Statistics

2018-19 Bundesliga season’s worst misses, best goals & easiest finishes – Football Article

Here’s a round-up of the finest goals, worst misses and easiest finishes in expected goals (xG) terms of the 2018-19 Bundesliga season to date. Pretty much everyone is familiar with xG nowadays, but just be sure: it measures the likelihood of a scoring opportunity resulting in a goal by comparing it to a large number of similar chances in the past. A very high xG value means that a chance was almost certain to produce a goal, whereas a very…

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Football, lies, damned lies and statistics – Football Article

In 2010 the Fenway Sports Group purchased English Premier League side Liverpool Football Club. From the outset, their intentions were simple. They would apply statistics-based approaches to the running of Liverpool in terms of player acquisitions and team tactics. The method, popularised in the Michael Lewis book Moneyball about the Oakland A’s baseball team, had not yet been utilised in soccer but Fenway set about adapting the approach. Liverpool’s early signings signalled their new philosophy – They paid £20m for Stewart…

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Eden Hazard and surprise defender named in Europe’s best XI – Football Article

Shaun Botterill/Getty Images WhoScored is a stats website, so their team is always slightly skewed away from what the punditocracy think. For that reason, they often end up with some curious names in their “best XI players of the season so far in Europe’s top 5 leagues”, and this time is no exception. David Luiz has had some brilliant games for us, including that stunning pass at the weekend, but is there really only one better CB than him…

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Arsenal keeper calls out broadcaster for getting his clean sheets stats wrong – Football Article

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has been left scratching his (presumably protective cap-less) head after BT Sport made a mess of his Premier League clean sheets statistics. The broadcaster had been attempting to praise the former Chelsea man’s status as the league’s clean sheet maestro. But they instead ended up irking the Czech veteran by underreporting his number of shut-outs by more than 40. A graphic tweeted by BT Sport’s account suggested Cech had 161 Premier League clean sheets. The actual…

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David de Gea proves the difference in Manchester United win over Tottenham – Football Article

Manchester United star David de Gea has proven himself to be difference during the crucial victory over Tottenham. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men travelled to Wembley in the search of a win as the race for the top four heats up. United went ahead through Marcus Rashford and were grateful to De Gea as they managed to hold onto a precious clean-sheet. The Spaniard was the best player on the pitch on Sunday with the majority of fans even…

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Milestones for Mane and Van Dijk at Brighton & Liverpool’s record of bouncing back under Klopp – Football Article

Liverpool take on Brighton looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League—and the omens are good that Jurgen Klopp‘s team will do exactly that. Past successes The three Premier league clashes between Liverpool and Brighton have seen the Reds win them all, scoring 10 and conceding once. They have suffered defeat in two of the 19 league encounters with Brighton and scored in all but two of them. The only goalless draw between the teams came in…

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