The Chance Analytics Data Visualization Competition

Data without visualization is just a list of incomprehensible numbers. A good data viz can tease out information, tell a story, and make data memorable. When it comes to football, visualization is crucial. It can make data and football more accessible and interesting to a larger audience (like what Ted Knutson did with the radar) and aid the player/opposition scouting process at clubs.

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A look at Graham Potter and his exciting Östersunds FK

When it comes to football and coaching, England’s trade deficit is less than ideal. People like  Arsène Wenger, José Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino, Claudio Ranieri, Antonio Conte, Jürgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and now Marco Silva have taken charge of Premier League clubs and have significantly improved their clubs’ fortunes. Right now, there are 16 non-English managers in the English Premier League.

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Shooting Woes: Analysing the worst performing teams in the Premier League

Image: Premier League Gallery / Chance Illustration

Nine games into the Premier League and we’ve seen it all. Complete chaos in the league as overpriced purchases fail to live up to expectations, big 6 teams have cataclysmic results after losing a singular game of football, the same bunch of over 40 year old’s spout garbage subjective takes on the telly whilst Manchester City seem completely unbeatable.

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All Shook Up: Understanding Liverpool’s defensive fragility using clustering

By Freddie Wilson @thewonderofmu

Liverpool’s defence is often subjected to a fair amount of scrutiny; whilst Jurgen Klopp has created a brilliant attacking force, matters at the other end of the pitch still have room for improvement. 

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Exploring the uses of clustering: Individual Shot Cluster Zones

By Freddie Wilson – @thewonderofmu

There are many approaches to visualising shot location data. It can be tricky finding the right balance between the amount of information on display and the ease of use or intuitiveness. There is a plethora of categories and subcategories that can be considered such as the player taking the shot, the danger of the shot and whether the shot resulted in a goal.

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How in the World Does Nice Overperform Expected Goals? Part Two: The Attack

This is part two of a two-part series explaining how Lucien Favre’s Nice overperform expected goals, that cool new stat they show on MOTD, by a huge margin. Part one explained how Nice’s defence overperform expected goals against (xGA). In part two, I explain how Nice’s attack overperform expected goals for (xGF). Let’s jump right in.

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Match Report: Manchester United v Burton Albion

man v bur

Manchester United were unsurprisingly victorious against a Burton Albion side which from the outset looked to play expansive attacking football. The teams lined up as follows:

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