For his first article for Modern Fitba, Jordan Campbell identifies Rangers midfield as an area where they could improve on this season.
St. Johnstone have seemed to pick up the nickname “Sexy St. Johnstone” so far this season and much of it is due to the play of new signing Matty Kennedy.
Armed with the mystique powers of Expected Goals, Christian Wulff uses advanced statistics to predict what is likely to happen in the remainder of the SPFL Premiership season.
@fitbainscotland looks at whether the imminent arrival of David Vanecek at Hearts further indicates that there are calculated risks to be taken by looking further a field?
@TheGersReport revisits some of the forward prospects touted by his Age-Adjusted goal rates to find that some Scottish Premiership clubs may be missing out on a new generation of goal scorers.
@TheGersReport examination of the passing stats for the centre backs for both Rangers & Celtic in Europa League play has one clear outlier & it’s Connor Goldson.
Scott Sinclair has seemingly regressed each season at Celtic. Can the Englishman still contribute to the Bhoys domestically and in Europe?
Which of the top goal scorers should see their rates continue? Which players may go awhile without scoring again? Who’s not on this list, but may very well be very soon? @TheGersReport attempts to figure it all out.
@TheGersReport releases his weekly Projected League Table & uses it as an opportunity to look for ways in which Jim McIntyre may be able to salvage Dundee’s chances of staying up this season
We have a new leader in the Projected League Table & a new team returning to the bottom of the standings. Meanwhile, some clear trends are forming with a handful of other clubs.
Since last season, Kilmarnock continue to impress on the pitch, much in thanks to the play of Jordan Jones. We compare the Northern Ireland attacking midfielder’s stats to the rest of the league and see his numbers sit among some of the big names in the position in Scotland.
@TheGersReport presents his updated Projected League Table & it’s beginning to look like Livingston is a pretty safe bet to stay in the top six this season. Not bad for a club who was playing in League One a year & a half ago.
The new Projected League Table sees a new, “surprise” team at the top of the table as @TheGersReport stumbles upon a weekly column.
‘How can I use xG to determine the expected outcome of a game?’ was the question that took @FitbaInScotland from having a passing interest in analytics, into actually writing about it. The answer to the question is xP or Expected Points.
An updated Projected League Table applying a model created by @TheGersReport sees Rangers moving in the right direction & indicators that Kilmarnock are on the verge of another winning run.
Dougie Wright looks at Rangers’ Europa League group stage rivals.
Which sides are best at limiting the oppositions Possession Efficiency and which sides are as watertight as a sieve? @FitbaInScotland uses Per Possession statistics to establish just that.
Seth Dodson takes xWP a step further by introducing the concept of residual win percentage or rWP, the difference between actual win percentage and xWP.
@TheGersReport introduces his new Projected Points table. This will be an ongoing feature at Modern Fitba. In this initial post, we will highlight how these kinds of projections can help teams make necessary adjustments by highlighting the struggles hidden in Rangers underlying numbers
Which team make the most of their possession. What’s the point of having a lot of possession if you don’t do anything with it? A statistical look into which teams are impotent in possession and which teams play…virile football…
Players get labeled “great finishers” or “poor finishers” all the time, & the reality is that it is very rarely based on actual facts. Often these labels are simply based on the most recent (or famous) memory of the player. @TheGersReport examines the underlying numbers that help define a “great finisher.”
Today’s center back is required to be as proficient on the ball as they are defending. Which SPFL center back’s have the best passing metrics in Scotland?
In his ongoing series of looking at Defensive Third Exits, @TheGersReport tracked a couple of young center-backs (John Souttar & Jack Hendry) & was thoroughly impressed by the play of Peter Haring.
Hibernian meet Norwegian foes Molde in the third round of Europa League qualifying. With a talented young group of attackers, Molde are a formidable foe. What can Hibs do to try and beat their Eliteserien competition and what should they be weary of?:
@TheGersReport uses Defensive Third Exits to highlight just how good Ryan Jack was against Aberdeen, while also identifying ways that may make Connor Goldson even more effective as a defender for Rangers.
After rebooting him over the summer, we’ve plugged our SPFL Projection model B.U.R.L.E.Y. back in and he printed out his projected SPFL Premiership table for the 2018-2019 season.
@FitbaInScotland isn’t a fan of Average Squad Age so seeks to find an alternative using ‘Peak Age’ to show how clubs player ages are distributed
@TheGersReport plays around with Projected Goals to see which teams & players are due to see an increase or decrease in goal scoring next season.
In this second part of a series exploring how statistical analysis of other leagues can help identify potential players for Scottish clubs, Christian Wulff set his eyes on Switzerland.
A look at how Rangers center backs handled transitioning the ball out of the defensive third in their big European win over NK Osijek