Everyone loves a talented, up-and-coming youngster to follow. Everyone loves to see players that haven't quite made it on the big stage drop down and show what they're all about in the lower leagues. What about the players who've been there and done that though? What about the veterans? Will anyone show them any love? … Continue reading Five Veterans to Watch in the Scottish Championship
Another Scottish Championship season is nearly upon us and as with every season in the Scottish Championship it is anyone's guess as to how things will go for the most part. Hearts and Raith Rovers, relegated from the Scottish Premiership and winners of League One last season respectively, join the league for the shortened 2020/21 … Continue reading Five To Watch In The Scottish Championship
On Friday 9th October 2020 at 5:30pm Scotland u21 host Czech Republic u21 in a Euro 2021 qualification match. Pure Fitbaw's Owen Brown will be co-commentator on the SFA's live stream of the match and we've put together a watch along pack which can be downloaded or read below.
As I sit down to write our second Managerial Power Rankings and review the performances of each manager in September, I can't help but feel an element of déjà vu as Scotland prepares to face Israel in what now feels like a match more accustomed to test cricket as we face off for the 27th time … Continue reading Scottish Premiership Manager Power Rankings – September
To follow on from the first #EuropeanFitbaw podcast of this 2020/21 season we're having a continental period at Pure Fitbaw. Colin Cunningham kicked us off with a data scouting article that unearthed some unheralded attackers, Byron Hutchison put the spotlight on players to watch in the Bundesliga and we're in France for the next selection; my five from Ligue 1.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has seen fans rally round, dig deep and support their teams, either financially or by other means. It has been heartening to see just how far supporters are willing to go for their team, despite the noise in the background of Scottish football’s latest tiff. The adage ‘you should support your … Continue reading Changing Allegiances
Even though it feels like last season just ended - because it did - a new Bundesliga season is already underway. Without the blinding lights emitted by stars such as Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Phillippe Coutinho and alike to draw attention to the league, I’ve been tasked with identifying five interesting Bundesliga players to watch this season. Of course, there are obvious ones and by all means you should tune-in and enjoy Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and the best striker in world football Robert Lewandowski do their thing. But, aside from one very obvious inclusion, I’ve opted for a few, slightly, under-the-radar players that are worth keeping your eye on over the next eight months or so.
What an exciting and promising start it has been for Jack Ross’ Hibernian side, having got off to a flying start with five wins from eight Premiership matches. The football that has been on show has been something for the Hibs fans to cheer about. Ross has got them playing an exciting and attacking brand … Continue reading Josh Doig Has Been Pivotal to Hibs’ Early Form
With the data explosion in football it has never been easier to find good players. Free sources like FBref and Understat allow even casual observers to sort players on various useful metrics –anyone can quickly find that Sergio Aguero had the best expected goals per 90 in the Premier League in 19/20 or that nobody completed more dribbles per match than Adama Traore. And this is before we even consider paid subscriptions for industry-leading software such as Opta and Statsbomb. However, most clubs do not have the finances to just filter on certain stats and look to sign whoever shows up in top 10 results because they are likely already at an elite club or on the radar of one. I’ve had a look at a number of techniques that can give us an alternative view of players that may be of interest.