Brazil, Argentina Final: Goldman Sachs predicts

Rivals Brazil and Argentina are set to meet in the World Cup final in July, with the host country winning the title for a record sixth time, US investment bank Goldman Sachs has predicted in a report.
Goldman sees a 48.5 per cent probability that Brazil will win the 13 July final, with Argentina and Germany the next most likely teams to succeed with a 14.1 per cent and 11.4 per cent chance respectively.
The predictions were based on a statistical model that analysed about 14, 000 competitive international matches since 1960.
“Of course, it is hardly surprising that the most successful team in football history is favoured to win a World Cup at home,” the Goldman report, written by Chief Economist Jan Hatzius, Sven Jari Stehn and Donnie Millar, stated.
“But the extent of the Brazilian advantage in our model is nevertheless striking.”
South American teams have won all four previous World Cup tournaments held on the continent.
Goldman’s predicted a 3-1 victory for Brazil would add to the decades of rivalry with neighbouring Argentina, who have won the World Cup twice previously.
Brazil are predicted to reach the final after overcoming the Netherlands, Uruguay and Germany in each of the knockout phases, while Argentina is forecast to beat Ecuador, Portugal and Spain.
However, Goldman’s model is not foolproof.
Using data ahead of the 2010 World Cup, it had predicted Brazil, with a 26.6 per cent chance, would win in South Africa. They crashed out in the quarter finals.
Andres Iniesta’s extra-time goal gave Vicente del Bosque’s side a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in the final and their first World Cup title.
Source: Reuters.

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