Portugal ninth most likely nation to win the World Cup

in Sport · 03-05-2018 15:55:00 · 0 Comments

The Observatory Weekly Post has this week revealed the most likely World Cup winners according to an exclusive power index. Portugal has been placed in ninth, with Spain the favourites ahead of Brazil and France, while England is fifth, just behind Germany.

This index combines the average percentage of matches played at domestic league level since July 2017 by the 23 most fielded players per team in the qualifying campaign with the average sporting level of employer clubs.

During the current season, the 23 Spanish footballers most fielded in the qualification stage have on average played 81.1 percent of domestic league matches. This is the highest figure measured among all participating teams. The average sporting level of the clubs employing Spanish players is also the greatest overall: 1.37. According to these criteria, Spain is well placed to repeat its 2010 success. Three other teams have a power index of more than 80: Brazil, France and Germany.


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