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Shot Distribution (ISL 2020-21)

DISCLAIMER: A few shots are missing from NEUFC-HFC, BFC-SCEB and HFC-BFC games due to non-availability of streams. The overall effect on the analysis will be minimal/insignificant. The data/charts will be updated once the streams are back up again.

Key Pass Distribution (ISL 2020-21)

DISCLAIMER: A few shots are missing from NEUFC-HFC, BFC-SCEB and HFC-BFC games due to non-availability of streams. The overall effect on the analysis will be minimal/insignificant. The data/charts will be updated once the streams are back up again.

Player Comparisons (ISL)

A Pressing Issue Solved: How a Few Tweaks made MCFC one of the most dominant sides in ISL02-Apr-23SamarHow a few structural tweaks and better recruitment helped Mumbai City FC became one of the best pressing sides and arguably the best-ever team to grace the ISL.
Breaking down Buckingham22-Nov-22TejasA detailed tactical outlook on Des Buckingham's style of play, formation and team selection at Mumbai City FC.
Chhetri 4.0? What is the next Sunil Chhetri?31-Oct-22TejasThe point of this piece is not to get to the bottom of who the next Sunil Chhetri is. Instead, we’d like to pose the question, "What is the next Sunil Chhetri?"
Where is Simon Grayson's Bengaluru FC heading?04-Oct-22TejasA deep dive into Bengaluru FC's recruitment, formation, style of play using their Durand Cup run as a schema as they head into ISL 9.
AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022: India vs Iran In-Depth Analysis and Statistical Breakdown20-Jan-22The Away End Media DeskAFC Women's Asian Cup 2022: A detailed statistical outlook and an in-depth analysis of the India vs Iran game held on January 20, 2022.
Race for the Ultimate Golden Boot: Ferran Corominas vs Sunil Chhetri20-Dec-21ShlokThe race for the ultimate Golden Boot in the ISL resumes today as Bengaluru FC head out to face Jamshedpur FC tonight.
ISL 2021-22 Playoff Predictions: Finding Order in Chaos16-Dec-21AmritWith the ongoing season springing an air of unpredictability, here's a stat-driven take on playoff predictions and final finish probabilities.
Solving Juan Ferrando's Foreigner Puzzle: What Is FC Goa's Best Line-up?08-Dec-21Ritwik KhannaFC Goa's ISL season has gone off to a very bad start and manager Juan Ferrando needs solutions quickly, starting with his foreign players.
ISL 2021-22: ATK Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai City FC Tactical Analysis02-Dec-21ShlokA tactical deep dive into the showpiece match between ATK Mohun Bagan and Mumbai City FC where MCFC turned in a five-star performance.
2021 Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino: Tactical Analysis of Indian WNT versus Chile30-Nov-21ShlokHere's a statistical and tactical breakdown of the Four Nations Cup match between Indian Women's Football Team and Chile held on Nov. 29.
Player Analysis: Odisha FC's Spanish winger Aridai Cabrera23-Nov-21JoyanAhead of Odisha FC's season opener against Bengaluru FC, here's a look at Aridai Cabrera through a statistical and tactical looking glass.
ISL 2021-22 Preview: Profiling Goalkeepers in the Indian Super League17-Nov-21Ritwik KhannaGoalkeeper is the position where India has arguably the greatest depth given the structure of the league, but what is each keeper's strength?
The Towering Rise of Target Men in India16-Jul-21ShlokThe last two seasons saw an increase in the number of target men in the ISL. Shlok explains why in his inimitable, lucid style.
An Ode to Northeast United's Khalid Jamil15-Mar-21ShlokAmidst the Spaniards and Englishmen, there stands an Indian that cuts a sober and austere figure - no controversial remarks, no show of arrogance and always talking up his players.
Alberto Noguera: Player Profile05-Mar-21ShlokThe Spanish playmaker has been deployed in both offensive and defensive midfield positions and has taken the responsibility head-on.
