This is an “Opposition analysis” of QPR, City’s opponent on Saturday 1st September at the Etihad Stadium. I used the #MCFCAnalytics Lite data set to do this analysis. QPR – Offense Goals scored 16th Headed goals 10 – 4th in the League 24.4% of their goals are from headers Poor shooting efficiency from outside the [...] Read more ›
Back to our friend Mr Co Adriaanse who, around nine months ago, coined the term ‘rank journalism’. I agree entirely with Adriaanse that this phenomenon exists but not in the way that he described. This is what he said, as … Continue reading &… Read more ›
One of the challenges of the recently released Premiership data is trying to marry the figures to on field incidents while at the same time avoiding drawing misleading conclusions because of lack of context or lack of extra detail. Passes and pass comp… Read more ›
Question: Is there a correlation between passing in the final third and the goals scored? I used the #MCFCAnalytics data set to find the answer. Analysis Plot of Total # of completed passes in the final vs. Goals scored for all the 20 teams in the 2011-12 season of the Barclays Premier League Findings: Linear [...] Read more ›
Santi Cazorla moved to Málaga at the beginning of the 2011-12 season. The fortunes of Villarreal nose-dived culminating in relegation. Exactly the opposite happened at Málaga. Relegation candidates in 2010-11, Málaga finished fourth in 2011-12, qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in the history of the club. Cazorla moved to Arsenal a [...] Read more ›
I recently wrote a blog post for the Betting Expert site about a simple model I created attempting to predict the outcome of football matches using only very simple statistics.
You can read the full blog post here.
I wanted to point out on here so… Read more ›
So, Co Adriaanse’s phrase sums up the phenomenon of luck in a single match beautifully for me. We’ve all seen plenty of matches in which luck played a major part in the final result. Simply put, the best team doesn’t … Continue reading → Read more ›
I’ve never tried my hand at archery except on the Wii and I strongly suspect that competence on the video version doesn’t adequately equip you for the real thing. Therefore, should I be lucky enough to be allowed to challenge an Olympic archer it would… Read more ›
I love the term ‘scoreboard journalism’ which was originated by then-AZ head coach Co Adriaanse in 2003. The imposition of a narrative after the fact is something which I have always been fascinated by and Adriaanse’s term describes this perfectl… Read more ›
A largely uneventful Premiership clash between Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and Tony Pulis’ Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday was partly enlivened by the pregame war of words between the two respective managers. Their antipathy towards each othe… Read more ›