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  1. Cameroon v Croatia preview stats

    Cameroon and Croatia have never played before and Croatia have never played a World Cup game against an African side.

    So there are no Head-to-Head stats and the omens are mixed:

    • Cameroon’s World Cup record against European sides is W1 D4 L9
    • Cameroon have only won 1 of their last 14 World Cup games (1-0 v Saudi Arabia in 2002), drawing 4 and losing 9.
    • Cameroon are on a run of 12 World Cup games without scoring more than 1 goal.
    • Samuel Eto'o has scored Cameroon's last three World Cup goals.
    • Croatia have failed to win any of their last 5 World Cup matches.

    Fifa Ranking (June 5th 2014)

    Cameroon: Rank: 56 Points: 558
    Croatia: Rank: 18 Points: 903

    World Cup 2014 Qualifying ...

    Updated 18th June 2014 at 07:23 PM by 11v11

    World Cup , National Teams
  2. Spain v Chile – The end of the World Cup for Spain?

    Spain v Chile stats

    It is hard to believe, but Spain could effectively go out of the World Cup if they lose this game against Chile.

    However, the stats aren’t in Chile's favour:

    1. Chile have failed to beat Spain in their 10 previous matches (W0 D2 L8).
    2. In 1950 Spain beat Chile in the World Cup 2-0 - also in the Maracanã
    3. Spain won the 2010 World Cup despite losing their opening game (against Switzerland.)
    4. Spain's 1-5 defeat to the Netherlands was the heaviest margin of defeat by a reigning World Cup champion.
    5. Spain haven’t lost back-to-back internationals since 2006 (3-2 v Northern Ireland and 2-0 v Sweden).
    6. The 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands was the first time Spain had conceded 5 goals since losing 6-2 to
  3. Australia v Netherlands

    This is the first World Cup match between Australia and the Netherlands and although before this game, Australia has never lost against the Netherlands (W1 D2 L0). A draw would be considered a minor miracle.

    The stats omens aren't great for the Socceroos:

    • Australia’s record against European sides in the World Cup is W1 D1 L4
    • Tim Cahill has now scored in 3 World Cups for Australia; he is the only Australian to score in more than 1 tournament
    • Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano have now both played in 7 World Cup matches, a joint-record for Australia.
    • Robin van Persie has scored 10 goals in his last 9 appearances for the Netherlands.
    • Arjen Robben has scored 7 goals in his last 7 appearances for the Netherlands.
    • After scoring against Spain, Robben
  4. Russia v Korea Republic preview stats

    The statistical omens are very much in favour of a Russian win in this game.

    However, South Korea have an impressive World Cup pedigree so an upset is always possible:

    • South Korea have kicked off each of the last three World Cups with a win.
    • Russia have only kept a single clean sheet in their last 6 World Cup games.
    • Including games played as the Soviet Union, Russia have lost 7 of their last 10 World Cup games, winning the other 3.
    • This is South Korea's 8th World Cup in a row (since 1986); only Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy and Spain have longer current runs.
    • South Korea have only won 2 of their last 10 World Cup games (against Togo in 2006 and Greece in 2010).

    Head to Head games

    19/11/13 Russia v Korea Republic 2-1 ...

    Updated 17th June 2014 at 07:46 PM by Statisticus

    National Teams
  5. Brazil v Mexico preview

    Brazil v Mexico is the first of the second round of the Group matches. Brazil have won all 3 previous meetings of these two sides in the World Cup without conceding a goal: 4-0 in 1950, 5-0 in 1954 and 2-0 in 1962.

    Past performance is no guarantee of future results but:

    • Brazil beat Mexico 4-0 in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.
    • Brazil and Mexico last met in the 2013 Confederations Cup, also at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. Neymar and Jô scored the goals in a 2-0 victory.
    • Brazil are now unbeaten in 38 successive matches in Brazil, with their last defeat coming against Paraguay (0-1in a friendly) in August 2002.

