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The Premier League season no one saw coming

The maths that shows that football can’t be predicted. By David Sumpter, Professor of Applied Mathematics and author of Soccermatics With assistance from Simon Gleave, author of the Scoreboard Journalism blog The Premier League has been turned upside down this … Continue reading

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How are your prediction skills?

The competition is now closed but you can still order David’s book and get a 25% discount with the link in this article. Around a year ago I met, in a virtual sense, David Sumpter, a professor of mathematics at … Continue reading

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Eurovision: Impressive highlights but the full story?

Just like last year, a Scoreboard Journalism team convened to publish a prediction for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. This forecast not only selected the correct top-3 nations again but also the bottom-3. The associated blog suggested that Ukraine had a … Continue reading

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Forecasting Eurovision: Russia to win

Well, there is nothing like predicting the 1-2-3 of something in the correct order to put the pressure on the next time you have to forecast the same thing. However, last year’s Eurovision Song Contest projection included the use of … Continue reading

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England, here we go again

For most of us, it is a familiar pattern dating back many years or even decades. England’s footballers pull off an impressive result in a friendly or qualification before a major tournament and the hype begins. Famous figures are quoted … Continue reading

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China joins England as biggest annual transfer spenders

This post is a collaboration between Scoreboard Journalism and Show Legend. The data is sourced from Transfermarkt.com. The Chinese Super League begins this weekend and, as we showed here, Chinese clubs have become a major force on the international transfer … Continue reading

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West Brom underdogs in “giantkilling” for third time

The most immediately eye-catching result of this year’s FA Cup fifth round has to be Reading’s 3-1 defeat of Premier League West Bromwich Albion. Reading are languishing in 16th position in the Championship while West Brom look all but safe … Continue reading

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