Which Teams are Getting Better at Progressing the Ball?
Viz of the week

Which Teams are Getting Better at Progressing the Ball?

The Son
The Son

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Welcome to the 26th issue of the Viz of the Week newsletter, where I'll be featuring a new visual each week and sharing the code behind it.

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For this week's issue, we'll be looking at which Premier League sides have improved their progressive pass accuracy statistics versus the previous season.

The results were quite telling for some team's performances.

Progressive pass success rate by pitch area.

As you can see from the image above, the league's leaders have improved massively in their midfield progressive stats by taking their pass accuracy from 51% in the 2021/2022 season to 60% – that's an astounding increase of 9 percentage points, which places them at the top of ranking for this metric, and two percentage points above Man City (with a 58% success rate).

On the other hand, Liverpool have decreased their success rate in progressive passes by seven and five percentage points in the pitch's midfield and attacking areas, respectively.

Another key thing to note here is that Brighton have the third-highest overall progressive pass success rate in the league, just behind Arsenal and City – with De Zerbi's men improving significantly in their defensive progression accuracy stats by +10 percentage points!

From Around the Grounds

Jaymes Monte's Forward Types (WC viz)

This is a beautiful example of what can be achieved with StatsBomb's 360 data.

Soumyajit Bose's Experimental Viz

Love how aesthetically pleasing this visual turned out!

Although the bar charts can be a bit confusing, and it might take a minute or two to take it in, this visual is a great example of how you can mix multiple types of charts to achieve beautiful results.

The code

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