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Thursday, May 5, 2011

COMPARING TEAM PERFORMANCE OF THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE, SERIE A AND LA LIGA

 

I would like to draw your attention to a recent paper published by Professor Joel Oberstone (Journal of Quantitative Research in Sports, 2011). The aim of his study was to examine the differences between the three leagues using statistical analysis. To do so, 18 game measures clustered in 5 groups (defending, goals attempted, passing, crossing and discipline) were analysed.

The main findings were
1) Serie A has a more attacking game than the English Premier League (EPL). They also score more and are the statistically significant best passing league of the three.
2) The EPL is the toughest marking (higher number of tackles) among the 3 leagues. It is interesting though that EPL has fewer fouls, yellow and red cards.
3) La Liga score more goals per game that the other 2 leagues. They also have the highest % of shots on target and also the highest rate of shots resulting in goals. It is the most attacking league.

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