50 Stats from 2018 World Cup Round 1

0 – Egypt are still winless at World Cup finals (D2, L3).

0 – David de Gea didn’t make a single save versus Portugal, conceding three goals.

1 – Japan became the first Asian side to beat South American opposition at a World Cup in their 2-1 win over Colombia (D3, L14).

1 – Yuri Gazinskiy’s goal for Russia came from the first shot on target at the 2018 World Cup.

2 – Spain have now only won 2 of their last 13 opening World Cup matches (D4, L7).

2 – Iran’s 1-0 win over Morocco was only the Asian nation’s second-ever win at a World Cup (D3, L8).

2 – Only two of the 14 European nations lost their opening game (Germany and Poland).

2 – Harry Kane scored more goals on his World Cup debut (2) than Wayne Rooney did in 11 World Cup appearances (1).

3 – Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1, L2).

3 – All three of Senegal’s World Cup victories have been against European nations (France, Sweden and Poland).

3 – This is the third consecutive World Cup in which the reigning champion has failed to win their opening match.

3′ – 02:56 – Carlos Sanchez’s red card for Colombia after two minutes and 56 seconds is the second fastest shown in World Cup history.

4 – There have been four direct free kicks scored in the opening 16 matches.

4 – Cristiano Ronaldo became the fourth player to score in four separate World Cups (after Pelé, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose).

4 – Rafael Márquez became the first player to captain a side at four different World Cups.

4 – Valon Behrami became the first Swiss player to appear in four different World Cup finals.

4 – All four of Mat Ryan’s saves for Australia against France came in the opening eight minutes.

5 – Russia scored more goals in their opening game than in the entirety of either of their previous two World Cup tournaments.

5 – Rafael Márquez became only the third player to feature in a fifth World Cup (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018), after fellow Mexican Antonio Carbajal and Germany’s Lothar Matthäus.

6 – Argentina’s Javier Mascherano and Sweden’s Marcus Berg committed the most fouls.

7 – England are unbeaten in all seven meetings versus African nations at a World Cup (W4, D3).

7 – South Korea are now winless in their last seven World Cup games (D2, L5).

7 – Peru are now winless in their last seven World Cup games (D2, L5).

9 – South Korea have now only won one of their last nine World Cup matches (D3, L5).

9 – Sergio Agüero scored his first World Cup goal in what was his ninth appearance.

9 – Mexico’s Guillermo Ochoa made the most saves.

10 – Neymar won 10 free kicks during Brazil 1-1 Switzerland.

11 – Each of Belgium’s last 11 World Cup goals have come in the second half.

11% – Mexico have lost just two of their past 18 World Cup group games (W9, D7).

11 – Saudi Arabia have not won any of their past 11 games at a World Cup (D2, L9).

11 – Lionel Messi failed to score with any of his 11 attempts on goal during Argentina 1-1 Iceland – more than any other player who didn’t score in the opening round of games.

12 – Tunisia are winless in their past 12 World Cup matches (D4, L8).

19 – African teams are winless in their last 19 World Cup matches against South American opposition (D4, L15).

21 – Russia’s 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia means that the host nation have never lost their opening match in any  the World Cup (W16, D6).

23 – South Korea committed the most fouls.

26 – Germany failed to score with any of their 26 efforts on goal versus Mexico.

27 – Argentina attempted the most efforts on goal.

33 – Cristiano Ronaldo became the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history.

38 – Russia’s Sergei Ignashevich (38 years, 335 days) became the oldest outfield player to play in a World Cup since Cameroon’s Roger Milla in 1994.

45 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal from a direct free kick at a major international tournament from 45th attempt.

57% – Four of the seven goals conceded by African nations have come in the 86th minute or later.  Three of them have changed the result from a draw to loss.

59′ – Croatia 2-0 Nigeria went the longest without a single shot on target in the opening round of matches – 59 minutes.

77% – Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at a World Cup.

78% – Poland have lost seven of their past nine World Cup matches.

82% – 18 of the 22 shots in Iran 1-0 Morocco came in the first half.

83% – Five of the six goals conceded by African nations have been from corners.  The other came via a penalty conceded from a corner.

89 – Artem Dzyuba scored for Russia just 89 seconds after coming on as a substitute.

100% – Spain’s Diego Costa has scored with both of his shots on target in World Cup finals.

104 – Branislav Ivanovic became Serbia’s most-capped player of all-time during their 1-0 win over Costa Rica.

144 – Javier Mascherano became Argentina’s most-capped player of all-time during their 1-1 draw with Iceland.


Salah vs Kane: 2017-18 Premier League Golden Boot race

The 2017-18 Premier League Golden Boot was won by Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, scoring a record 32 goals in a 38-game season, narrowly preventing Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane from winning the award for a third consecutive season.

