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What is the error margin of goal line technology?

During the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Fulham on April 5, Lewis Holtby had a shot which was cleared off the line and adjudicated on by the goal line technology used by the league. Plenty of opinions were … Continue reading

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Updated: Is this season’s Manchester United really Everton in disguise?

There was an error in the second graphic in the original post. This has now been corrected and the post updated. It leads to a slightly different conclusion. I have also added the lines for the rest of the season. … Continue reading

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538 bracket coverage doesn’t differentiate itself from old media

Currently the top story on Nate Silver’s relaunched media venture fivethirtyeight.com suggests that the odds of entering a perfect March Madness bracket are much much better than many people think. The problem is that the headline is misleading at best. … Continue reading

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The FA Cup ‘giantkillings’ that never were

FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic beat Crystal Palace in this year’s FA Cup fourth round, a match which seemed to sow doubt in the minds of some reporters in terms of how they should present a result which would normally … Continue reading

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What is a giantkilling?

The 2013-2014 FA Cup fourth round is in full swing with Arsenal’s 4-0 victory against Coventry City and Nottingham Forest’s goalless draw with Preston North End already consigned to the history books. Part of the romance of a cup competition … Continue reading

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Manchester City kings of the big matches

Matches against the Superior 7 this season do not produce the same neat clusters as were presented in the previous post on matches against the Threatened 13. Obviously this is partially due to less matches being played and it remains … Continue reading

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Arsenal on target for title via results against Threatened 13

My last post introduced the concept of The Superior 7 and the Threatened 13 in the Premier League. Now that the competition is moving into its business end, it is instructive to have a look at how these different match-ups … Continue reading

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Introducing the Superior 7 and the Threatened 13

Recent Premier League seasons have confirmed the existence of two echelons within the league. Results of matches within and between these groups are very useful for monitoring the important issues within the league and some interesting conclusions can be drawn. … Continue reading

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Don’t shoot, you can’t score: Newcastle’s empty chamber

Voetbalreizen Engeland Last Saturday, I attended a Premier League match in person for the first time in many years with DFDS taking me from the Netherlands to the fixture between Newcastle United and Norwich City. The home club dominated but still … Continue reading

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Are France bad or just unlucky?

France’s 2-0 defeat in the Ukraine suggests that they will not qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It is therefore likely that France will be the only former World Cup winners absent from the competition but are France … Continue reading

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