Each week we partner with the excellent Fanfeud to produce the “FPL Show” podcast. This week we have an amazing line up of sports professionals. We talk to:
- a professional football data analyst who uses stats to find real life player transfers for football clubs;
- a professional football coach who uses stats in player training to help improve player performance;
- a university professor who uses stats to optimise FPL teams
all who will hopefully give you Fantasy Premier League insight that you can’t find anywhere else.
We also answer your burning questions, looking at replacements for Aguero, if you should look to United given the good run of games, and if Southampton are underrated. Lastly, we review the RMT Adviser’s algorithm team in the Elite 50 game for December.
This week’s show starred
- Joel Becker, a professional data analyst at Analytics FC, a Football Analytics Consultancy that specialises in using data to help teams gain a competitive edge. Joel has provided football analytics to DecTech, Brentford FC, Midtjylland FC & Bristol City FC. He’s been blogging and vlogging about football for many years and you can find his work on twitter @ AnalyticsFC or @ messiseconds, and you can find his vlog on You Tube at messiseconds
- Darian Wilken, a professional coach and tactical analyst for AmaZulu FC a professional club in South Africa. He was also the Technical Director at “Education Through Soccer”, an organisation dedicated to developing young players into professional footballers. Darian has written coaching articles for “the sideline review.com” in the past, including on how “El Rondo” can be better used in training drills. Darian can be found on twitter @ coachdarian
- Gopal Ramchurn, is Associate Professor at the University of Southampton. He specialises in the application of Predictive Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, especially in Smart Grids, Disaster Response and Fantasy Football. Research that Gopal and his team underwent in 2012 produced the embryonic Rate My Team machine, as used on Fantasy Football First.co.uk. You can find Gopal @ gramchurn
Thank you all for being on the show.