FOOTBALL – Now that the dust has settled on the week’s international matches in Europe, a glance at the Infostrada Sports’ National Team Ranking reveals a few major changes since the World Cup including Germany’s loss of the top spot to Argentina after losing at home to their World Cup final opponents and the Dutch national team dropping from third to ninth after two defeats. There is now just one European team, Germany, in the top five as Spain have dropped a place.
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 finish our analysis of the groups by looking at E to I. Our previous article analysing Groups A to D can be read here: https://infostradalive.com/2014/09/03/analyse-this-overwhelming-favourites-in-groups-a-to-d/
CYCLING – Vincenzo Nibali can become the sixth rider to win all Grand Tours as the Italian champion is the favourite for this year’s Tour victory. The last rider to win all three Grand Tours was Alberto Contador who completed his trilogy when he won the 2008 Vuelta. Click HERE to check out our infographic.
FOOTBALL – 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 termed surprising, there have actually been very few surprise results in Brazil and 14 of the 16 survivors had at least around 40% chance of reaching this stage. The only truly surprising teams in the second round are Algeria and Costa Rica.
FOOTBALL – 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 matches producing a result which had less than 30% chance of happening.
FOOTBALL – Italy produced very little after the half hour mark and the middle section of the match was very quiet. From the hour mark onwards, Uruguay created more attacking production, perhaps partially due to the red card for Marchisio. Italy didn’t really respond until it was too late.
FOOTBALL – We look back at Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over Italy with Five Fast Facts on this match.