ANALYSE THIS: Germany slight favourites at FIFA Women’s World Cup

FOOTBALL – Germany are the favourites for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but only just, according to a new analysis from Infostrada Sports. The United States are second favourites and there is nearly 50% chance of the winners being one or the other of these two teams. They are, however, most likely to meet each other at the semi-final stage of the competition.

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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 – Netherlands v Costa Rica

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. Here is the final quarter-final, the match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica. Note that all stats do not include the quarter-finals already played 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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ANALYSE THIS: And then there were eight

FOOTBALL – The eight World Cup second round matches went pretty much to form with six of the favourites from our Forecast model going through and only two of the three tightest matches on paper not won by our favourites. With eight teams left, how does the rest of the competition look?

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ANALYSE THIS: Wave – Costa Rica v Greece

FOOTBALL – The Wave illustrates how much of the genuine attacking production Greece had against Costa Rica and perhaps they should have taken advantage of this before Costa Rica scored. Costa Rica created very little in extra-time and, like other matches, had only small moments of offensive creativity throughout the match.

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