Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Prediction Game: 2017 Confederations Cup semifinal

It's been a while, eh? First off, a couple of things:
  1. I have yet again managed to collect all of the FPL data from the season gone by. It isn't quite as clean as what I had for 2015-16, but it is something. Shoot me a note or leave a comment if there are any answers in particular you want from this data in future posts.
  2. Props to you if you've noticed the new URL.
Today, I want to talk to you about... predictions. Predictions are food for the football soul and such a big part of a fan's build-up to any football match. As we await kick-off in tonight's Confederations Cup semifinal clash between the European and South American champions, here are a few things to ponder about to see if the big match between Portugal and Chile bears out your guesses!

1) How many aggregate goals will be scored?
A) 2 or less
B) 3-5
C) Greater than 5

Info: Portugal are the tournament's top scorers with 7 goals from 3 games. Chile, on the other hand, have found the net just 4 times so far. At the other end, both sides have let in 2 goals in the group stages.

My take: 3-5

2) Will Cristiano Ronaldo score a goal?
A) Yes
B) No

Info: He is the current Ballon D’or holder, and ranks as the top active international goalscorer, shaking the net 75 times for Portugal. He has scored twice already this tournament.

My take: Yes

3) Will the outcome of the game be decided by penalties?
A) Yes
B) No

Info: The only H2H game between these two teams ended in a draw. Chile have played out 2 draws from 3 games in this tournament, while Portugal have managed to win 2 group stage matches.

My take: No

4) Who will go through to the Final?
A) Portugal
B) Chile

Info: Chile rank 4th in the FIFA rankings while Portugal are 8th, and both sides are unbeaten in this tournament. As mentioned before, the only other result in this fixture was a draw.

My take: Portugal

5) Who will make more saves?
A) Rui Patricio
B) Claudio Bravo

Info: The Portuguese stopper has made 4 saves from 3 games in this tournament, while Bravo has only had to get hand to ball twice. Both keepers have a save rate of 66.7% in the tournament, however.

My take: Claudio Bravo

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