Goals Scored Week 1 EPL 2017-2018


I am monitoring the goals scored in the EPL 2017-2018 season. I am using secondary data from worldfootball.net.

I have two specific interests in monitoring goals scored:

  • When are goals scored?
  • What is the outcome of scoring first?

In week 1 of the EPL season, 31 goals were scored. There were eight wins, one score draw and one 0v0 draw.

When are goals scored?

I use 15 minute game intervals for the timing of goals scored. My record for week 1 is:

Scoring the first goal

Eight of the ten games played in week 1 were won by the team scoring first. Watford scored first in their 3v3 draw with Liverpool.

The eight teams that scored first and won were divided equally between home (4) and away (4) teams. Arsenal, Everton, West Brom and Manchester United scored first at home. Burnley, Huddersfield, Manchester City and Tottenham scored first away from home.

Photo Credit

Scramble (Matthew Wilkinson, CC BY 2.0)

Developing resources for #abbotsthon17

The banner for the Knowledge Exchange Conference to be held in Dubli, October 2017

I was in Dublin last week and had the opportunity to meet Alan Swanton, Performance Analyst Lead, and Daragh Sheridan, Head of Capability and Expertise, at Sport Ireland Institute.

Alan has made a brave decision to invite me to participate in the HPX 2017 Knowledge Exchange Conference in Dublin in October. I am delighted that Daragh supported Alan’s decision.

My participation has two parts. The first is a one day hackathon (#abbotsthon17) with performance analysts on 5 October the day before the start of the conference. The second is a presentation on the first morning of the conference. It is titled Performance Analysis and Data Analytics – Are we there yet?  (There is a draft of the presentation on Google Slides.)

This blog post is a place holder for resources I am developing for the workshop and conference. It is connected also to a MailChimp autoresponder idea for the workshop.

By coincidence, shortly after my meeting with Alan and Daragh I saw Oisin Kelly’s sculpture, the Chariot of Life. The publicart.ie website notes:

Kelly’s large copper-bronze sculpture depicts the figure of a charioteer said to represents reason controlling the emotions.

This seems a great starting point for a conversation about performance analysis.

A photograph of Oisin Kelly's sculpture 'The Chariot of Life', Dublin.

Photo Credit

Chariot of Life (Keith Lyons, CC BY 4.0)

Mastodon: Sharing R Resources

I am delighted I have a Mastodon account (@KeithLyons). It provides a 500 character space for each toot.

It came to my help today.

I follow Mara Averick (@dataandme) on Twitter. I have been offline for a couple of days and found a treasure trove of links on her account.

I posted this:

I had hoped to use David Libeau’s WordPress plugin to post my toot in the way that Twitter is embedded … but that remains a work in progress.

The links Mara shared that are of direct relevance to #cssia17 included:

R powered web applications with Shiny (a tutorial and cheat sheet with 40 example apps)

“Creating and running simple web applications is relatively easy and there are great resources for doing this. But when you want more control of the application functionality understanding the key concepts is challenging. To help you navigate the creation of satisfying Shiny applications we’ve assembled example code below that demonstrates some of the key concepts.”