How do you Stop Leicester City? Advanced Tactical Analysis in the English Premier League

Opposition analysis in soccer has traditionally been the product of video review, advance scouting, and discussions with former members of the teams being faced. A study of detailed match data can complement these tools by revealing the opposing team’s strengths and weaknesses in fairly objective fashion. According to the data, Leicester City climbed to the top of the Premier League using tactics that were rather novel this season but relatively simple as well. A review of their early matches suggested a variety of ways to stop their attacks and break down their defense; teams that followed these approaches had more success against the Foxes.

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