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: Asian Cup vs African Cup of Nations – which is the strongest?

FOOTBALL – The 2015 African Cup of Nations begins in Equatorial Guinea on Saturday, 17 January and will be running alongside the 2015 Asian Cup which started eight days earlier in Australia. With 32 teams playing at these two continental tournaments, we set out to discover which has the strongest field of teams.

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ANALYSE THIS: Brazil still favourites but Argentina closing in

FOOTBALL – After two match rounds,  Brazil remain as World Cup favourites in the Infostrada Sports’ Forecast with 24.5% chance of lifting the trophy on July 13. This has barely changed since the start of the competition but continental rivals Argentina’s chances are improving and now stand at nearly 18%. Germany are third favourites on around a 14% chance of becoming World Champions. The current chances for each team are listed below.

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REVIEW: Zambia win 1st AFCON on 15th attempt

FOOTBALL – Zambia won their maiden African Cup of Nations in dramatic fashion after silencing Ivory Coast in a penalty shootout after 120 scoreless minutes of football. Zambia had held the status of most participations without lifting the trophy and that torch has now been handed down to Senegal, who completed a 12th campaign without winning it all in 2012. The outcome was bitter for runners-up Ivory Coast, who went through the entire tournament without conceding a single goal in regulation or extra time, building a 9-0 goal differential in five victories en route to the final, before succumbing in the penalty shootout.

REVIEW: Zambia, Ivory Coast reach AFCON final

FOOTBALL – The final of the 2012 African Cup of Nations will feature Zambia and Ivory Coast. The latter are aiming for their second overall triumph in the competition following their victorious 1992 endeavour. Zambia have reached the final in 1974 and 1994, but have yet to win. Remarkably, Zambia’s last final appearance came after a terrible tragedy, which saw 18 Zambian players die in an air crash in 1993. Zambia are making their 15th appearance in the competition, the most by any nation that has never lifted the trophy.