ANALYSE THIS: Dutch pairs favourites at World Beach Volleyball Championships

BEACH VOLLEYBALL – The favourites and second favourites for the men’s title at the World Beach Volleyball Championships in the Netherlands are both performing before a home crowd.

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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: Germany lose number one spot, Dutch in freefall

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.

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REVIEW: Dutch national team lose qualifying opener

FOOTBALL – The Dutch national football team lost their opening match in the European Championship qualification against Czech Republic. Since 1992, the Dutch team had been undefeated in their openers in qualifying (ECh or WC). In that year Netherlands lost 2-1 against Norway to open their 1994 World Cup qualifying campaign.