Does Style Matter? A Study from the Scottish Premiership

Jaymes Monte digs through the Scottish Premiership data to see if we can learn anything about the importance of style for football teams. In a game that is becoming increasingly flooded with cash but also where extreme wealth is no longer a free pass to the very top, developing...

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How Should Wolfsburg Replace Ingrid Engen?

Abdullah Abdullah asks how Wolfsburg should go about replacing Ingrid Engen as they look to enter a rebuild phase. When VfL Wolfsburg lost to Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, it raised the important question: could this be an end of an era?  The German club have...

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Developing New Metrics: Passes Received in Zone 14

In this new series, Josh Hobbs explores some of the novel metrics we have been able to develop using the TransferLab algorithm. One of the perennial problems using data to analyse football is the discrepancy that exists between those with the ability to manipulate data and those who understand...

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Should Manchester United sign Vilde Bøe Risa?

Mia Eriksson uses TransferLab to determine whether Vilde Bøe Risa would fit in at Manchester United Vilde Bøe Risa is a defensive midfielder who has been a part of the Norwegian senior national team setup since 2016. However, the 25-year-old has been out of contract since December 16th, the...

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22 Mar, 2021

Profiling Coaches with Data

22 Mar, 2021

Piotr Wawrzynów talks us through the process of creating a tool that profiles coaches in a similar manner to how you might profile players. I love talking about coaches: their ideas, approaches, philosophies. One of my favourite things is assessing a team’s early performances and trying to predict whether the...

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11 Mar, 2021

Special Ones? The Effect of Head Coaches on Football Team Performance

11 Mar, 2021

Alex Farnell looks at the impact that sacking a manager can have on a team’s performance and attempts to debunk some of the myths about ‘new manager bounce’. By the time the final whistle blows in many professional football matches, you wouldn’t be too surprised to hear disgruntled fans...

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Age Curves 2.0: A New Approach to Projecting Player Potential

‘Just how good is this 21 year old striker going to be in 5 years?’ ‘Has our 26 year old full back already peaked?’ ‘Should we be giving our 32 year old centre back a contract extension?’ Talk about a million dollar question – foresight in football is worth several times that given the...

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How should Tottenham replace Christian Eriksen?

There’s no secret about the existing holes in Tottenham Hotspur’s squad or the lack of transfers to address them in the last two years, though the signing of Tanguy Ndombele this week will go some way to assuage their midfield depth issues. However, should Christian Eriksen head off to...

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18 Jun, 2019

Who are the most “clutch” goalscorers in football?

18 Jun, 2019

Analytics FC Managing Director, Jeremy Steele, explores performance under pressure, how it can be measured and and who the “go to guys” are in Football.  Firstly, it’s important for those who don’t watch American sports to explain what the term “clutch” in the our article title means. The term...

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04 Jan, 2017

On the lexicon of expected goals

04 Jan, 2017

Apart from an excuse for a pretentious title, I aim here to discuss some of the intricacies in the language used in football analytics. If you are new to the field, it might be worth reading One Short Corner’s fantastic primers.  There’s a brilliant video of Richard Keys and Andy...

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