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How in the World Does Nice Overperform Expected Goals? Part One: The Defence

After a strong season under Claude Puel in 2016, finishing 4th, Nice got even stronger under the control of Swiss manager Lucien Favre, finishing 3rd in Ligue 1 and securing a Champions League qualifying berth in 2017. However, as a (self-professed) stats guy, I like to look at Expected Goals – soccer analytics’ most popular model – to see if the league table lies.

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An Introduction to Expected Saves (xS)

By Raven Beale – @sbourgenforcer

I’m not sure if someone has already written about this or not. If you have, credit to you!

This article assumes an understanding of the flagship metric of the analytics movement xG (Expected Goals). I would advise reading this, this, and this if you are not familiar with the concept.

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Introducing pELO Ratings

With the summer break giving many analysts time to refine their models and peruse the transfer gossip, we have been hard at work developing a new metric for evaluating players across Europe’s top five leagues.

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Player Behaviour and Involvement- How Spurs Attack

Tottenham had another successful season and qualified for the Champions League and put pressure on the eventual champions. Spurs scored the most goals in the Premier League this season with 86.

Four players really stood out for Spurs in attack: Eriksen, Son, Kane and Alli. The aim of this article is to look at the importance and behaviour of these four players.

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How to be a Football Analyst – Interview with Nick Gearing

Interview by SideLineTeamTalk

Nick Gearing is Head of Analysis at League 2 Leyton Orient and runs courses for aspiring analysts. If you’ve ever wondered what analysts do or if you could be one then this will be perfect for you and, we hope, very insightful.

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Chelsea’s Almost Impeccable Defence

Chelsea are on top of the table, and a lot of Chelsea’s success should be attributed to Antonio Conte, for his 3-4-3 formation, which has started a trend in the Premier League. With the most goals in the league and the third-lowest goals conceded, even the most pessimistic Chelsea fan is certain that Chelsea will lift the Premier League title.

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How Can A Team Outwit Real Madrid from Set Piece Situations?

In my article posted the day before yesterday, I discussed why Real Madrid are excellent from set pieces. But can the set-up be broken with a few good plans? I certainly think so. It will require a lot of practice, and I’m not so sure anyone can stop Real Madrid from winning La Liga and possibly the Champions League this season, but it’s certainly worth a shot. Let me say at the outset that his article is inspired by Ted Knutson’s recent article on the same topic. Knutson and Thom Lawrence will be sharing their ideas with clubs through Statsbomb Services.

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