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VACANCY: Data scientist position working with OptaPro. bit.ly/1LkD2ch. Opportunity. 18 hours ago

The day rounding up with @simonjfarrant delivering the closing address. #OptaProForum https://t.co/seJKB4iZGl 10 Feb

The guest talk is delivered by NBA expert @DeanO_Lytics, discussing connection with coaching staff. #OptaProForum https://t.co/PS298VweIw 10 Feb

Final proposal-based presentation is from @Sam_Jackson94, looking at keepers' penalty-box prowess. #OptaProForum https://t.co/G0himnsIA5 10 Feb

Now we have Simon Butler, who's looking for 'Space: the final footballing frontier'. #OptaProForum https://t.co/YtlI68XNbU 10 Feb

Packed house for @MessiSeconds talk: 'An extra year of kindergarten'. #OptaProForum https://t.co/ngAle9Txxl 10 Feb

Up next, William Spearman from @Hudl using @OptaPro and Tracab data to Quantify Pitch Control. #OptaProForum https://t.co/uhoRnVRUh2 10 Feb

Popular posters from @Worville/@DannyPage, @neilcharles_uk, @Soccermatics and Santiago Galliano. #OptaProForum https://t.co/8xwOgZzP9g 10 Feb

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The value of analysing qualitative text-based scouting assessments

Writing on the Scout7 website, Garry Gelade provides a thorough analysis of text-based scouting reports.

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Planet Fútbol podcast

Daniel Altman (@NYASoccer) contributes to the Sports Illustrated Planet Fútbol podcast, discussing his take on using analytics to evaluate goalkeepers.

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Will Wales miss the expertise of their departing analyst?

Alex Bywater (@_AlexBywater) of WalesOnline discusses the importance of outgoing analyst Rhys Long's work with the international rugby union side.

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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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Bundesliga at the break: Bayern and Dortmund

Dustin Ward (@SaturdayOnCouch), writing for StatsBomb provides unique insight into the performances of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund this season.

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Premier League half season data review

James Yorke, writing for StatsBomb, provides an in-depth review to the first half of the Premier League season.

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