Category Archives: Fixtures

Visualising the 2015/16 fixtures: updated

League 1 fixture map 2015-15 v2

As usually happens when I churn out multiple versions of the same thing, enough incremental improvements have been made over the course of churning out my fixture difficulty visualisations to make me unhappy with the state of the first ones I did. Therefore here are revised versions for the top four English divisions with the following changes: I’ve updated the

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Visualising the 2015/16 La Liga and Serie A fixtures

La Liga fixture map 2015-16

The La Liga and Serie A fixtures weren’t out before I went on holiday, so their fixture difficulty maps have been created a bit later than the rest. If you haven’t seen these before, what I’ve done is taken an average of leading bookmakers’ title odds (as a proxy for each club’s “strength”) and then divided the clubs four categories based on the

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Five Football League clubs who could be in a false position at the end of August

August projections

At the end of August the Football League season will be five games old and – even though there will still be plenty of football to be played – we won’t be able to stop ourselves from forming judgements about how clubs are performing. One of the main obstacles to doing this in a balanced way is the fixture schedule: some

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Visualising the 2015/16 Eredivisie fixtures

Eredivisie fixture map 2015-16

The 2015/16 Eredivisie fixtures were released over the weekend, so If you haven’t seen this before, what I’ve done is taken an average of leading bookmakers’ title odds (as a proxy for each club’s “strength”) and then divided the clubs four categories based on the bookies’ implied ranking. The categories aim to divide the clubs into four relatively equal-sized groups based on the range of odds they

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Visualising the 2015/16 Bundesliga fixtures

Bundesliga fixture map 2015-16

There’s been a lot of interest in the German versions of my scatter graphics, so I thought it was only fair to repay that enthusiasm with a version of my fixture difficulty visualisation to coincide with the release of the Bundesliga schedule today. If you haven’t seen this before, what I’ve done is taken an average of eight leading bookies’ title odds (as

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Visualising the 2015/16 Ligue 1 fixtures

Ligue 1 fixture map 2015-16

Following on from my initial run of fixture difficulty maps for the top four English divisions last week, I had some feedback from several readers about the red/green contrast not working particularly well for colour-blind people. I’ve therefore updated the colour palette to something slightly less garish and will re-run the English graphics with updated odds nearer to the start of the

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Visualising the 2015/16 fixtures

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Now that the fixtures have been released for the top four English divisions, I thought I’d crank out updated versions of my fixture difficulty visualisations. The idea behind these is to categorise each club’s fixtures by the strength of their opponent to pick out particularly easy or tricky runs of games over the season. I’ve simplified things slightly this year: rather than

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