Live, accurate and detailed

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

9 - Tottenham have conceded nine Premier League penalties in 2014, more than any other team. Gifts. 3 minutes ago

75% - Fraser Forster has the best saves to shots rate of any regular goalkeeper in the Premier League this season. Acclimatised. 37 minutes ago

42 - Only @graemelesaux14 (44) has more assists as a defender than Leighton Baines in @premierleague history. Wand. 1 hours ago

2002-03 - No team with a striped home shirt has finished in the top four of the Premier League since Newcastle in 2002-03. Saintly. 1 hours ago

46 - Leicester City have conceded more shots on target than any other Premier League side this season. Alamo. 2 hours ago

3 - Steven Gerrard has three goals in two starts against Hull at Anfield. Skip. 2 hours ago

7 - Saido Berahino has scored seven goals in 10 appearances for WBA this season, with six of these coming at the Hawthorns. Prodigious. 3 hours ago

4 - West Ham have won four league games this season. In 2013-14 they didn’t reach this tally until January. Revitalised. 3 hours ago

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1 - Tottenham have kept one clean sheet in their last seven home matches in Europe (including qualifying). Caned. 18 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.