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The Double Pivot: Soccer analysis, analytics, and commentary

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Soccer analysis, analytics, and commentary with hosts Mike Goodman and Michael Caley

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Soccer analysis, analytics, and commentary with hosts Mike Goodman and Michael Caley

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Expert analysis and use of data to discuss quality of performance

By Mshadri aka Docshadroc - Mar 08 2019
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Highly recommended. If you like new age stats, this is for you.

cmon

By Jk12353688556 - Sep 20 2018
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why is there so much goddamn dead air

iTunes Ratings

198 Ratings
Average Ratings
162
20
6
3
7

Expert analysis and use of data to discuss quality of performance

By Mshadri aka Docshadroc - Mar 08 2019
Read more
Highly recommended. If you like new age stats, this is for you.

cmon

By Jk12353688556 - Sep 20 2018
Read more
why is there so much goddamn dead air

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The Double Pivot: Soccer analysis, analytics, and commentary

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Soccer analysis, analytics, and commentary with hosts Mike Goodman and Michael Caley

Rank #1: Spurs are frauds, but at least Serie A just got interesting!

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The magic of the F.A. Cup is all anyone in the world is talking about, so the two Mikes are joining in. They wax poetic on Southampton's demise, Mourinho's good and bad days, Spurs' frustration and Chelsea at their best. Then, they turn their attention to what has suddenly become a riveting race for the Coppa Campioni d'Italia.

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Apr 25 2018

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Rank #2: Regression and the battle for Top 4 in England

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Spurs, United, Arsenal and Chelsea are in a bit of a scrum for the final two Champions League spots, so who's best positioned, and who's playing well at the right time? The two Mikes dive in. 

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Mar 14 2019

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Rank #3: Is this Neymar deal for real? Plus, what the Premier League's Top 6 remaining needs

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There's some stupid money being thrown around, and the two Mikes can't even get a cut. PSG is prepared to pay a massive amount of money for Neymar, which certainly presents the question of whether he's worth it. Furthermore, would anything short of a Champions League title constitute a failure if the French giants get their man? As a chaser, the guys take a quick look at what's left for England's best teams to accomplish in the final month of the transfer window.

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Aug 01 2017

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Rank #4: Football and Race, Chelsea and Man City, Relegation

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We talk about the questions of race and racism in sports media that Raheem Sterling has helped surface, about why it's necessary to think critically about race simply to do soccer analysis well, and then over to the weirdness of Chelsea - Man City and why are Chelsea so good at defending sometimes... and finally the relegation scrap. A lot in here! Caley got to talk about discourse.

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Dec 13 2018

59mins

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Rank #5: The Premier League is bad

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Welcome to the 2019-20 Premier League season, where even the teams fighting for the top spots in the league are doing so in the most uninspiring fashion imaginable. If you like goals and you like shots, well, this isn't the place to find them. The two Mikes attempt to figure out what the heck is going on.

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Oct 24 2019

59mins

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Rank #6: The Triumph of Basic Football (and also Juventus)

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Caley is not happy about the football but he's happy to have his primary, gremlin-free-usb laptop back. He and Goodman talk about Spurs not bottling it against Juventus and the weird, basic, extremely good tactics of Valverde's Barcelona. Can Chelsea beat them? The two hosts slightly disagree. Then a little love for Liverpool before it all ends.

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Mar 09 2018

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Rank #7: Recapping Chelsea vs. Arsenal and then it's mailbag time!

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Is this Guendouzi kid for real? What is this new role for Kante going to mean going forward? How does Ashley Barnes work and why does he keep scoring goals? What are xPoints and are they worth investing any time or effort into learning more about? It's the first (and free) part of this week's two-part podcast mailbag! Catch Part Two on the Double Pivot Patreon page.

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Aug 22 2018

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Rank #8: How World Cup teams are faring as the group stages come to a close

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Who exactly is coaching Argentina? What's Brazil's best XI? Is it really worth being annoyed at France's approach? Is there cause for concern with Spain? Is Germany doomed? These questions and more answered by the two Mikes in an episode brought to you by The Athletic Soccer. Double Pivot listeners users can go to theathletic.com/doublepivot to receive 40% off their first-year subscription. Check it out for even more great world soccer coverage.

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Jun 27 2018

58mins

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Rank #9: Unpacking everything from Liverpool vs. Spurs

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The latest edition of Liverpool vs. Spurs contained multitudes and the two Mikes are here to break it down, but not before a quick look at Burnley vs. Chelsea, which was super weird in its own right.

