Sunderland 1 vs 1 Man United
A reminder that these gifs are intended to show general formational tendencies, as opposed to specific player movements at any particular point in time. As the Opta data we use to create these vizs covers On The Ball events, we have no way of knowing where every player is located on the pitch at all times. To keep all the players on the pitch we use a concept of smoothing.
Constantinos Chappas and I are working on developing a V 2.0 version that closer represents the actual positions of players at specific points in time. We envisage that we will have two types of gif files; one showing tactical formation setups and the other showing exact player positions.
In terms of this game:
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