Joel Oberstone

Joel Is an avid football and modern jazz fanatic. He sees the connection between the improvisational elements of each ... the connection between Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi as well as Miles Davis and Bill Evans. He wrote a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal Sports Europe between 2010 and 2011 using a demystified style of sports analytics to explain the details of football performance. Joel is a professor of Business Analytics at the University of San Francisco, School of Management. He is also an ardent fan of writers Mick Dennis, Barney Ronay, and Jonathan Wilson and the never-ending word wizardry of former Newcastle United midfielder Ray Hudson in his La Liga match calls and commentary.

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Who Are The Top Goal Scoring Threats in the EPL? Stats Comparison

Who Are The Top Goal Scoring Threats in the EPL? Stats Comparison

Spoiler alert! Luis Suarez is a terrific goal scorer. No mystery here. So what else is new? So, you think you’ve got it nailed down? You know who the other truly great goal scoring threats in the EPL are? Don’t be so sure, because the EPLIndex database of Opta statistics is going to shock you! No Easy Goals: PKs and Set Play Specialists Go Home! The top ten or eleven goals scorers—those players that have scored at least ten open-play …
The Strange Disappearing Act of  Fernando Torres | Stats Analysis

The Strange Disappearing Act of Fernando Torres | Stats Analysis

Only a few years ago El Niño was a six-foot-one blond teenage lightning-bolt that made La Liga fullbacks play on their back foot over the entire 90 minutes of each match in fear of being burned by one of his amazingly well-timed, onside runs that more often than not would end in an embarrassing goal at their expense. When Fernando Torres was at Atlético Madrid, the then peach-faced teenager terrorised every team in La Liga and everyone knew that it …
Chelsea’s Lukaku Dilemma: “The Daniel Sturridge Redux”

Chelsea’s Lukaku Dilemma: “The Daniel Sturridge Redux”

What has six legs, takes about 200 minutes to score a goal, and will be permanently changing their Stamford Bridge address this summer? Give up? The collective skills of Chelsea forwards Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres, and Demba Ba. [caption id="attachment_51589" align="aligncenter" width="509"] Current Chelsea strike force of Eto'o, Ba, Torres (left to right)[/caption] That’s probably not humorous to many—but the productivity number is accurate and the forecast is a good bet. It’s embarrassing that Chelsea’s top scorer is their brilliant …
Mourinho’s Matter with Mata: The Rapidly Discounted Importance of Juan

Mourinho’s Matter with Mata: The Rapidly Discounted Importance of Juan

“I’m sorry I couldn't make Juan a stronger player.”
Not the selection of words one would enjoy any manager choosing to use to describe you. It’s understandable, then, that Juan Mata got the hint that his future was no longer with Chelsea. So, on January 26th, Juan Mata made successful his escape from Chelsea and approved a £37.1m transfer deal to Manchester United. No longer would he be asked to patrol the outer reaches of the Chelsea right …
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in 2013/14 | A Statistical Comparison

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in 2013/14 | A Statistical Comparison

There has been considerable talk about the 35-year old Frank Lampard leaving Chelsea at the end of the current season as part of the Jose Mourinho house-cleaning that might also include John Terry and Ashley Cole. In fact, rumours of Lampard joining the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS have been spread over the past two seasons. Furthermore, the recent run of injuries Steven Gerrard has been accumulating over three of the past four seasons serves as a nagging reminder …
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