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Weekly Football Data Analytics Roundup for March 27-April 2

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.

Tifo Football analyzes Aston Villa’s improvements

With 19 games as their manager and marked improvement throughout, it is correct to say that Steven Gerrard is good at his job. JJ Bull is joined by Maram AlBaharna, and they show with graphics and stats just how the club has improved, and what key factors have helped them.

A Pod About Tactics discusses scouting

Scouting is one of the most famous use cases of data, so it is no surprise that some people want to look even deeper at certain aspects of it. In their third episode, A Pod About Tactics discusses how tactical data matters for talent scouts, and how to use it.

Conte’s success put to numbers

Antonio Conte is another manager who has had a terrific year. Under his stewardship, Tottenham have seemingly increased their defensive capabilities by quite a bit. However, “seemingly” needs to be examined, and Matthew Hayes does just that, examining Conte’s work and the work of his club.

Women’s sports, examined through examination

Discussing the issue of audience for women’s sports, Steve McCaskill examines the issue of spectatorship. He argues, quite effectively, that the issue isn’t that people aren’t interested - it’s that there are very few attempts to show them to people.

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