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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ANALYSE THIS: Wave – Brazil v Chile

Football – This evening’s first Wave shows how action packed this match was with no real quiet periods throughout the match. Brazil’s peaks of offensive production tended to be higher than Chile’s. However, Chile had plenty of good periods of their own, notably around the hour mark. Pinilla’s shot against the bar at the end doesn’t show up significantly because it was from an unlikely position to score from and did not hit the target.

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ANALYSE THIS – Data report: Brazil v Chile

Football – From today, we will publish a data report on the teams playing in the fixture that we have deemed match of the day, highlighting the most important characteristics of the teams from the World Cup data that we have been collecting since the World Cup began on June 12. Today, we begin with Brazil v Chile.

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ANALYSE THIS: Tough task for South American quartet

Football – The matches which began the 2014 World Cup second round on Saturday are both all-South American affairs and each of the countries taking part – Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay – have an incredibly tough route if they are to be successful and win this year’s World Cup. None of the quartet are likely to play another match against a team outside the world’s top eight from now on and, in the case of Chile and Uruguay, they are unlikely to play against a team from outside the world’s current top six.

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ANALYSE THIS: World Cup 2014 – what will happen now?

FOOTBALL – 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 probable final at this stage.

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