Live, accurate and detailed

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

110 - @Ibra_official has now become PSG's all-time leading goalscorer all comps. Idol. 1 hours ago

51.6 - Brendan Rodgers has the second best win percentage of any PL manager for Liverpool (after Benitez, 55.3%). Departed. 3 hours ago

8 - Arsenal have ended a run of eight Premier League games without a victory over the Red Devils (D3 L5). Relief. 4 hours ago

5 - Alexis Sanchez has scored more goals in his last two Premier League games (5) than he had in his previous 21 (4). Rejuvenated. 4 hours ago

6 - Since his Premier League debut in Sept 2013, Christian Eriksen has scored more direct free-kicks than any other player. Whipped. 4 hours ago

3-0 - Man United are one of two PL teams to be 3-0 down at HT (v Spurs in 2001) and comeback to win (also Wolves v Leicester in 2003). Hope? 5 hours ago

3 - Christian Eriksen’s last three Premier League goals have been direct free-kicks. Pinpoint. 5 hours ago

3 - Manchester United have conceded three goals in the first 20 minutes of a PL game for the first time. Shellshocked. 5 hours ago

3 - Arsenal have scored three league goals in a game against Manchester United for the first time since November 2001. Ruthless. 5 hours ago

2 - Only once in PL history have Man United conceded two goals as quick as they have v Arsenal (2 in 6 mins v Shef Wed in 1992). Stunned. 5 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.