Explaining Expected Goals, soccer’s newest star

Once you’re on Match of the Day, you’ve made it. The statistic “expected goals” (or “xG”) is breaking through in sports media. In the past, I’ve written up long explainers and even a full methodology for xG. But this time, we wanted to show you that xG may involve a lot of math, but the ideas behind xG are clear and intuitive enough to fit in a four-minute video. To that end, we made a four minute video explaining xG. Enjoy!


Very well made video.

Kudos to all involved.

Nicely done, as usual, MC.

1 minute in...

and every Barca fan starts to cry.

Congrats on the success!

Finally.... I get it.

Never read the explanations but this succinct explanation is excellent. Cheers MC.

Nicely done. Thank you.

Well scripted.

For those interested in this topic, you should follow @MC_of_A and @Caley_graphics on the twitters

Great video as always.

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