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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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12-game Premier League shot analysis

James Yorke (@jair1970) provides a 12-game Premier League review, focusing on how teams are performing in relation to previous seasons.

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Manchester City: Powered up under Pep

Writing for StatsBomb, Euan Dewar (@EuanDewar) and Mark Thompson (@EveryTeam_Mark ) co-author this analytical article that explores Manchester City's impressive start to the Premier League season.

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Getting into sports analytics

OptaPro data scientist Sam Gregory discusses his thoughts and personal experience on breaking into the sports analytics industry.

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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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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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Behind the scenes with the Derby County analysis team

Head of performance analysis Joe Carnall leads this video tour that goes behind the scenes with the performance analysis team at Derby County Football Club.

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