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Welcome to Stats in Sport

Breaking down the most prominent sporting questions with statistics

Stats in Sport is a blog that focuses on analysing sport through the use of statistics. Not only do we evaluate current statistics being used to analyse different sports but we also answer different sporting questions backing up our judgement with statistical evidence.

We post a few different type of blogs. The most common is ‘An Introduction to…’ which provides you with the need to know basics on the covered topic. We also have the ‘Breaking down’ series where we do a thorough statistical analysis, fully delving in on the topic. A more unique series we are also looking to introduce is ‘A Case Study in…’ where we look at a wider sporting problem and look at how that plays a part in many different sports, yet again providing a comprehensive statistical breakdown. Finally ‘The Team of…’ series provides the best possible team of a certain criteria after carefully considering the underlying statistics.

See our latest articles below:

  • Breaking down … Expected goals

    July 31, 2019 by

    Expected goals or xG (which I will refer to it as for the rest of the break down) have gained a lot of negative and positive press recently from its appearance on Match of the Day, a leading British TV programme which shows the highlights of all of the Premier League games. Comments from pundits… Read more

  • Breaking Down … An F1 Metric

    December 4, 2019 by

    Statistics are starting to be integrated into more and more sports and we have discussed its increasing use in football in many previous blogs. Perhaps the hardest sport to try and integate statistics into is Formula 1 as assessing driver competency is extremely dificult due to the vastly varying levels of the car. To understand… Read more

  • Why being lucky is half the battle in Football

    November 2, 2019 by

    Luck seemingly repesents the antithesis of what statistics try to achieve. A concept with connotations of random chance and a quantity which most people would assume is an external factor that prohibits the sense of regularity that make statistics so powerful. Luck seemes like the tool which would always play on the mind of someone… Read more

  • Why Aaron Wan-Bissaka is Manchester United’s best player

    September 23, 2019 by

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka has had a simply monstrous start to the season. Putting up a mamouth 5.6 tacles a game, Wan-Bissaka has silenced his critics which prviously mocked United for what was suggsted to be a vast overpayment for a young English talent showing glimmers of promise. His 5.6 tackles per 90 puts him top in… Read more

  • The Team of … ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

    August 8, 2019 by

    Below is statistically the best team of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Opening Batsmen Jason Roy Although he is only 9th on the top run scorers list in the tournament and 4 other opening batsmen have scored more runs than him, Jason Roy has been such an incredibly important part of England’s world cup campaign.… Read more

  • An introduction to … Expected assists

    August 4, 2019 by

    Another football metric which is becoming increasingly more used is expected assists or xA. An assist, for those who may not know, is the final pass that directly leads to a goal. Every goal has a pass come before it, except for those which come from direct set pieces, so almost every goal will have… Read more

  • An Introduction to… Statistics in Football

    July 31, 2019 by

    (By football I don’t mean the American kind but the one that is also known as soccer) Statistics are becoming increasingly more useful to help analyse the intricacies that are intertwined within the beautiful game. In recent years new measures have been developed to revert away from the often misleading simple statistics such as goals,… Read more

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