• L2 Att Eff 2014-15

    League 2 attack & defence: 2014/15

    While I’m really happy that the scatter graphics I’ve been churning out for the past four years continue to be so well-received, I’ve long wished for them to look a bit prettier.

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  • L1 Att Eff 2014-15

    League 1 attack & defence: 2014/15

    While I’m really happy that the scatter graphics I’ve been churning out for the past four years continue to be so well-received, I’ve long wished for them to look a bit prettier.

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  • CH Att Eff 2014-15

    Championship attack & defence 2014/15

    This is an update of a previous post for the 2014/15 Championship season, but replacing the graphics with the new versions I’ve developed. While I’m really happy that the scatter graphics

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  • CP Att Eff 2014-15

    Conference attack & defence 2014/15

    This is an update of a previous post for the 2014/15 Conference season, but replacing the graphics with the new versions I’ve developed. While I’m really happy that the scatter graphics I’ve

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E ratings: League 2 2014/15

L2 sparklines 2014-15

Following on from my earlier post introducing the new “E ratings” I’ve been experimenting with, I thought it would be helpful to illustrate their use by reviewing each division from last season. E ratings are my newest creation, combining the concept of an “expected goals” measure of shot quality with an Elo-style rating system, to track the attacking and defensive performances

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E ratings: League 1 2014/15

L1 sparklines 2014-15

Following on from my earlier post introducing the new “E ratings” I’ve been experimenting with, I thought it would be helpful to illustrate their use by reviewing each division from last season. E ratings are my newest creation, combining the concept of an “expected goals” measure of shot quality with an Elo-style rating system, to track the attacking and defensive performances

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E ratings: Championship 2014/15

CH sparklines 2014-15

Following on from my earlier post introducing the new “E ratings” I’ve been experimenting with, I thought it would be helpful to illustrate their use by reviewing each division from last season. E ratings are my newest creation, combining the concept of an “expected goals” measure of shot quality with an Elo-style rating system, to track the attacking and defensive performances

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Introducing “E ratings”

Note: Even with the maths kept to a minimum this post is a bit on the dry side, so I’ve stuck a quick-ish explanation and some examples up front, with more detail underneath. Introduction Ahead of the new season I’ve smashed together two things that I’ve wanted to bring to lower league football for a long time: An “expected goals” measure which

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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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