Do you want to work in professional football as a data analyst? Well, hopefully this can help you. SideLineTeamTalk conducted a short, casual interview with professional data analyst Joel Salamon about his job in data analytics with the aim to help aspiring analysts find out more about how to get into the field of professional data analytics in football.
Expected goals (xG) is a tool to value the probability of a shot resulting in a goal. Each xG value is the chance of that shot being scored. For example: 0.156 xG = 15.6% likelihood of that shot being scored. By having a database of shots a xG model will work out how important each variable is in a shot being scored. The database takes into account a variety of variables of the shot which will be covered later.
In terms of breeds of footballers my favourite are the ‘Hard Men’ of football. You wouldn’t want a team full of them but one or two to solidify your midfield or defence is, in my opinion, something I’d want as a manager. They’re hard working, great leaders, cult heroes and will constantly win the ball from the opposition.
How easy is it to play in the prestigious Premier League? You can imagine it’s probably quite difficult. But, this article aims to show how summer signings by Premier League sides in the 2015 summer are doing after 12 games in the PL. The idea isn’t to show how good a player is as such but how their performances in England have differed from their previous club. All players I analyse have never played in England before.
Premier League top scorer after 12 games. Scoring in 9 consecutive games, breaking the Premier League record for one season. Transfer rumours to Liverpool, Spurs, Man United, Dortmund, Barcelona and Real Madrid. Fantasy Football star and one of the most talked about players in the Premier League at the moment, famous for his non-league roots. And now valued at £15 million. How good is he?