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How many goals should a penalty taker score?

Expected goals (or xG for short) put simply is the probability of a goal determined by a range of variables such as shot distance, angle, body part and defensive pressure. xG has been around for some time now and is beginning to get some traction in the mainstream sports media. The purpose of this article is to use xG as a probability in binomial distribution models, what we can learn from this.  Part two will use hypothesis testing to evaluate the xG value for penalties of 0.78.

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Analysing the efficiency of transfer markets

By Matt Allen (@mattallen001)

February is upon us and we say good bye to the January transfer market. Clubs from Europe’s top 5 leagues made a total of 533 deals at a cost of £802.8m. These figures don’t include other big spending leagues such as the championship and the Bundesliga 2 which also spend a considerable amount of money.  With such high amounts of money flowing around the world, I ask the question: is it an efficient market?

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Match Report: Manchester United v Burton Albion

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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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What Effect Did Parachute Payments Have on Championship Performance in the 2016/17 Season?

When a club gets relegated to the championship, the most hard-hitting impact is the loss of television revenue paid to clubs purely for turning up. So, in order to combat the effects of this loss, the Premier League gives clubs parachute payments which help ease the transition. These payments last three years following the season of relegation and fall in value before clubs are faced with supporting their own finances. If the club is fortunate enough to be promoted then the parachute payments will end.

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Why are City struggling at the back?

By Matt Allen@MattAllen001

In this piece I will discuss some of the defensive issues that Man City have been having this season. Pep Guardiola has already written his team out of the title race this season and this comes after a patch of poor form culminating most recently with a 4-0 loss at Everton. There are several reasons that city’s defensive form have been poor this season which I will outline below.

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