Hot Cech: 3½ seasons of Save%

The first of a flurry of posts on StatsBomb over the festive period came courtesy of Paul Riley, he of the brilliant Expected Goals and Expected Assists Tableau dashboards. Documenting Stoke City keeper Jack Butland’s seemingly excellent season so far between the sticks, it led, in true festive family fashion, to the resurfacing of a prickly old debate […]

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Passing analysis: Should Leicester replace Schmeichel in January?

As Leicester City’s bewildering season continues, Champions League qualification is now beginning look like a very real possibility. Interest in the club’s recruitment set-up, and in their signing of the likes of Jamie Vardy from non-League Fleetwood Town and Riyad Mahrez from Le Havre for a paltry £400,000, has gone through the roof. Steve Walsh, […]

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Introducing RPI: Towards a repeatable metric of goalkeeper passing

Intro: The state of public research into keeper passing In The Numbers Game, Chris Anderson and David Sally make the point that goalkeeping remains a massively under researched aspect of the beautiful game. Indeed, within the online community of analytics bloggers, as per Thom Lawrence’s recent and interesting ‘State of the Stats’ questionnaire, it appears […]

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White ‘Keepers and Black Strikers: A Premier League inefficiency

Rasmus Ankersen is a man at the forefront of football’s so-called data revolution. A self-styled ‘high-performance anthropologist’ who wrote a bestselling book, The Gold Mine Effect, that aimed to unlock some of the ‘secrets of high performance,’ Ankersen has since become the Chairman of FC Midtjylland and a Co-Director of Football at Brentford – two […]

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