Live, accurate and detailed

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

.@D_NS If Leicester win the league their possession rate will certainly be below average for champions. https://t.co/PWfP2pCU6k 21 hours ago

5 - Five of West Brom's 25 Premier League games this season have seen the Baggies fail to record a single shot on target. Bleak. 21 hours ago

6 - Diego Costa has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League apps after netting three in the previous 14 this season. Rejuvenated. 7 Feb

8 - Wayne Rooney has scored or assisted as many Premier League goals in 6 games in 2016 as he had in 33 games in 2015 (8). Reboot. 7 Feb

3 - Jesse Lingard has scored three goals from his last four shots on target in the Premier League. Flourishing. 7 Feb

9 - Wayne Rooney has been involved in nine of Man Utd's last 11 league goals (five goals, four assists). Catalyst. 7 Feb

5 - Five of the last seven Premier League meetings between Chelsea and Man Utd have been 0-0 at half time. Expected. 7 Feb

1 - Chelsea have had exactly one shot on target in the first half of each of their four PL home games under Hiddink this season. Restrained. 7 Feb

6 - Chelsea are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games against Manchester United (W3 D3). Edge. 7 Feb

1 - Man Utd have won just one of their last 13 Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge (W1 D4 L8). Blue. 7 Feb

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.