ANALYSE THIS: Overwhelming favourites in Groups A to D

FOOTBALL: 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 have an overwhelming favourite to be group winner and only one of the groups looks truly competitive at this stage. We begin our assessment of the groups by looking at A to D.

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ANALYSE THIS: Data Report – World Cup 2014

FOOTBALL – Throughout the second phase of the World Cup, we brought you Data Reports before selected matches. With the competition over, here are the winners of a number of team categories. All of these statistics are contained in our Round-up document which is also available throughout domestic league seasons.

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ANALYSE THIS: Data Report – Argentina v Belgium

FOOTBALL – Each matchday during this World Cup, we will publish data reports on the teams playing in the fixtures that day, highlighting the most important characteristics of those teams from the World Cup data that we have been collecting since the World Cup began on June 12. Firstly, today, the match between Argentina and Belgium. Note that all stats do not include yesterday’s quarter-finals for comparative purposes.

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ANALYSE THIS: World Cup goalscoring collapses

Football – 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 goals in normal time after excluding Huntelaar’s penalty and Yobo’s own goal, a rate of 1.13 goals per match. This is an enormous drop from the group stage so what is going on?

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