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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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WWC BLOG: Abby Wambach & the USWNT's long-ball problem

Originally posted on MLSsoccer.com, Devin Pleuler analyses the USWNT's style of play.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 00:00

BLOG: Assessing the use of game state in predictive models

The data shows that whether a team is winning or losing affects the shots they take, but should game state be included in predictive models?
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 13:00

BLOG: Throwing the Kitchen Sink. Efficiency of Half-Time substitutions.

How effective are half-time substitutions?
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 16:32

BLOG: On the topic of Expected Goals and the repeatability of finishing skill

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion in the soccer analytics community around Expected Goals and it's repeatability. Public research in this area has perhaps been the most exciting development the community has had in recent times and in this post we attempt to summarize the crux of the arguments being made and provide an alternative direction to previous research.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 10:49

BLOG: Augmenting free-kick data for more meaningful results

Why free-kick success doesn't tell the whole story: avoiding the pitfalls of a small sample size.
Posted by Devin Pleuler at 16:36