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Drive understanding of underlying performance, playing styles and approaches using our advanced metrics.

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Our AI-driven advanced metrics are available in a range of formats to suit your requirements. Whether it’s through a our market-leading data feeds, editorial services or customisable widget platforms, start telling more informed, insightful stories.

Expected goals (xG)

Expected goals (xG) measures the quality of a shot based on several variables such as assist type, shot angle and distance from goal, whether it was a headed shot and whether it was defined as a big chance.

Adding up a player or team’s expected goals can give us an indication of how many goals a player or team should have scored on average, given the shots they have taken.

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Expected assists (xA)

Expected assists (xA) measures the likelihood that a given pass will become a goal assist. It considers several factors including the type of pass, pass end-point and length of pass.

Adding up a player or team’s expected assists gives us an indication of how many assists a player of team should have had based on their build up and attacking play.

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Sequences and possessions

Sequences are defined as passages of play which belong to one team and are ended by defensive actions, stoppages in play or a shot.

Possessions are defined as one or more sequences in a row belonging to the same team. A series of passes leading to a shot which is saved and results in a corner kick would comprise one possession since the same team retains control, but for more than one sequence, since the ball has gone out of play. A possession is ended by the opposition gaining control of the ball.

Opta records detailed event data to provide a snapshot of the action at any moment during a match. By combining consecutive events into sequences we’re able to gain more insight into a team’s playing style and an individual player’s contribution.

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Sequences Model Explainer ()

Defensive coverage

Defensive Coverage measures the area of defensive responsibility implied by a player’s defensive actions during a match. The corresponding output consists of a series of coordinates which define a polygon of the player’s defensive zone, as well as the area (in metres squared) of that zone.

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Edge Analysis key features

Advanced Set Play Analysis

Matches can be won or lost on set plays. Edge Analysis enables analysts to conduct in-depth analysis from every corner and attacking free kick routine utilised during the season, using tracking data, in a matter of minutes.

“Edge breaks down set play information more so than any product we currently have. It allows us to easily identify areas which are targeted and the success they have within this. It also provides individual data we use to back up video analysis.”

— Gerard Moore, Head of Analysis, West Bromwich Albion

  • Outcome analysis allows for identification of set-piece strengths and weaknesses.
  • Provides insights on delivery zones, types of deliveries, players’ running patterns and interactions to identify offensive or defensive strategies.
  • Identifies the zones generating the best quality chances, based on expected goals (xG).
  • Speeds up the set-piece analysis process.

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