Julian Brandt – Statistical Profiling


Julian Brandt is a young German international winger who plays for Bayer Leverkusen. He is a 20 year old who has already played over 3,600 minutes of professional football in a top league, along with 700 minutes of European football. Brandt has represented Germany at every level from U15 to senior level and is European Golden Boy nominee this year. He is definitely a player to watch in the future. Continue reading Julian Brandt – Statistical Profiling


Analysing Summer 2016 Premier League Transfers: Arsenal

Ashwin Raman – @thefutebolist

The summer of 2016. Premier League clubs spent a colossal £1 billion on transfers. Established players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Luiz, Ilkay Gundogan, and Henrikh Mkhitharyan moved to England. Young stars like Leroy Sané, Gabriel Jesus, and Eric Bailly were also acquired by Premier League clubs. The most expensive transfer yet – Paul Pogba for €105 million – was made by Manchester United.

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Analysing Premier League Attackers using Penalty Area Touches

FPL Draft – @FplDraft


The chart above represents the players who scored 10 and more Adjusted Goals in the past three seasons.Adjusted Goals (AdG for short) is a metric I created. Its basically only goals scored in open play plus shots that hit the woodwork. Free-kicks and penalty kicks are not taken into account.

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A TSR Variation – DZTSR

Luke Griffin@SL_TeamTalk

This is going to be a short article about a metric I thought of today, similar to TSR. I want to keep it short and sweet, so enjoy.

Total Shots Ratio (TSR) is a metric I’ve written about here. It is an commonly used metric as it has a strong correlation with Goal Difference and points. If you outshoot your opponents you’re likely to win. It is also useful to use in match predictions. I recommend you read the article linked above to understand it if you’re not familiar with it.

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Tippeligaen Total Shots Ratio – TSR

Luke Griffin@SL_TeamTalk

For a while I’ve been considering specialising on a foreign league to make my site different and to have my own niche. Leagues like Cyprus First Division and the Danish Superliga sprung to mind, but I don’t have any stats available for those leagues. This week WhoScored made the Norwegian Tippeligaen’s stats publicly available on their site.

I’ve always had an affinity towards Scandinavia so Norway is a good league for my to specialise in I think. I’m very new to the Tippeligaen so my knowledge isn’t good at all yet but as I intend to watch more and more of it so I’m sure I’ll get to grips with the league. If you know any Tippeligaen blogs then let me know on twitter – @SL_TeamTalk.

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Portugal v France: Closer Than You Think

Ed Shorthouse@ed_shorthouse

In the build-up to the Euro 2016 Final, the hype has primarily been around France. This is obviously understandable; they’ve had a nearly flawless record, winning 5 out of their 6 games, drawing the other. They’ve scored the most goals (13) and created the most chances (88, equal with Germany) throughout the competition. They have arguably the two top performers so far in Payet and Griezmann, and the final is also on home soil.

However, I’m going to look into the two teams in more depth to see whether it is justified for be playing down Portugal so much. To do so I’m going to compare the two sides’ expected goals figures.

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Transfer window dilemmas for Leicester City

George Ball @GeorgeBall95

What a season 2015/16 was for Leicester City. Claudio Ranieri’s team surpassed all pre-season expectations and secured the Premier League title. But what happens now for Leicester? They have the additional challenge of the Champions League, and will attempt to defend the title. Before that there is the small matter of the summer transfer window. Looking at Leicester’s squad and the unprecedented position the club finds themselves in, there are a number of issues which make it this transfer window, and those that follow it, crucial to the future success of Leicester City.

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