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Soccer-Stats don't lie: Germans and Uruguay hot for Brazil 2014

Published by Yahoo on Wed, 28 May 2014


By Michael Hann LONDON, May 27 (Reuters) - Form may be temporary, as the saying goes, but when a World Cup is at stake temporary attributes can be crucial to a successful campaign and statistics revealed this week suggest Germany and Uruguay could have the edge over other favourites in Brazil. Sports data analysts Opta have been poring over last season's statistics from Europe's top five leagues in England, Spain, France, Italy and Germany and have constructed a formula that may provide an insight into who will lift the World Cup on July 13. They have come up with a "Dream Team" of form players who should be the ones to watch in Brazil. "The 11 was devised by looking at a range of stats for each player in each position," Duncan Alexander, head of UK content at Opta, told Reuters on Tuesday.
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