World Cup Group Games **Stat Attack** (30th June – 3rd July 2018)

So, that’s the Group games done-and-dusted and now onto the nitty-gritty of the tense knockout stages.

The 16 nations remaining will play over four days for a place in the World Cup Quarter Finals, so as always, we are on-hand to give you the best stats for each match.

 

Let’s get going!

World Cup Group Games **Stat Attack** (27th-28th 2018)

Saturday 30th June 2018

France v Argentina 15:00

– Met 4 times before, France 0, Draw, Argentina 4
– FIFA World Rankings, Argentina 5, France 7
– Last met (2009), France 0-2 Argentina
– 3 of the last 4 head-to-heads went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
– France have only scored 1 goal in their 4 head-to-heads vs Argentina
– Both teams DIDN’T score in 3 of the last 4 head-to-heads
– France have lost just 1 of their last 15games
– Both teams have scored in 6 of France’s last 9 games
– 5 of France’s last 9 games went OVER 2.5 GOALS
– Olivier Giroud is France’s current top scorer (31 goals)
– Argentina have lost 3 of their last 12 games
– Argentina have scored in 8 of their last 9 games
– 4 of Argentina’s last 5 games went OVER 2.5 GOALS
– Messi is Argentina’s current top scorer (65 goals)

BEST BET: ARGENTINA TO WIN

 

Uruguay v Portugal 19:00

– Portugal and Uruguay have never played each other
– FIFA World Rankings, Portugal 4, Uruguay 14
– Uruguay have lost just 1 of their last 11 games
– Uruguay have won their last 5 games ‘to nil’
– Both teams DIDN’T score in 7 of Uruguay’s last 8 games
– 5 of Uruguay’s last 8 games went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
– Luis Suarez is Uruguay’s current top scorer (51 goals)
– Portugal have lost just 1 of their last 21 games
– 5 of Portugal’s last 8 games went OVER 2.5 GOALS
– Portugal have drawn 5 of their last 9 games
– Portugal have kept a clean sheet in 3 of their last 5 games
– Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugal’s current top scorer (85 goals)

BEST BET: BOTH TEAMS ‘NOT’ TO SCORE

 

Sunday 1st July 2018

Spain v Russia 15:00

– Met 6 times before, Spain 4, Draw 2, Russia 0
– Last meeting (2017), Russia 3-3 Spain
– FIFA World Rankings, Spain 10, Russia 70
– The last 3 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
– Spain have NEVER lost to Russia (6 games)
– Spain have scored 3+ goals in their last 3 games vs Russia
– Sergio Ramos (Spain) scored 2 pens when the sides last met
– Smolov (Russia) scored a brace when the sides last met
– Both teams DIDN’T score in 4 of the last 6 head-to-heads
– Russia have won just 1 of their last 9 games
– Russia have drawn 3 games in their last 9 games
– 5 of Russia’s last 7 games went OVER 2.5 GOALS
– Fedor Smolov is Russia’s current top scorer (12 goals)
– Spain are currently 23 games unbeaten
– Spain have drawn 5 of their last 8 games
– 4 of Spain’s last 7 games went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
– Both teams scored in 6 of Spain’s last 8 games
– Spain have scored in ALL of their last 23 games
– David Silva is Spain’s current top scorer (35 goals)

BEST BET: DAVID SILVA TO SCORE ANYTIME

 

Croatia v Denmark 19:00

– Met 5 times before, Croatia 2, Draw 1, Denmark 2
– FIFA World Rankings, Croatia 20, Denmark 12
– Last met (2004), Denmark 1-2 Croatia
– Denmark have lost just 1 of their last 3 vs Croatia
– Both teams scored in 3 of the last 4 head-to-heads
– Denmark are unbeaten in their last 17 games
– Denmark’s last 10 games went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
– Denmark have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 8 games
– Both teams DIDN’T score in 7 of Denmark’s last 8 games
– Eriksen is Denmark’s current top scorer (22 goals)
– Croatia have lost just 1 of their last 6 games
– 3 of Croatia’s last 4 games went OVER 2.5 GOALS
– Croatia have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 games
– Mandzukic is Croatia’s current top scorer (30 goals)

BEST BET: BOTH TEAMS ‘NOT’ TO SCORE

 

