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Weekly Football Data Analytics round-up for April 17-23

Football Analytics Weekly Round-up

A lot happens in football analytics that doesn’t fit into our normal articles, but is worth knowing about anyway. The many incredible analysts who put their work up online should be noticed, and we’d like to point out a few pieces you may have missed on a weekly basis.

Stephen Russell analyzes Ange Postecoglou’s management

There is a lot of value in different methods of measurement. Stephen Russell has his own: xPoints. He uses them, and other metrics, to analyze how the new Celtic manager has changed the team, and how it has improved under his guidance. It is an in-depth data-oriented look at how a club can change under new management.

Liam Henshaw explains how to get into analytics

A very common question in football analytics is “how do you start”. Liam Henshaw answers that question, explaining good first steps to take, resources to use, and courses to learn with. The article is a great starting point for anyone looking to round out what they know or begin analytics with fresh eyes.

Ali Tweedale explains defensive transitions

The most volatile part of a match is the transition, and Tweedale explains them on The Coaches’ Voice. He doesn’t just explain what it is, but also how teams react to them, and what teams are very good at them. It is a core concept in football, and this article is helpful for anyone who could use that refresher.

Elliott Stapley examines consistency

One of the difficulties in analyzing a player’s successful season is whether it’s just that: A season. Stapley, writing for Analytics FC, discusses how to look at a player over time, and whether an improvement can be a fluke or an improvement. Using the test case of Conor Gallagher, Stapley examines how metrics matter, and how to chart consistency.

Did we miss something? Do you see something for a later round-up? Let us know!

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