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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