Monday 2nd July 2018

Brazil v Mexico 15:00

  • Met 40 times before, Brazil 23, Draws 7, Mexico 10
  • Last met (2015), Brazil 2-0 Mexico
  • FIFA World Rankings, Brazil 2, Mexico 15
  • Mexico have NOT scored in their last 3 games vs Brazil
  • Brazil have lost just 1 of their last 6 vs Mexico
  • The last 4 head-to-heads went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
  • Both teams DIDN’T score in the last 4 head-to-heads
  • Both teams DIDN’T score in 11 of the last 13 head-to-heads
  • Brazil are unbeaten in their last 13 games
  • Brazil have let in just two goals in their last 11 games
  • Brazil have won 6 of their last 7 games ‘to nil’
  • Both teams DIDN’T score in 9 of Brazil’s last 11 games
  • 5 of Brazil’s last 6 games went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
  • Neymar is Brazil’s current top scorer (55 goals)
  • Mexico have lost 2 of their last 10 games
  • 6 of Mexico’s last 9 games went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
  • Both teams DIDN’T score in 8 of Mexico’s last 9 games
  • Mexico have conceded just 5 goals in their last 9 games
  • Hernandez is Mexico’s current top scorer (49 goals)

BEST BET: UNDER 2.5 GOALS

 

Belgium v Japan 19:00

  • Met 5 times, Belgium 1, Draw 1, Japan 2
  • Last met (2017), Belgium 1-0 Japan
  • FIFA World Rankings, Belgium 3, Japan 61
  • 3 of the last 4 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • 5 of Belgium’s last 7 games went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • Both teams DIDN’T score in 6 of Belgium’s last 8 games
  • Belgium have scored at least 3 goals in 5 of their last 7 games
  • Belgium are unbeaten in their last 22 games
  • Lukaku is Belgium’s current top scorer (33 goals)
  • Japan are unbeaten in their last 3 games
  • 4 of Japan’s last 6 games went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • Both teams scored in Japan’s last 3 games
  • Okazaki is Belgium’s current top scorer (50 goals)

BEST BET: OVER 2.5 GOALS

 

Tuesday 3rd July 2018

 

Sweden v Switzerland 15:00

  • Met 28 times before, Sweden 8, Draws 7, Switzerland 13
  • Last met (2002), Sweden 1-1 Switzerland
  • FIFA World Rankings, Sweden 24, Switzerland 6
  • 2 of the last 3 head-to-heads ended in DRAWS
  • The last 3 head-to-heads went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
  • Both teams scored in 5 of the last 7 head-to-heads
  • Switzerland have scored just 1 goal in their last 3 games vs Sweden
  • Sweden have drawn 4 of their last 9 games
  • 8 of Sweden’s last 11 games went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
  • Sweden have won just 2 of their last 9 games
  • Marcus Berg is Sweden’s current top scorer (18 goals)
  • Switzerland are 9 games unbeaten
  • Switzerland have lost just 1 of their last 25 games
  • Both teams scored in Switzerland’s last 3 games
  • Switzerland have drawn 3 of their last 5 games
  • Shaqiri is Switzerland’s current top scorer (20 goals)

BEST BET: UNDER 2.5 GOALS

 

Columbia v England 19:00

  • Met 5 times before, Colombia 0, Drawn 2, England 3
  • Last met (2005), Colombia 2-3 England
  • FIFA World Rankings, Colombia 16, England 12
  • 3 of the last 4 head-to-heads went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
  • Both teams DIDN’T score in 3 of the previous 5 head-to-heads
  • England have lost just 1 of their last 13 matches
  • England have let in 5 goals in their last 11 matches
  • 8 of England’s last 11 games went UNDER 2.5 GOALS
  • Both teams DIDN’T score in 8 of England’s last 13 games
  • Harry Kane is England’s current top scorer (18 goals)
  • Columbia have lost just 1 of their last 7 game
  • Both teams DIDN’T score in 4 of Columbia’s last 5 games
  • 2 of Columbia’s last 5 games ended 0-0
  • 5 of Columbia’s last 8 games went OVER 2.5 GOALS
  • Falcao is England’s current top scorer (29 goals)

BEST BET: ENGLAND TO WIN