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Oct 30 2019

56mins

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Rank #10: Everyone's injured and David Wagner's gone

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Harry Kane is out for a while, so are Spurs doomed? The two Mikes take a look at the stakes while Tottenham Hotspur's talisman is out. Plus, fullback apocalypse at City and Liverpool, and why it may not matter for two very different reasons. Finally, David Wagner's tenure at Huddersfield has come to a close. So, uh, was he actually good? Or sort of good? Or lucky? It's tricky.

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Jan 16 2019

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Rank #11: The chaos that was Juve vs. Spurs, and a big picture view of the Top 4 race

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Juventus had Spurs on the ropes, and then it all fell apart. The two Mikes break down the first leg of the tie, look ahead to the second, and assess what's working and what's not for each club. Then, they look at the Top 4 race in the Premier League and sort out where it may go from here. 

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Feb 14 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #12: Premier League Preview Part 1 (of 4!)

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We begin the two-week, four-part Premier League preview. This week the Mikes kick off with whether Huddersfield are getting relegated (probably), then on to whether Southampton and Newcastle will be fine again (maybe not!), some mild disagreement over whether Everton are good and then, this week's big club is... Liverpool. We'll get through all 20 teams before the season starts.

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Aug 02 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #13: Tottenham Hotspur's Serge Aurier problem

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As a Spurs fan, Caley can't stand idly by while his team considers bringing in a player with a questionable past. He and Goodman talk through the issue before turning their attention to Manchester City vs. Everton and Chelsea vs. Spurs, two matches that contained far less sense than they should have. 

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Aug 23 2017

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Rank #14: Previewing La Liga and recapping Arsenal vs. City

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An extremely real and cromulent cup final took place between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, and we got a glimpse of things to come. The two Mikes break down what the glimpse may have revealed, why it may not matter when sizing up Barcelona, and the weird numbers behind the more intriguing squads in Spain. Plus, a quick look at what we learned from City's 2-0 win over Arsenal. 

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Aug 16 2018

58mins

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Rank #15: How exactly do analytics work when it comes to defense?

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Defense presents a lot of problems when it comes to statistical analysis, and it gets very tricky when you start to move beyond chances created or conceded. The easy-to-define link between what players are doing and the endpoint of expected goals and goals on offense isn't so easy to follow backwards from the same result on defense. The two Mikes examine why defensive stats aren't great, and why reacting to what an offense is doing is hard to quantify beyond the reaction itself. 

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Dec 14 2016

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Rank #16: Premier League Week 1

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Is Chelsea in crisis? Is Mancheter United great now? Are Liverpool and City running away with the league? We pump the brakes a lot, it's the first week. We have questions about Chelsea but they weren't 0-4 awful. We still don't know what United's midfield is, and Liverpool and City were weirdly not their best. Then Caley takes you on a tour of Broadway musicals and ancient feminist hymns.

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Aug 14 2019

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Rank #17: Why Alexis is like the Spartan general Brasidas, and other blowout revelations

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Quick note off the top: The audio quality of this episode isn't up to our normal standards, and we're sorry for that. This was our second attempt, and we decided a grainy-sounding something was better than nothing this week. SB Nation's Graham MacAree joins Michael Caley to talk about some weird results, the questions we're not asking in analytics, and yes, a digression that ties together Alexis Sanchez and the Peloponnesian War.

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Feb 17 2017

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Rank #18: Did the opening fixtures confirm your EPL top 7 suspicions?

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The two clubs from Manchester are clearly going to battle it out for the Premier League's greatest prize, while every other team is a roaring trash fire. We might as well end the season now. The two Mikes discuss whether last week's results fell in line with their expectations for the clubs involved before turning their attention to the rest of Europe, and specifically whether anyone will challenge Real Madrid, PSG, Juventus or Bayern Munich for domestic titles. 

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Aug 15 2017

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Rank #19: The Best Champions League Matches Ever, Pt 1

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We're not wasting time here on bits or "league" matches. This Double Pivot gets to the point. We go a full episode on just Spurs-Ajax. 

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May 09 2019

56mins

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Rank #20: Extreme nerding out over expected goals

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How good are all of the xG models out there? One year after his initial evaluation of various submitted models, Nils Mackay (mackayanalytics.nl) released the results of a second round of models, including one built by a host of this here podcast. The two Mikes explore Mackay's findings, tackling topics like big chances, scorer bias in Opta data (or any data for that matter), and much more.

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Jun 29 2017

59mins

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