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An early look at Football League attack and defence

An early look at Football League attack and defence

It’s probably just about worth taking a look at the individual Football League divisions to see how things are shaping up, although it’s still pretty early in the season and the luck of the fixture list is still playing a part in how individual clubs have performed so far. I’d resist drawing any conclusions until … Continue reading

Player churn: League 2

Player churn: League 2

For those who weren’t aware, Ben Huxley (of @bootifulgame) and I now both form part of the Press Association’s product development team, combining our respective powers to come up with data and graphical innovations, with football very much part of our remit. There are quite a lot of ideas flying around the office which don’t immediately … Continue reading

League 2 – attack and defence 2012/13

League 2 – attack and defence 2012/13

Over the coming days I’ll be producing final versions of as many graphics as possible for the season, starting here with League 2. While it’s yet to be decided in what capacity this blog will exist next season, these are my all-time favourite creation and I’m determined that they will continue to exist. If you … Continue reading

Experimenting with Tableau Public

Experimenting with Tableau Public

A while back it was suggested that I use Tableau Public to make my work more interactive, so I thought I’d give it a go using the celebrated scatter plots (the traditional versions of which I’ll be updating later today via Twitter). What I’ve managed to come up with An interactive version that allows you … Continue reading

A quick look at headed goals

A quick look at headed goals

I’ve been experimenting with alternative uses for the scatter plotting engine I built for the attack and defence graphics and wanted to explore what other aspects of performance can be compared effectively in this way. Combining the Press Association match data published on the BBC Football website with the fruits of my own video analysis I’ve compiled a … Continue reading

Attack & Defence Graphics – 27th February

Attack & Defence Graphics – 27th February

My best-laid plans for weekly posts were once again undone by work commitments, but the least I can do is to update my attack and defence effectiveness graphics. I’ve kept the form weightings but have decided to use arrows as these are visually less confusing. The principle is the same as explained here: The coloured … Continue reading

Predictive previews: Football League – 12 Feb 2013

Following on from the Championship-only dry run at the weekend, here are predictive previews for all of tomorrow evening’s Football League fixtures. Let’s just hope that none of them get cancelled. In case you missed the previous post which contains a more detailed explanation, these have been embedded as a PDF so that I could work some … Continue reading

Attacking & defensive effectiveness, incorporating form

Attacking & defensive effectiveness, incorporating form

Introducing form-weighted averages When updating the attack and defence effectiveness graphics throughout the season, I’ve been increasingly mindful of the need to incorporate a team’s form into any analysis of their performance. Now that we’re over halfway through the season it seems a bit of a stretch that the average values that drive the graphics … Continue reading

Visual tables for the Football League

I saw a tweet yesterday evening from @sportingintel which utilised the fantastic Cann Table method of visually separating teams in the league table by the number of points won. This provoked me to unearth and complete one of my many half-finished projects, which takes this a step further to correct for teams having played different numbers … Continue reading

Attacking & Defensive effectiveness: EPL to BSP

Attacking & Defensive effectiveness: EPL to BSP

Whenever I post something about the top flight, which is contrary to the overall mission of this blog, I like to balance things out by doing something for fans of BSP clubs. Following the approach used in yesterday’s post for 5 European top divisions, here are another set of monster charts comparing all English teams … Continue reading