Tag Archives: France

USA, Germany, Japan and Canada favoured for World Cup semis

The FIFA World rankings for women’s football have provided a good basis for forecasting the Women’s World Cup so far with seven of the eight favourites in the second round progressing through to the quarter-finals. In addition, our pre-tournament forecast … Continue reading

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World Cup goalscoring collapses

During the group phase of the 2014 World Cup, 122 goals were scored (excluding penalties and own goals) in 48 matches, a scoring rate of 2.54 goals per match. The 16 matches played in the second round produced just nine … Continue reading

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And then there were eight

The eight World Cup second round matches went pretty much to form with six of the favourites from the Infostrada Sports Forecast model going through and only two of the three tightest matches on paper not won by the favourites. With eight … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014 – what will happen now?

Now that the business end of the World Cup has been reached, the Infostrada Sports Forecast has been updated. Brazil remain the favourites and therefore the most likely winners with an all-South American final between Brazil and Argentina the most … Continue reading

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World Cup squads perfectly illustrate the birthday paradox

Two members of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s squad, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (27)  and defender Sead Kolasinac (21), celebrate birthdays today but what are the chances of this happening? Pretty unusual one would have thought, or not?

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Why France (and a Group D team) are the real dark horses

Which team is the best team to fail to qualify for the 2014 World Cup? Looking at almost any ranking system provides the same answer: Ukraine. They began their World Cup qualification in England’s group but failed to qualify despite … Continue reading

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Are France bad or just unlucky?

France’s 2-0 defeat in the Ukraine suggests that they will not qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It is therefore likely that France will be the only former World Cup winners absent from the competition but are France … Continue reading

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