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Which Goals Matter? The High Value of Transition Play in the Premier League

While some goals are certainly more beautiful than others, do some actually matter more than others? I’ve been trying get a bead on this question in part by comparing the relative value of goals created in different ways. My earlier analysis of&nb… Read more ›

The Corner Kings: Blackpool’s (Almost) Saving Grace

I’ve been looking for a positive way to say goodbye to Blackpool who were relegated after playing a single spirited and entertaining season in the Premier League. So here’s my swan song for the Tangerines.Corners are neither the most common nor the mos… Read more ›

Why Wigan Were the Most Unusual Team of the Season: Goal Creation in the Premier League in 2010/11

Roberto Martinez has been in the news quite a bit lately, and for all the right reasons, it seems. His Latics managed to avoid relegation, and he was courted heavily by Aston Villa. He said no, apparently out of loyalty:”Over the last two years the cha… Read more ›

Why Wigan Were the Most Unusual Team of the Season: Goal Creation in the Premier League in 2010/11

Roberto Martinez has been in the news quite a bit lately, and for all the right reasons, it seems. His Latics managed to avoid relegation, and he was courted heavily by Aston Villa. He said no, apparently out of loyalty:”Over the last two years the cha… Read more ›

Where Did Premier League Goals Come From in 2010/11?

As you may know from reading this blog, I’ve been digging through some of the Opta/Guardian Chalkboards data on shot and goal creation in the Premiership and I finally had the time to take a quick look at some of the season totals to update the numbers… Read more ›

Where Did Premier League Goals Come From in 2010/11?

As you may know from reading this blog, I’ve been digging through some of the Opta/Guardian Chalkboards data on shot and goal creation in the Premiership and I finally had the time to take a quick look at some of the season totals to update the numbers… Read more ›

The Uselessness of Free Kicks in the Premier League

If you’ve been reading this blog these last few weeks, you know that I’ve been spending way too much time digging through data on shot creation in the Premier League with the help of the Opta/Guardian chalkboards. But I can’t quite help myself, so… Read more ›

Which Shots Are Most Efficient? Creating Goals From Different Kinds of Shots in the EPL

A few days ago, I took a look at the origins of goals in the first half of this year’s Premier League season to see what we can learn about the connection between different match situations (defined as open play, corners, fast breaks, penalties, a… Read more ›

Where Do Goals Come From? Shot Creation and Goals in the Premier League

Goals don’t just happen – they are made. Both on offense and defense, teams control how they deploy their resources (speak: players) on the pitch, and they make tactical choices about how to attack and defend. Some rely more on fast breaks, while other… Read more ›