Live, accurate and detailed

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

4 - Bayern have conceded 4+ goals in a Bundesliga game for the first time since April 2009 (also against Wolfsburg). Sluggish. 59 minutes ago

102 - Bas Dost is the first player in 102 Bundesliga games to score a brace against FC Bayern München. Menace. 1 hours ago

2 - There have been two red cards inside the opening two minutes of Championship games this season, both of them for Watford. Trend. 2 hours ago

5 - No Championship team has collected more red cards than Watford this season (5, level with Brighton). Challenge. 2 hours ago

1 - In Arsenal's PL squad this season, A Sanchez is top for goals (12), assists (7), chances created (57), shots (45) & dribbles (143). Key. 5 hours ago

75% - Southampton have won nine of their 12 PL games with Jack Cork this season (75%) and only four of 10 without him (40%). Champagne. 6 hours ago

7 - @mattjpsmith has scored seven goals in three appearances for @bcfctweets against @TheGillsFC Magnificent. 29 Jan

138 - Shola Ameobi has made more substitute appearances in Premier League history than any other player. Return. 29 Jan

7 – Sergio Aguero has scored seven goals in his last seven Premier League games in London. Capitalist. 29 Jan

5 - The five teams, other than Leicester, to score five goals against Man Utd in a PL game can be found here: instagram.com/p/yb8wU6ub3s Answer. 29 Jan

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.