This is the abstract submission I put together for the 2016 OPTA Pro analytics conference. Would you have been interested to hear the presentation?
Does analytics actually work? It is unquestionably cool and fashionable. But is it over-hyped? Is Moneyball a myth? And can sports teams learn anything from professional sports bettors?
The reigning English champions are languishing down at the foot of the league. What on earth has happened at Chelsea?
“Analytics don’t work at all. It’s just some crap that people who were really smart made up to try to get in the game because they had no talent.”
What does a football manager actually do? And how can we tell if he’s any good at it?
99% of people who bet on sport lose money over a long-term. Finding an edge to consistently beat the bookmakers is tough. Models can help.
Obeying the fundamental laws of football.
The mis-management of one of the world’s greatest football talents.