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UEA study shows Twitter can predict the outcome of football matches

Tweets can help predict the outcome of football matches Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

New research by the University of East Anglia (UEA) shows Tweets can help predict the outcome of football matches. The study found the tone of Tweets can show when soccer bets are mispriced.

Researchers examined 13.8 million Tweets during the English Premier League 2013/2014 season. These compared prices generated during matches on gambling site Betfair. They found if the tone of Tweets in any given second was positive then the team was more likely to win than bookies predicted.

The study says Tweets are most helpful after goals and red cards. Researchers think this is because social media is particularly good at analysing new information as it comes in during matches.

Social media is already being used as a forecasting tool by a number of companies and agencies but this study has shown its accuracy.

This is a real 'wisdom of crowds’ kind of outcome. It says that if we listen to the right parts of the crowd, we can gain more information and make better predictions.

– Dr James Reade


Repeated break-ins at Ipswich town ground- thieves steal TVs and hold a cheesecake fight

Portman Road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A gang of thieves broke into Ipswich Town's Portman Road ground and staged a cheesecake fight, before returning days later to steal televisions.

Police said the incidents took place overnight on Saturday October 7 and in the early hours of Wednesday October 11.

At least four intruders accessed the club's hospitality boxes and gorged themselves on food and wine. They then moved to the kitchen where they ransacked fridges and hurled frozen cheesecakes at each other.

Three days later the same group struck again, this time escaping with expensive plasma TVs.

It is believed the suspects might have had knowledge of the ground's layout and knew how to avoid most CCTV cameras, but were still captured on some security footage. No arrests have been made.

We can confirm there have been two incidents over the last week of intrusion at the stadium. The police are aware and are investigating. We have increased our security as a matter of course.

– Ipswich Town spokesman


Norwich City's Farke & Maddison up for monthly awards

Daniel Farke (left) and James Maddison (right) will be hoping to pick up their respective awards. Credit: PA

Norwich City's Daniel Farke and James Maddison have been nominated for the Championship Manager and Player of the Month awards.

Head Coach Farke led his team to an unbeaten September which included a record run of five consecutive clean sheets and three away victories in a row.

Midfielder Maddison played a big part in the Canaries' upturn in fortunes, scoring stunning goals in wins at Middlesbrough and Reading.

Farke is up against former Norwich boss Alex Neil for the manager prize, while Aston Villa's Steve Bruce and Bristol City's Lee Johnson have also been nominated.

Maddison will have to see off competition from Wolves star Diogo Jota, Bristol City defender Aden Flint and Aston Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to land his award.

The winners will be announced on Friday morning.

Lewis McGugan: Ex-Forest midfielder joins Northampton

Lewis McGugan celebrates scoring for Sheffield Wednesday at Newcastle United in 2015. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis McGugan on a short-term deal until January.

The 28-year-old, who has also played for Watford and Sheffield Wednesday, moves to Sixfields on a free transfer.

McGugan has been training with the Cobblers for the past few weeks and has impressed manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

"He is an attacking, creative player who can make chances for others and he offers a goal threat from midfield, which is important for us," Hasselbaink said.

"Lewis has an excellent pedigree from a higher level and he is a good age with a fair amount of experience.

"He will be added to the squad for the Checkatrade Trophy game at Peterborough United on Tuesday."

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