‘The Football Fanalytics Podcast’ is a brand new show in which two massive football fans, Ryan Bailey (TV Producer, Paul Scholes enthusiast) and Mark Carey (Football Analytics Blogger, Per Mertesacker lookalike) combine their love of the game with their knowledge of football statistics and data analytics. Each week, the Fanalytics Pod will be tackling (two-footed!) a variety of football topics. From player profiles and performance stats to manager’s tactics and playing styles. But this is not just a podcast full of numbers! We will be looking at all of the above from the fan’s point of view.
Episode 21 - Talking Transfers
This week we are keeping things topical and discussing the January transfer market! It’s that time of year where clubs may be looking for a quick fix to address their injury problems, or to give their squad a much-needed boost heading into the second half of the season.In Episode 21 we take a look at some potential transfers that a few Premier League clubs may be interested in. To do that, we are delving back into the Twenty3 Content Toolbox and exploring their fantastic ‘Discover’ tool.
Episode 20 - Maximising the Market
It’s a new year, and we are back with a new episode!In Episode 20, we discuss a recent analysis from Mark, who had the pleasure of working with a Championship football club. The aim was to support the club in their recruitment strategy, and understand how a player’s performance metrics translate when moving from one league to another.How much does the change in league strength influence a player’s performance? Does the change in league style affect this further? We discuss how you can use analytics to answer these questions, and help to minimise mistakes in the transfer market.Mark’s Blog:https://careyanalytics.wordpress.com/2020/12/27/maximising-the-market-can-we-better-predict-player-performance-between-leagues/
Episode 19 - A Closer Look into ‘Expected Threat’
After a short break, we’re back with a fanalytics bang this week!In Episode 19, we discuss an innovative model that is highly regarded in the analytics community, called Expected Threat (xT). Introduced originally by Karun Singh, this model is a hugely interesting way to look at the value of possession in any area of the pitch, and the future rewards it can bring in resulting in a goal in the next five actions. Where does the opposition create their most dangerous opportunities? How can we reward players who are creative but don't necessarily get the assist? This model finds the hidden value which can’t be found by other metrics.Bio links:Karun’s xT Blog: https://karun.in/blog/expected-threat.html; Karun’s Statsbomb Presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE3sUVCIwfA&ab_channel=StatsBomb
Episode 18 - Injury Time
It’s Episode 18, and with the international break now behind us for this calendar year, it is back to the packed schedule of club football until Christmas. But with the injury list growing at a rapid rate for so many teams, we discuss the cost that brings to the quality of football on display.With Joe Gomez the most recent high-profile player to be struck down by injury, Liverpool will be forced to think creatively with their latest centre-back pairing. We use the Twenty3 Discover Tool to look at a number of players who could fit the style and profile of a Liverpool defender.Bio links:Tom Worville article: https://theathletic.co.uk/2156560/2020/10/24/liverpool-january-transfer-centre-backs-analysis/; Twenty3 Discover Tool Blog: https://www.twenty3.sport/twenty3-discover-tool/; Sam McGuire Blog: https://marginalpains.substack.com/p/the-players-who-could-solve-liverpools?r=bha1y&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email&utm_source=twitter
Episode 17 - The View From...John Murray
A huge episode for the podcast this week, where we had the delight of speaking with senior commentator and Football Correspondent for BBC Radio 5 Live, John Murray.We chatted with John about his approach to commentary, his preparation ahead of each game, and even got him to reveal the best game he has ever commentated on! We also discuss John’s view on the use of data and statistics within broadcasting, and where he feels there is an “overstatification” within football. Definitely not an episode to be missed!
Episode 16 - No Crowd, No Problem
With this week’s lockdown 2.0 news, the prospect of getting fans back in the stadium looks increasingly unlikely in the near future! In Episode 16, we take a slightly sharp turn to chat about the effect of the crowd towards player performance. Does the crowd affect the physiological responses in players? How does the absence of a crowd influence home advantage? We discuss the above, and look at the contrasting fortunes of some Premier League teams so far, in their home vs. away form.Bio Links:Barca Innovation Hub: https://barcainnovationhub.com/how-can-playing-without-an-audience-affect-the-match-result/; Twenty3 Flank Attacks: https://www.twenty3.sport/what-is-a-flank-attacks-visualisation/