Category Archives: Premier League

Squad churn, 5 July 2021

As is usual over the summer, I’ve been tracking how much each Premier League and EFL squad has changed since last season. I’ve harvested the data from the official retained lists, the BBC transfer page, Transfermarkt and a variety of Twitter sources, so hopefully I haven’t missed anything. You can see the all the data I’ve compiled in a Google

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Fixture difficulty matrices: 2021-22

As usual, I’ve taken the newly-released fixtures for the Premier League and EFL and combined them with an aggregation of leading bookmakers’ odds to visualise where each club’s tough and easy matches appear to be next season. Each row in the matrix below lists a club’s league matches in chronological order, colour-coded based on how difficult they appear to be

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Attack breakdowns: Premier League, 2020-21

As we’re now at the end of the season, I’ve refreshed the club-by-club attack breakdowns. These are explained in detail here, but in summary they are simple scatter graphics that work as follows: Explanation Each graphic shows a club’s main attacking players: those who have: Featured for at least a quarter of their total pitch minutes in the league this season,

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Squad age profiles: Premier League, 2020-21

These graphics are intended to give a quick visual overview of the age of players that each club has fielded in league matches using a technique very similar to “population pyramid” graphs, although I’ll freely admit that they’ve come out with shades of the Rorschach test (or as someone observed on Twitter, the Habitat lighting range). Explanation Hopefully they’re fairly self-explanatory, but

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