ISL 2020-21: Kerala Blasters vs FC Goa - A Tactical Match Report25-Jan-21ShlokMatch report of the game between Kerala Blasters and FC Goa focussing on build-up play, rest defence, player rotations and set-piece tactics.
FC Goa Recruitment Analysis: How are they doing Post the Mass Exodus?27-Dec-20ShlokA look at FC Goa's recruitment over the years and if the league winners have adequately replaced the mass exodus of players from last season.
The False Promise of Jorge Costa24-Dec-20SamarA comprehensive tactical, statistical and analytical look at Mumbai City FC under Jorge Costa.
In Excess of xA: An Analysis of FC Goa's 2019-20 season10-Oct-20ShlokWe place 2019-20 League Winners FC Goa under the looking glass using our Expected Assists [xA] Heat Maps.
A Gooder, Harder Look at Expected Goals [xG]26-Jan-19Amrit
A Good, Hard Look at Expected Goals [xG]31-Dec-18Amrit
Introducing xA HeatMaps: 2019-20 ISL Champions ATK bring in the style and rein it in at will28-Sep-20ShlokUsing our Expected Assists [xA] HeatMap prototype, we analyse 2019-20 ISL Champions ATK in part 2 of our series.
Introducing xA HeatMaps: How Mumbai City FC fared in Attack and Defence in ISL 624-Sep-20ShlokIntroducing xA HeatMaps: Using Expected Assists (xA) heat maps, we analyse chance creation and defensive vulnerabilities of teams in the ISL. First up, Mumbai City FC.
Two to Tango: Adam Le Fondre and Bartholomew Ogbeche at Mumbai City FC - How Would They Work?12-Sep-20SamarAn analytical look at Mumbai City FC's new frontline recruits - Adam Le Fondre and Bartholomew Ogbeche ahead of the 2020-21 ISL.
ISL: Front Men Under the Microscope: Poachers and Advanced Forwards [Part II]09-Aug-20ShlokPart II of our analysis on ISL strikers focuses on poachers and advanced forwards and we also discuss the lack of playing time Indian strikers endure.
ISL: Front Men Under the Microscope: Target Men and No. 9s [Part I]08-Aug-20ShlokFrom Target Men to No. 9s, from Gyan-Valskis-Santana to Messi B and Sergio Castel, we analyse the different kinds of forwards plying their trade in the ISL
The Curious Case of Carles Cuadrat27-Jun-20ShlokIn this post, we explore the reasons behind BFC's dip in form in the 2019-20 season and if the Bengaluru FC Head Coach Carles Cuadrat is all that and more.
A Brief History of Time: A Vivisection of Indian NT's Footballing History by Numbers04-Jul-20AmritIn this post, I'm going to use the cold, hard world of facts to put the Indian National Team's footballing history under the scanner and will try and gauge the level of Indian football over the years.
ISL 2019-20: From the Vanguard to the Bulwark - Four Players who made the Transition16-May-20ShlokA statistical and analytical look at fullbacks in the ISL in comparison with players who made the transition from the attacking half of the pitch to the defensive half.
ISL 2019-20 Season: Centre-Back Comparison using Player Protractor30-Apr-20AbhishekWe looked up data on centre-backs playing in the ISL, adjusted it for possession and drew up what we'd like to call "Player Protractors" and analyzed it.
We've been at Sixes and Eights: Ahmed Jahouh and Paulo Machado05-Apr-20ShlokOne of ISL's finest imports, 31-year-old midfielder Ahmed Jahouh helped FC Goa to the League Winners Shield; however, with a move to Mumbai City FC on the cards, statistics suggest the Moroccan is in decline. We explain why and also explore how he would fit alongside Paulo Machado.
October 13 2018: International Friendly: China 0-0 India - Tactical Analysis14-Oct-18AmritIndia took on China in a "historic" friendly in Suzhou in what turned out to be an excruciating game for both sides. China repeatedly hammered shots at the Indian goal and, on one occasion, were mere centimetres from scoring what would have been a well deserved goal but just couldn't find their way in. Meanwhile, [...]
