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Ligue 1 season review published

By: Mike Morrison

OptaPro’s final 2018/19 season review identifies key insights on the standout performers from Ligue 1 in France.

This review applies advanced metrics to reveal valuable insights into performance, both at team and individual level. Findings derived from the Opta sequence framework offer an insightful look into team playing styles, both in and out of possession, whilst various metrics built on OptaPro’s xG model provides further insight into finishing ability in front of goal.

In addition, last season’s goalkeeping performances are ranked and measured against key metrics.

Key findings include:

– PSG demonstrated their ability to create high-quality scoring chances in open play, recording the league’s highest xG output.

– Relegated Guingamp struggled to keep the ball out of their own net in open play, conceding over 17 more goals than their xG projection. However only three sides ranked higher when assessing xG conceded from set plays.

– Nimes adopted a direct approach, recording the fewest passes per sequence, and ranking second for direct speed.

– The importance of Memphis Depay to Lyon was reflected in his chances created per 90 (2.11) and chances created per 100 passes (5.52).

You can read the full Ligue 1 review here.

This comprehensive analysis of French Ligue 1 adds to our extensive collection of season reviews, which include English Premier League and Championship, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga and Spanish La Liga. Alongside this, OptaPro has also published a review showcasing the performance of emerging talents across seven other European leagues.

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