Archives : Premier League

2018/2019 PL manager of the year

Posted on May 15th, 2019

Assessing managers’ impact on a team’s performance isn’t as straight forward as with players. Unlike on-pitch actions that can be analysed in greater depth, details about the management of a team remain mainly behind closed dressing room doors and the only concrete in-game interventions we get to observe are largely limited to starting line-ups, formations […]

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Let Spurs Entertain You

Posted on September 23rd, 2011

There’s clearly more of an emphasis in sport on winning than there is on entertaining, but we can turn our football modelling techniques towards a different target: goals per game.  What you really want is for your team to be the best, but if you think about things from a neutral’s perspective the total number […]

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Conservation of Goals

Posted on September 20th, 2011

Without goals football probably wouldn’t be that interesting but what is the right number of goals?  If we had too many goals then the best team would win more of the time and the game might become too predictable (technically, if all of the teams had about the same quality then it could still be […]

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Summer Transfers 2011: Part One

Posted on September 1st, 2011

It’s been a busy summer, with the usual frantic end to the transfer window. I’ve been looking at the excellent data provided by BBC Football, and playing around with different visualisations of transfers involving English and Scottish clubs. I grabbed the transfers for the entire window and it’s such a rich data set that one […]

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