World Cup 2018

Stats after 62 games

Teams that had:-

        The most shots and won: 50%        

        The most possession and won: 42%

        Both most shots AND most possession and won: 88%

So how do France and Croatia compare after six games?

Average Possession:      France 51%  Croatia 55%

Average shots per game:  France 12.5  Croatia 16.7

Average goals per game:  France 1.7    Croatia 2.0

Croatia is ahead of France in both shots and possession, therefore...

Croatia to win...

France 4 Croatia 2 

              Possession:     France 34%  Croatia 66%
                   Shots:     France 7    Croatia 14

Well, I know I sound like a broken record, but I'll say it again: possession isn't important unless it is used positively.
And the problem with stats is that they don't take into account passion, temperament, experience and luck!

     (e.g. the stats marginally favoured the young England team to beat Croatia)

And the stats also suggested that Belgium would beat England in the third place play-off. (The stats got this one right!)

Last sixteen to Final

Results and statistics for the last 16 matches

Results and statistics for the Group Stage

After the Group stage (48 games) we have:

           Most shots and won....           52%
           Most Possession and won....  44% 

Most or Least in any one game:
          Most goals....          (6) England (v Panama)
          Most Possession.... (78%) Argentina (drew) and Spain (won)
          Most shots....          (28) Germany (lost)
          Least Possession... (22%) Iran (lost) and Iceland (drew)
          Least shots....         (3) Costa Rica (lost)

Groups A & B

Highest average possession:
(1) Spain 73%   (2) Saudi Arabia 59%

Most shots:
(1) Spain - 49    (2) Uruguay - 44

Most goals scored:
(1) Russia - 8      (2) Spain - 6   

Qualify for Last 16
Uruguay; Portugal; Spain and Russia

Groups C & D

Highest average possession:

(1) Argentina 67%    (2) France 57%

Most shots:

(1) Argentina - 45  (2) Croatia - 40

Most goals scored:

(1) Croatia - 7   (2) Argentina, France & Nigeria - 3

Qualified for last 16

France, Denmark, Croatia and Argentina

Groups E & F

Highest average possession:

(1) Germany 72%  (2) Brazil 62%

Most shots:

(1) Germany - 72  (2) Brazil - 57

Most goals scored:

(=1) Brazil, Switzerland - 5    

Qualified for last 16

Brazil, Switzerland, Sweden and Mexico

Groups G & H

Highest average possession:

(1) Japan 57%   (2) England 56%

Most shots:

(1) Belgium - 52   (2) England - 40

Most goals scored:

(1) Belgium - 9      (2) England - 8

Qualified for last 16

Belgium, England, Colombia and Japan 



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