Live, accurate and detailed

Our data collection operation spans the globe and is undertaken by teams of local expert analysts.

17 - Theo Walcott has fired in more shots on target than any other player in the Premier League this season. Spark 9 hours ago

4 - All four of Man Utd's heaviest PL defeats have come in October. Red. 11 hours ago

14 - Only in 2014/15 (13) have Man Utd collected fewer points after their first 9 PL games of a season than this campaign(14). Woe. 11 hours ago

4-0 - This is Mourinho’s heaviest PL defeat. Only against Barcelona in 2010 did he lose by a greater margin in all…… 11 hours ago

4 - This is only the 2nd time in a PL game that Mourinho has seen his side concede four or more goals (5-3 v Spurs in Jan 2015). Humbled. 11 hours ago

4 - Eden Hazard has now equaled his Premier League goal tally from last season. Reinvigorated. 11 hours ago

2011 - Manchester United last came back to win from 2+ goals down at HT in the Premier League in April 2011 (4-2 win West Ham). Rueful. 12 hours ago

1 - Only once in Premier League history have Chelsea lost having been two or more goals up at HT (v Norwich in September 1992). Cushion. 12 hours ago

1 - Manchester United have conceded from a corner in the Premier League for the first time since February (v Sunderland). Bypassed. 12 hours ago

3 - This is only the 3rd time Jose Mourinho has seen his side concede a PL goal in the 1st minute (also Beattie and Rodriguez). Flash. 13 hours ago

The data collection process

A network of global collection centres

Our data is collected in specialist data collections centres across the world.

We believe that it is a unique combination of cutting-edge collection technology and passionate, skilled experts that make our data the most impressive available anywhere.

Combined with an in-stadia data collection operation for some sports, we use propietary software that allows for deep, quick and accurate collection.

Consistent proprietary methodology

Opta is the only sports data business that collects and distributes full, time-stamped, contextual data live, featuring complete x/y co-ordinates (as well as z co-ordinates where applicable, such as shots in football), and a granularity of event type unique amongst data providers.  

An obsession with accuracy

In football alone our data collection methods allow us to collect between 1,600 and 2,000 individual actions from every game.  This is all collected and delivered live.  Three expert analysts will cover each match, one collecting all of the home team actions, one the away team and a third analyst checking the data for consistency and adding additional layers of data.

There will also be a full post-match check in the 48 hours following the match to ensure that the databases are as accurate as possible.

Our analysts in action

Our expert analysts collect live data.

Our data is rigourously checked to ensure accuracy. 

Our live, proprietary data collection software promotes consistancy and accuracy.