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A Suarez Soiree, Drogba’s Dogma, Grief for Greece?

Thu 19th Jun 2014 | World Cup 2014

Will England fail to progress from the group stages for the first time in 56 years? Can Colombia or Ivory Coast cement their place in the second round? Will the grief continue for Greece?

Airton Risk, a division of Paddy Power PLC have taken a look at some of the stats for today’s games.

The group D match between England and Uruguay in Sao Paulo has become a qualification decider for both teams. The return of Luis Suarez will be of no comfort to the England team, the Premier League’s top scorer 16.67% to score first.

Daniel Sturridge scored a fine goal in England first match, he now has 23 goals in his last 30 games for club and country and is a 2.44% chance to win the Golden Boot.

It may be the last chance for England’s old guard, Frank Lampard will be keen to end on a high and he is 26.67% to score anytime. England did come out on top in passing accuracy after the first round of matches, their 89.5% was ahead of the Spanish, Brazilians, Argentina’s and the Dutch.

For both teams there is a glimmer of hope. On 4 occasions a team has lost a group game but went on to win the World Cup (West Germany 1954 & 1974, Argentina 1978 and Spain 2010). England are still a 3.45% shot to lift the trophy.

The early kick off today is Colombia v Ivory Coast. Didier Drogba made a huge impact from the bench for Ivory Coast against Japan. In their last 26 matches Drogba scored 14 and if he starts he is 32.26% to score anytime. Falcao has been a massive loss for Columbia having scored 14 goals in their last 22 games. They are 26.67% chance not to score tonight. 

Japan v Greece in the last game today, both teams looking to put right their first round defeats. Japan have scored 18 goals in their last seven matches, they are 10% chance to win 2-0, and are they are 45.45% to win the match outright. The omens are not good for Greece, they have never kept a clean sheet in World Cup history conceding an average of 2.6 goals per game - the highest ratio of any side in Brazil.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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