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The Tomkins Times - Sun Oct 15 8:39 AM
While it’s difficult to enjoy facing a plucky six-at-the-back bargain basement team who are fighting relegation and playing for their futures in the sport, watching The New Man United was a different experience. They’ve been completely reinvented this season they told me; jaws on the ground, asto...
The Tomkins Times - Sat Oct 14 3:33 PM
Of course, Jose Mourinho loves a 0-0 at Anfield. He’s a genius because he can take a team costing over £500m after inflation and have them play like West Brom. It takes some doing. No normal coach can do that. You have to be special. And his tactics weren’t even that effective, as Liverpool creat...
The Tomkins Times - Fri Oct 13 1:57 PM
This week’s posts selected by Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes. 1 – Dan Kennett responding to Andrew Beasley’s Non-Shot Expected Goals (NSXG) article: A nice introduction to a complex topic. “how can we measure something that doesn’t happen” is the holy grail for defensive analytics in dynamic tea...
The Tomkins Times - Thu Oct 12 12:18 PM
By Gary Fulcher & Daniel Rhodes. After a promising start to the season, Liverpool’s fortunes have nosedived recently and right on queue the international break has delivered another kick to the nuts with Sadio Mané set to miss around nine matches due to a hamstring injury picked up while playing...
The Tomkins Times - Wed Oct 11 1:01 PM
By The Secret Pundit Per Dantic ‘That’s something they’ve practised on the training ground’ That’s one of the ‘go-to’ phrases for the commentators. Mostly you’ll hear them say it after a free-kick routine. Very occasionally they’ll say it about a corner routine. They save it for when we’ve just s...
The Tomkins Times - Tue Oct 10 12:22 PM
At the beginning of this season, a website popped up out of nowhere called Understat.com. This meant, for the first time in the public arena, we could look at the expected goal and assist data from individual players rather than only on a team level. For clarity, here’s the definition provided on...
The Tomkins Times - Mon Oct 9 12:24 PM
The expansion, development and wider acceptance of expected goals (‘xG’) continues to grow apace. As much as it’s great to be able to quantify the value of shots, not every brilliant attack results in an attempt at goal. I wrote recently on how Stratagem collect ‘dangerous moments’ in their shot...