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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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How Everton dealt with Swansea City's passing threat

Using the Opta-powered Stats Zone app, the We Are Premier League blog analysed how Everton were able to force the Swans' creative players to drop deeper in search of the ball, thus limiting their attacking threat.

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Football wind maps

Neil Charles (@neilcharles_uk) takes an innovative approach to visualising passing data, taking inspiration from dynamic wind maps.

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OptaPro to support Eredivisie clubs this season

A collective deal with the Eredivisie sees OptaPro support all 18 clubs to inform and enhance their performance analysis work over the coming season.

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Time of possession in the EPL

Courtesy of the brilliant 'Power of Goals' blog, author Mark Taylor investigates whether the popular 'Time of Possession' statistic is actually meaningless when establishing a team's overall performance during a game.

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Recruitment analyst vacancy at Norwich City Football Club

Norwich City are hiring a recruitment analyst. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 14th August.

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Inaugural U.S. Soccer hackathon brings together data and the beautiful game

U.S. Soccer held their first hackathon this month. At the 24-hour event, participants could apply Opta data to answer soccer-focused questions.

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