Many Americans fail to realize what a massive event the World Cup is on a international scale. To put it in perspective, many sportsbooks expect that the 2014 World Cup to be the biggest bet event in history. Yes, bigger even than March Madness or even the Super Bowl when it comes to the amount placed on the line ufabet ทางเข้า.
Although football is by far the most viewed sport throughout the world, it is still seen as a secondary sport by many Americans, who find the sport to be bit on the boring side. These perceptions won’t change when the early round scores start to come in, given that most of the games tend to be very low-scoring. With those from the 2006 and 2010 World Cups for a study, we found an average of 2.27 goals per match in the three group-play matches. The first matches each team played turned out to be the most scoring matches, with an average of 2.03 goals. Team’s third and fourth matches resulted in an average 2.39 games with goals.
There are several reasons why group play games are known to be low scoring. The primary reason is that majority of team members of the World Cup teams come from various professional leagues and aren’t able to compete with their fellow players that much. Just as with any other sport it takes time to develop chemistry and cohesiveness and teams won’t be performing at their best collectively until later in the tournament.
The second explanation is that the teams are aware of their rivals most effective offensive players and are able to put their best defensive players on them which could limit their efficiency. The offensive stars tend to try and do too much in their own way, because they have not yet built the desired chemistry with their colleagues. This is especially true when you have two good teams competing against one another, as there are plenty of talented defenders on both squads that can play shutdown defense.
Another reason this game is low scoring is due to the way the tournament is set up. There’s 32 teams that comprise the World Cup and they are placed into eight groups. Each team will play with the three teams from their group. The best two teams of each group move on to the knockout stage, which follows an elimination format. Teams earn three points for winning and one point for a tie during group play. Goal differential is used for an icebreaker.
In every group, there are vast differences in terms of talent. When an inferior team is playing a strong team, the primary priority for the weaker team to avoid is being blown out, which does not just affect the standings, but also the goal ratio. These teams will often come out and play an extremely defensive-minded game and not make an effort to score, but instead put all of their effort into keeping the opponent off the scoreboard for as long as it is possible. This kind of team might be content even if they lose 1-0 to the powerhouses and could continue to play a defensive-minded game if they’re lagging by a goal.
As the group stage continues Bettors must remain conscious of the things that each team need to advance. A weak team who needs an advantage of two goals in the third game could play a full-on offensive game as well, making it vulnerable to conceding goals, which is one reason why the second and third matches saw an increase in scoring as compared to that first match.