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by Mike CarterData Analysis driving soccer viewing

Soccer fans know that the outcome of a match doesn’t always reflect what transpired on the pitch. Talking heads have long debated whether a team was lucky to win or unlucky to lose, often with little substantial proof to argue against the scoreboard. 

The expected goals statistic (xG) has changed that, equipping soccer enthusiasts with a metric for “what should've happened.”

Calculating the xG is far from an exact science, however. To help break it all down, read this great story on how Data-Driven Analysis is Changing Soccer from our partner, The18.com.

Note: This post is courtesy of Code Four Athletics Soccer Uniforms, a Seattle area-based soccer specialty brand of soccer uniforms, soccer jerseys , warm-ups and soccer gear. Visit their online soccer store to see their entire selection of gear, or call toll free 1-888-411-3687. Thank you.

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