    Head to Head games

    24/06/50 Brazil v Mexico 4-0 (FIFA World Cup)
    06/04/52 Brazil v Mexico 2-0 (Panamerican ...
  6. Ladbrokes launch Big Penalty quiz celebrating World Cup Penalty shoot-outs

    Ladbrokes have launched an interesting new quiz for the World Cup based on historic penalty shoot-outs. The promotion format is a web page featuring a retro-style pub quiz and allows fans to test their football knowledge and earn those “all-important bragging rights” by sharing their scores on social media.

    Since penalty kicks were introduced to the World Cup in 1978 in order to avoid replays, they have settled 22 out of 118 (18.6%) of knock-out matches, so it is a fair bet by Ladbrokes that this World Cup will again feature matches which can’t be settled within 120 minutes, giving their game additional contemporary interest.

    Without wanting to give any of the answers away, it is worth noting that out of 80 knock-out matches before 1978, 76 were decided ...
  7. Germany v Portugal stats

    The game against Portugal will see Germany becoming the 1st team to reach 100 matches in the World Cup and the story of the stats is that they are likely to celebrate the milestone in style:

    • Germany have only lost 1 of their last 18 games in the group stages of the World Cup (W13 D4 L1). Serbia defeated them 1-0 in 2010.
    • Germany have begun their last 6 World Cups with a win, whereas Portugal have only won 1 of their last 7 openers.
    • Germany scored 36 goals – more than any other team - in the 2014 European World Cup qualifiers.
    • Miroslav Klose currently has 14 World Cup goals - only Ronaldo (the Brazilian one) has more with 15.

    Head to Head games

    27/02/36 Portugal v Germany 1-3 (International)
    24/04/38 Germany v Portugal ...
  8. Ghana v USA stats

    Ghana and the USMNT meet on Monday in a match which both teams need to win to have any realistic chance of progressing from the Group of Death" which includes Portugal and Germany.

    Lets have a look into the stats tea-leaves to see what they may foretell:

    • Ghana beat the USA in their 2 previous World Cups, winning 2-1 in 2006 and 2010.
    • 4 of Ghana's 9 World Cup goals have come against the USA.
    • The USA have only kept 2 clean sheets in their last 23 games at the World Cup.
    • Ghana scored 25 goals in the 2014 African World Cup qualifiers – more than any other team.
    • Ghana's Asamoah Gyan scored the highest number of goals in the 2014 African World Cup qualifiers (6). He has scored 4 of Ghana's 9 World Cup goals including the winner against USA in 2010.

    Updated 15th June 2014 at 09:32 PM by 11v11

    USMNT , National Teams
  9. France v Honduras stats

    France v Honduras stats
    This will be the 1st ever meeting between France and Honduras.
    France have only won 1 of their last 9 games in the World Cup group stages (2-0 v Togo in 2006).
    Franck Ribéry was France's top scorer during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with 5 goals in 10 games. He is injured & out of the French squad.
    Since winning the World Cup in 1998, France have failed to score in 3 World Cup openers, drawing two 0-0 and losing 1-0 to Senegal in 2002
    Honduras failed to score in the 2010 World Cup.
    Jerry Bengtson was Honduras' top scorer in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with 9 goals in 12 games.

    Fifa Ranking (June 5th 2014)

    France: Rank: 17 Points: 913
    Honduras: Rank: 33 Points: 731

    World Cup 2014 Qualifying ...
  10. Switzerland v Ecuador

    Switzerland v Ecuador stats

    This will be the first ever meeting between Switzerland and Ecuador
    The Swiss have only conceded one goal in their last 7 World Cup games
    Switzerland were unbeaten in World Cup qualification, winning 7 and drawing 3 of their 10 qualifiers

    • Ecuador have never drawn a World Cup game (W3 D0 L4)
    • Felipe Caicedo scored 7 goals in 9 games in qualification (including 3 penalties)
    • Switzerland’s only defeat in their last 18 internationals came away to South Korea in November (W12, D5, L1)
    • Ecuador failed to win any of their eight matches outside Ecuador in the qualifying campaign
    • Ecuador’s only win in the last 7 matches was against Australia: They beat Australia 4-3 in March after being 3-0 down

    Fifa Ranking ...
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