Why being lucky is half the battle in Football

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 […]

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

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 […]

The Team of … ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

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. […]

An introduction to … Expected assists

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 […]

An Introduction to… Statistics in Football

(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, […]

Breaking down … Expected goals

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 […]

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