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Is xG any good at predicting game outcomes?

Introduction One can’t afford to ignore Expected Goals (xG) now that Match of the Day are giving the metric such a huge profile. I’m not a massive fan of xG, but I thought it was worth further investigation and so, … Continue reading

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“Taca la bala” says the wizard: a trip into the World Cup 2014

Originally posted on Data Tales:
According to our models the final will be Germany-Argentina. Are our data-driven models correct ? Let’s see what happens!!! #WorldCup2014 — Big Data Tales (@bigdatatales) 8 Luglio 2014 We published this tweet three days ago,…

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Best and worst defensive performance – 2013 EPL

Introduction The idea for this analysis came from reading Paul Power February post, where he sets out to analyse Defensive Efficiency (Deff). To measure it he lists seven variables, and reasons for his choice. These are: 1. Goals Conceded (GC) … Continue reading

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Possession and goals | Bolton – Man City (2-3) EPL 2011-12

Continuing my analysis of the Bolton-Man City match, this time I look at possession, currently a hot topic among football analysts.  My objective is to analyse this metric during a number of fixed time (min.) intervals of the match, and … Continue reading

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