Each week throughout 2020, Duncan Alexander (aka OptaJoe) will be writing an article for international sports betting operator Unibet, breaking down a range of topics and themes using Stats Perform’s Opta data. The series with Unibet provides bettors and sport fans with the ultimate did you know insight and new perspectives on the leagues, players and competitions they are passionate about.
You can find links to January’s pieces below.
Week 1: Record runs, Lingard’s lull and VAR: Duncan Alexander’s Review of the Premier League in 2019
Examining the 2019 Premier League season and the major storylines and themes which have captured the attention of fans and sport bettors alike. You can read the review here.
Week 2: Darth Mou: José Mourinho and the dark arts of spoiling the party
Examining some of Mourinho’s career highlights and party spoilers ahead of Liverpool’s trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. You can read the piece here.
Week 3: System of a club going down: The numbers have always been concerning for Burnley and Bournemouth
Examines two relegation-threatened Premier League teams, Burnley and Bournemouth, their associated numbers and what we can expect from a clash in Matchweek 23. Read Alexander’s thoughts here.
Week 4: The Pretenders: Who is best-placed to solve England’s (potential) Euro 2020 striking crisis?
With Euro 2020 fast approaching and England in somewhat of an injury crisis. Duncan reviews the options available to Gareth Southgate using Opta data and advanced metrics. See who makes the shortlist here.