Live, accurate and detailed

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

17 - Andy Carroll made 17 touches in the opposition box today; more than double the amount of any other Premier League player. Target. 5 hours ago

14 - Vito Mannone made 14 saves today, the joint-most by any goalkeeper in a PL game since 2003/04. Heroic. 6 hours ago

78 – Jose Mourinho has lost his first home league game as Chelsea manager, in his 78th match at Stamford Bridge. Blue. 6 hours ago

1 - Chelsea have conceded a Premier League penalty for the first time since January 12, 2013 (against Stoke City). Upset. 6 hours ago

6 - Fernando Torres has scored six Premier League goals against Sunderland; against no side has he scored more. Saviour? 7 hours ago

1 - Connor Wickham is the first opposition player to score at both Stamford Bridge and the Etihad this season. Wanderer. 8 hours ago

24% - Chelsea have conceded a league-high 24% of goals from corner situations this term. Susceptible. 8 hours ago

570 - Connor Wickham's goal was the first that Chelsea have conceded in 570 minutes of Premier League football on home soil. Breached. 8 hours ago

12 - All 12 goals Samuel Eto'o has scored for Chelsea have come at Stamford Bridge. Tipped. 8 hours ago

11 - All 11 of Samuel Eto’o’s goals for Chelsea have come at Stamford Bridge. Comfortable. 8 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.