Many Americans are unaware of what a massive event the World Cup is on a global scale, but to put it in perspective, many betting sites expect that the 2014 World Cup to be the most popular bet of all time ufabet ทางเข้า. This is more even than March Madness or even the Super Bowl when it comes to the amount of money placed on the line.
Although soccer remains the biggest popular sport around the world yet it’s still considered a second-class sport by a majority of Americans and Europeans, who think the game to be a bit on the boring side. Those perceptions aren’t likely to change when the early round scores start coming in, since many of those games tend to be low scoring. Using both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups for a sampling, there was an average of 2.27 goals per match in the three group play games. The first match each team played tended to be among the lowest scoring of them all, with an average of 2.03 goals. The team’s third and second matches produced an average of 2.39 scores per game.
There are a myriad of reasons group play games are known to be extremely low-scoring. The first is that the majority of the athletes in the World Cup teams come from different professional leagues and haven’t had the chance to be a part of their team all that often. As with every other sport, it takes time to build the team’s chemistry and cohesion. Teams aren’t at their peak collectively until later on in the tournament.
Another reason is that teams are aware of their rivals most effective offensive players and may put their top defensive players in their place, which will limit their effectiveness. The offensive stars tend to be too focused and perform by themselves, as they have not yet built the required chemistry with their fellow teammates. This especially holds true when you have two good teams competing against each other since there are many talented defenders on both squads who can play shutdown defense.
Another reason for why this game is low scoring is because of the way in which the tournament is arranged. The tournament has 32 teams that participate in the World Cup and they are divided into eight groups. Each team competes against with the three teams from their group. The top two teams from each group move on to the knockout phase, which has a single-elimination format. Teams get three points for a victory as well as one for tie during group play. The goal differential can be used as a tie-breaker.
Within each group, there are huge differences in skill and talent. When the weaker team faces a strong one, the first goal for the weaker team to do is avoid being overwhelmed, which will does not just affect the standings, but also in the goal differential. Teams will typically come out and play a defensive game, and will not put in much effort to score themselves and instead focus all of its energy in keeping the opposition off the scoreboard as much as is possible. The team could be content losing 1-0 against a powerhouse and may continue to play a defensively-minded game if they fall behind by one goal.
As group play continues Bettors must remain conscious of the things that each team requires to move forward. A team that is weak and needs a two-goal win in the third match could take on a massive offensive effort and make it more prone to concede goals. This is one reason for why the third and second games tended to see a slight increase in scoring compared to earlier in the game.