3 Best XG Football Mobile Apps for iOS and Android
XG football is one of the first advanced metrics to become widely known amongst general football fans. The term xG football is an abbreviation which stands for ‘expected goals football’. XG football is a statistical measurement of the quality of goalscoring chances and the likelihood of them being scored.
An xG measurement can be generated for both teams as a whole and individual players, indicating how well they should be performing in front of the goal. This is a regularly quoted statistic for mainstream broadcasters.
xG football has ascended from the laptops of analysts and now regularly finds itself in the mouths of
- Premier League managers
- Guest Posting supporters
- Football commentators.
The term XG football is also used by football analysts and pundits, yet the majority either don’t use appropriately or do not fully understand it. In this article, we will try to explain the expected goals metric and how it can be used to analyse games, clubs or players.
The XG football metric is a great tool to measure the likelihood of scoring a chance. It gives you an idea of the shots Tha should be scored. It also gives an idea of how your attack/defence is doing in terms of a longer period.
And, of course, whether the performance matches the end product. But all of this shouldn’t be taken as gospel. It’s a tool that needs to fit a narrative, a context and the playing philosophy.
XG Football Mobile Apps review
To find out which football mobile apps are providing XG football statistics on games, we’re reviewing the App Store and Google Play Store. For the XG football apps that we found that provide this statistic based on the review of the users that have downloaded and tested these apps and our reviews and rankings are below.
The key features to look for in the XG football apps
- Customisability of stats: Can the stats be customised? This will allow multiple different views, to find specific scenarios where teams are under or over-performing
- Level of detail: How much detail is available? The more detail available will help the user to spot trends.
- Ease of use: How clear is the data to view?
- Comparison: Can xG be compared across fixtures and results?
- Availability and cost: How many leagues are available and what is the cost?
This is an XG football app that covers football widely across many categories. It covers news, fixtures, results, and scores. The mobile app is free to download and adverts can be removed for £7.49 per year (approximately USD 10.00).
XGs are a small part of the XG football app. They are listed in the results of some games, but there doesn’t appear to be any list showing which leagues or games are included with xG. There are no xG stats in any previews of upcoming fixtures.
One unique stat is xG stats for each half. This has not appeared in any other app and gives insights into how the game changed before and after halftime. The xG stats are limited on Fotmob, however, this is understandable given the nature of the app as an all-around football app, not a stats-focused app.
Infogol is the only XG football app available that is solely focused on expected goals. It is available for both Apple and Android devices. A key feature is the shot maps – these show the location of all shots taken by each team, concerning the xG of the chance.
This allows the user to see how the xG was accumulated, in a high volume of low probability chances or a small number of high-quality chances. The xG stats are not customisable – there are no options to filter for any specific period, home matches or away matches.
There is a league table that teams’ xG can sort for or xG against. There is a small amount of comparison available when assessing a fixture – the last 6 games are available to view on one screen by xG or by the actual score.
This helps to see which teams are outperforming or underperforming their xG. There are 21 leagues with xG stats, other leagues are covered without xG. The app is free to download for Android and iOS devices for use.
This is another XG football app which includes xG, amongst other stats, for 29 leagues across Europe. This XG app is only available on the App Store – it is unavailable on Android devices. It costs £0.89 to download (approximately USD 1.20).
The XG stats for each game are shown listed, which includes xG. This is listed alongside the average before the game, which is useful for comparison of how the team has performed against their usual level.
Stats are available for head-to-head games, but not available for any customised dates, which limits the usefulness of the analysis. The stats are available graphically, but this is not the easiest on the eye and difficult to conclude the data.
An xG table is available, which allows the user to see how the table would look if the actual goals matched the expected goals. While this is useful to look at, this is only available for the full season, meaning recent forms cannot be extracted and viewed.
According to our source. this is a short list! We are surprised at the lack of apps available that detail and cover expected goals. There are different types of apps, from showing detailed stats and covering the existing leagues, to calculating expected goals for your games.
All the XG football apps have their strengths but we would recommend Infogol for showing xG data of the major leagues, and Fotmob if you are wanting xG stats for leagues outside of the top 10 global leagues and main international tournaments.
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