English Premier League – Mid-table Maidens or Muppets?

Like the La Liga article this week I'll be taking a look at some mid-table maidens and muppets. And yes, I'm breaking down this week and offering up some analysis on Manchester United. I've delayed long enough I guess so I'll take a peak at them along with Tottenham, Crystal Palace, West Brom, Stoke City,... Continue Reading →

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La Liga…. Thru Week 6; Establishing a stronger position or early signs of fading away?

Being mid-table - a glass half-full - or a glass half-empty? Still just six weeks in, but there are trends that can be offered with six games, so for this week's focus I'll look in on Rayo Vallecano, Almeria (who I looked at in Week 3 also), and Granada. Respectively those teams are 9th, 10th,... Continue Reading →

Expected Wins V3 MLS, EPL, Bundesliga, LaLiga, WC 2014

If you've read these two previous articles, Expected Wins and Expected Wins 2, you know I look at how teams perform, on average, (win, lose, or draw) with respect to my primary data collection points for Possession with Purpose. What will be added, in Version 3 (V3), will be a compare and contrast between all the... Continue Reading →

Possession with Purpose – Revised Introduction

It's time to offer up another revised version of my Possession with Purpose Analysis. My intent here is to: Provide an update that may help simplify this effort, and Update new links to articles most have found to be of great interest in the last year. To begin... Possession with Purpose (PWP): The End State,... Continue Reading →

World Conference on Science and Soccer – My Presentation on Possession with Purpose

Roughly 10 days before the Kickoff to the first ever World Conference on Science and Soccer held in the United States I got a phone call from the Conference President and Coordinator Terry Favero asking me if I was interested in making a presentation on Possession with Purpose. To say the least I was pleasantly... Continue Reading →

PWP thru Week 12 + Home or Away who’s better/worse in PWP?

If you've been following my Possession with Purpose and Expected Wins articles/streaming research you should know by now that the data had a pretty strong correlation to the MLS League Tables last year. So how do things look for PWP at this stage in the MLS this year?   A few thoughts.... It's early days... Continue Reading →

Expected Wins 2 – After 184 Events (10 Weeks of MLS Games)

Hopefully most of you read Part I of my series on Expected Wins in Major League Soccer. As a quick reminder the Expected Wins analysis is my internal data quality review on the seven data points I use to support my quantitative Possession with Purpose analysis; the stronger the correlation these data points have the... Continue Reading →

Possession with Purpose – An introduction and some explanations…

If you’ve been following me the last 2-3 years, through Columbian Newspaper, out of southern Washington, you’ll know that I’ve been researching data with the intent of creating some Indices to analyze "team performance" in Major League Soccer. The initial version of my Possession with Purpose approach was published on 10 February, 2013 on the Columbian... Continue Reading →

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