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Using scatter graphics to compare the big four European leagues


I’ve updated my scatter graphics for the major European leagues this week and I thought that while I was at it I’d have a bit more fun by smashing some of the graphics together to allow comparisons across different divisions. Unfortunately putting more than four divisions on these makes them unreadable (as a lot of average teams get crammed into

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How much time has each club’s most-used 11 players spent on the pitch together?


The short answer is a lot less than you might think. When Leicester and Burnley won the Premier League and Championship titles last season using a small core group of players, I wrote some code to work out how long their most-used combination of 11 players had been on the pitch together, expecting a ridiculously high number. While no club in

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Introducing long-term trend graphics


At the end of November I created a form table graphic as a way to get a short-term snapshot of how teams were faring relative to their underlying performances, but I realised I still needed something which shows how clubs are performing over the longer term. Fortunately a graphic already exists which does exactly what I needed to do –

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A quick look at second half turnarounds


This is another one of those “I was bored on a long train journey” posts. I saw this stat appear on my timeline in the wake of Leicester’s shock win over Manchester City… One of the more extraordinary stats ongoing in the PL, illustrated by @br_uk graphic — sportingintelligence (@sportingintel) December 11, 2016 … and I wasn’t sure exactly how

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Squawka podcast


I was very happy to be the inaugural guest on Squawka‘s new Football IQ podcast this week, hosted by George Elek (whom some of you may know as one half of the “Not the Top 20” EFL podcast team). After a bit of background on how I got into football data analysis we break down some of the main concepts – like the

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Players who really should have scored by now


When I was generating the inaugural batch of “attacking threat breakdown” graphics the other week I spotted a few players who had been on the end of plenty of chances but had yet to find the net. I thought it’d be interesting to list the players who’ve racked up the highest cumulative ‘expected goals’ total in the league without finding the

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