations and uses this information to classify and compare different players.

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Explaining and training shot quality

Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) discusses shot quality and influencing a player's decision-making in his latest StatsBomb article.

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Converting dangerous passes into shots

Writing for StatsBomb, Dustin Ward (@SaturdayOnCouch) analyses how frequently teams generate shots from passes into dangerous areas.

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When to park the bus in MLS

Building on Garry Gelade’s ‘Goals change games’ work, Kevin Minkus analyses approaches to shooting and if there is a right time for a team to maintain a lead by ‘parking the bus’.

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Game state and shooting rates

Garry Gelade develops his OptaPro Analytics Forum research with further analysis on game state and shooting rates, this time exploring the additional influence of time.

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Analytics, changing the way we interact with football

<a href="www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/soccer-analytics-premier-league/"></a>Now that analytics is just starting to gain some mainstream attention in the soccer world it inevitably has its detractors, and with detractors comes misinformation and misunderstanding. So it is important to answer the questions of what soccer analytics is and how should it be used?

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Shot quality, shot quantity and tactics

Daniel Altman, founder of North Yard Analytics, tests some assumptions as he analyses tactics behind approaches to shooting.

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The importance of checking the tape

Writing for 21st Club, Richard Whittall’s article discusses luck and finishing in football.

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Goals that matter

Michael Caley explains Arsenal’s recent form with an emphasis on goal expectancy and game state.

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The Patterns of Penalties

A brilliant interactive penalty visualisation from the Wall Street Journal, using Opta data.

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Penalty Kicks: Is guessing a sucker’s bet?

Blogger and 'keeper specialist 'Shut-out University' looks at penalties from the GK's perspective, and asks whether there are better ways to analyse a their performances.

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MLS Goal of the Year Dashboard

Steve Fenn uses Tableau, MLS goal footage and Opta shooting data to create a great interactive goal visualistaion tool.

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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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How to scout goal scoring talent?

A step by step guide to using shooting analytics to effectively assess goal scorers.

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Is David Beckham MLS' top free-kick taker since 2011?

Devin Pleuler extends his free-kick research to MLS and examines David Beckham's true direct free-kick ability.

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A Shots Dominance comparison: smaller versus larger leagues.

One Man Club compare shooting across different leagues.

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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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Shot Matrix V: Identifying player shooting skill

'MC of A' continues his work on goal-scoring, by looking at how to assign 'skill' to individual players.

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Score Effects

Ben Pugsley breaks down how scoring goals potentially alters teams' in-game strategy.

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The historical importance of shot dominance

One Man Club looks at how using Shot Dominance can point to teams that will struggle over a season.

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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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CourtVision: The revenge of Monta Ellis

Great basketball analysis from Kirk Goldsberry, with definite implications for football/rugby analytics.

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How repeatable are shots on target?

James Grayson looks further into separating skill and luck when shooting at goal.

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