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In his debut blog for OptaPro, data scientist @WillTGM analyses central defender passing trends in the Premier Leag… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 17 Jan

VACANCY - we are recruiting a data scientist, who will work across @OptaPro & @OptaSuit. Opportunity. performgroup.com/careers/data-s… 16 Jan

Fantastic to have @WillTGM join the team. We'll be publishing Will's first blog for OptaPro this week, which explor… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… 14 Jan

Valuing passes – @GarryGelade considers how passing performance can be evaluated using a Pass Reward model. Vision. optasportspro.com/about/interest… 10 Jan

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Putting a value on passes

Garry Gelade (@GarryGelade) considers how a player’s passing performance can be evaluated using a Pass Reward model, based on the start and end location of passes.

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Game of throw-ins

Eliot McKinley (@etmckinley) from American Soccer Analysis applies a number of throw-in models to analyse possession retention.

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Impact of analytics at Houston Rockets

In this podcast, Head Coach Mike D'Antoni explains how he has used numbers from the team’s analytics department to back-up key decisions relating to changes in playing style.

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Analysis and scouting at Scottish Rugby

Scottish Rugby’s lead performance analyst Gavin Vaughan provides an insight into opposition analysis, scouting for eligible players and the potential benefits of VR in aiding match preparation.

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Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are the best defensive team too

Adam Bate’s latest article on SkySports.com applies Opta data and advanced metrics to provide a detailed analysis of Manchester City's proactive defensive approach.

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Rethinking shots: generation and conversion

Marek Kwiatkowski (@statlurker) presents a model exploring how certain factors such as home-field advantage and game-state can impact a team’s shot generation and conversion.

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