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Overwhelming favourites in Groups A to D, Scotland surprise qualifiers?

Euro 2016 qualification begins this weekend and two of the top seeded teams in the draw, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italy, are not the favourites to win their groups according to the Infostrada Sports’ National Team Ranking. Six of the nine groups … Continue reading

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The ‘Copa de Zebra’ revisited

As we reported earlier this week, the 2014 World Cup has been termed the ‘Copa de Zebra’ in Brazil where zebra refers to results being unexpected. Although six of the 16 teams who have progressed to the second round could be … Continue reading

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Is World Cup 2014 really the ‘Copa de Zebra’?

In Brazil, this World Cup is being termed the ‘Copa de Zebra’ with zebra meaning unexpected results but the Infostrada Sports Forecast model shows that the number of genuine surprises in match results is actually fairly low with just six … 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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What are the 2014 World Cup’s biggest shocks?

The Infostrada Sports’ Forecast model has a variety of useful functions, one of which is to provide an objective measure of which matches have delivered the biggest shocks at the World Cup so far. Of the 24 matches played so far, … Continue reading

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Arjen Robben and The Big Match Fallacy

Arjen Robben has been one of the best and most consistent footballers in the world over the last 10 years or so but few see him that way. Why is this? Could it be that people are falling for the … Continue reading

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