The Hero ISL 2018-19 State of The Season Address30-Oct-18AmritSeason 5 of the Hero Indian Super League is in full flow and I think it's finally time to start looking at some performance metrics to benchmark the teams. If you've been living under a rock, there's a stat called Expected Goals and I have my own model to calculate this for Indian football games. [...]
Blue Tigers Asia Cup 2019 Qualification Scenarios (And Bahrain Pre-Match Prediction)14-Jan-19AmritAfter putting out 2 amazing performances, India have 3 points and currently sit in 2nd place in Group A with a Goal Difference of +2. That puts India in a very strong position to qualify, with only a point needed for confirmation. The Blue Tigers are naturally a defensive side and getting at least a [...]
Quantifying Playing Styles in the Hero ISL - Part Two24-Mar-19AmritLast year, I took a shot at trying to use some basic box stats to identify a coach's playing style. I wanted to repeat that analysis this year but also improve the methodology a little. There were a couple of problems with the methodology I used last year, The first issue is that I arbitrarily [...]
The 2019-20 Hero ISL State of the Season Address21-Nov-19AmritIt's time to wrap up another disappointing international break, put heartbreaks in the past and look forward towards the rest of the ISL season. We are currently 4 games into the season, which is the perfect time to forecast how the season will move forward. First up, it would do well to look at how [...]
Chennaiyin FC 2019-20: Fury Road to the Final13-Mar-20ShlokFor the initial part of the current ISL season, it ominously looked like Chennaiyin FC would finish in the same place as the season before - bottom of the table.
Mumbai City FC's 2019-20 Season: A rough start, a hopeful run in the middle and an unfortunate decline11-Mar-20ShlokUnlike last year where they finished among the play-off positions, Mumbai City FC looked to be in limbo during the course of the season. Let's take a look at what changed this season.
Indian Football Team Head Coach Igor Štimac: First Impressions14-Oct-19AmritIt's been 7 games (and just under 5 months) since Igor Stimac took over as Head Coach of the Blue Tigers and that's probably just enough time to have an early peek under the hood of the Senior Men's National Team.
Tactical Analysis of the Current Indian National Women's Team20-Apr-19AmritThere are plenty of problems but nothing that is un-fixable. The Women's Team are actually better positioned than the Senior Men's team...
Tactical Preview: Chennai City FC & FC Goa: What's the Difference?08-Apr-19AmritAhead of the Hero Super Cup semi-final clash between Chennai City FC and FC Goa, here's a look at what makes them tick - two sides which are similar in philosophy, but differ in execution.
ISL 2018-19: Team Previews for the second half of the season26-Jan-19Amrit
I-League: How Floyd Pinto fixed the Indian Arrows: Tactical Analysis19-Jan-19AmritFloyd Pinto's Indian Arrows are a very, very, very under-rated side. The common consensus is that they're a walkover, but the current team has changed the narrative.
AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs UAE: Tactical Analysis14-Jan-19Amrit
AFC Asian Cup 2019: India vs UAE: Pre-Match Predictions & Tactics10-Jan-19AmritThe numbers say that it's going to be a horror movie tonight. Be prepared!
AFC Asian Cup 2019 - Thailand vs India - Tactical Analysis08-Jan-19AmritThe Indian Team has truly achieved something 'historic.' To win a game in a big tournament and to do it impressively is a fantastic result for the team.
Indian Team - AFC Asian Cup 2019 Predictions & Opposition Previews04-Jan-19AmritThe Blue Tigers are set to make their 4th appearance at the AFC Asian Cup and their first since 2011 on Sunday.
What's going wrong (but might be going right) at Mohun Bagan28-Dec-18AmritSony Norde's injury led to a blip in Mohun Bagan's form until their recent tactical revival under Sankarlal Chakraborty - but there is still room for improvement.
Indian Football: All Things Considered