Kane’s 30 goals were the most the runner-up has ever scored in a 38-game campaign and would have been enough for him to win the prize in 19 of the previous 22 campaigns (sharing it 3 times).

However, Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool made one of the signings of last summer when they brought Mohamed Salah onto English shores from AS Roma.  The Egyptian international was coming off the back of a 15-goal season in Serie A in his 31 appearances from out wide.

Salah quickly proved José Mourinho and any doubters wrong with goal after goal in the Premier League – settling back into England with no problem at all, having failed to be given much of an opportunity at Chelsea between 2013-15 before he was sent to Italy, initially on loan, before Roma made the deal permanent.

The 25-year-old will be looking to take Liverpool one step further on Saturday when they face Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final.  The Reds are five-time winners of Europe’s most prestigious trophy whilst opponents Real Madrid are the record winners (12 times).

As for Harry Kane, who knows how many goals the England striker could have scored in Mauricio Pochettino’s side but for an ankle injury late in the season.  Although he only missed starting Spurs’ 3-1 win at Chelsea, perhaps he’d have netted more versus the likes of Stoke City, Watford and West Bromwich Albion; games where he looked rusty as he was getting back to full match fitness.

The 24-year-old is yet to win a trophy at White Hart Lane, or Wembley Stadium, for the North London club, and few would fancy his chances at this summer’s World Cup either.  The question mark that comes up season after season for Kane is whether he should leave Tottenham in order to pick up some trophies in his career.

Whilst time is still very much on his side, and that he is currently part of the best Tottenham team in the Premier League era, his name has been strongly linked to the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United in recent times.  Harry Kane could quite simply walk into the starting lineup of any team in the world right now – but would Daniel Levy sanction a move?  Very unlikely, unless you want to smash the world record transfer fee, a few times over.

Harry Kane’s 30 goals this past season was a personal best for the England international.  20 of them came in open play and only two from the penalty spot.  He showed his ability with each foot by scoring 10 on his left, 13 on his right and six headers this past season, whilst Mohamed Salah was reliant on his lethal left foot that was responsible for 25 of his goals, cutting in from the right.

The Tottenham striker also opened the scoring on more occasions than his Liverpool counterpart – 11 times versus nine.  However, Mohamed Salah has one of the most impressive stats of the 2017-18 Premier League season in that he scored in 63% of the Reds’ games – an incredible 24 different matches!

These stats and more are summed up excellently in the below graphic I came across, produced by Betting.NET:

100+ stats from the 2017-18 Premier League season

0 – Liverpool were the only team to avoid defeat at home this season.

0 – Burnley and Crystal Palace were the only teams not to be reduced to 10 men in any game this season.

0 – There were no cards shown in the Merseyside derby in April.

1 – Chelsea became the first team to win a Premier League game at Wembley Stadium.

1 – Huddersfield Town spent more days top of the Premier League than third-place finishing Tottenham Hotspur.

1 – Henrikh Mkhitaryan became the first player to score for and against Manchester United in the same Premier League season.

1 – By denying Romelu Lukaku from the spot in September 2017, Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel has now saved more Premier League penalties at Old Trafford than his father, Peter (0).

2 – Tottenham Hotspur have finished above Arsenal in back-to-back seasons for the first time in the Premier League era.

2 – West Bromwich Albion’s win at Old Trafford in April was only the second time Manchester United have lost at home to the bottom of the table club (after Blackburn Rovers in December 2011).

2 – Leicester City’s Wilfried Ndidi was the only player sent off more than once this season.

3 – In November 2017, Arsenal made in three consecutive Premier League victories over Burnley with a goal in the 90th minute or later.

3 – Burnley became the first visiting team to score three goals at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League game.

3 – In October 2017, Watford became the first team to score a result-altering last-minute goal in three successive matches.

3 – Mark Hughes became only the second manager to lose three Premier League games against one opponent (Chelsea) in the same season (after Graeme Souness vs Arsenal in 2004-05).

3 – This was just the third season in which all three promoted sides avoided relegation (also 2001-02 and 2011-12).

4 – The last three occasions that West Ham United have conceded four goals in the second half of a Premier League game have all been against Arsenal.

4 – Brighton & Hove Albion’s Lewis Dunk equaled the record for four own goals in a single season (with Martin Škrtel).

4 – Frank de Boer’s reign as Crystal Palace manager was the shortest in terms of matches managed in the Premier League by a permanent appointment.

4 – In March 2018, Mohamed Salah scored with all four of his efforts on goal versus Watford.

4 – Joe Willock became the fourth player who was born after Arsène Wenger‘s first match in charge to make a Premier League appearance for Arsenal (after Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson & Eddie Nketiah).

4 – Charlie Austin has scored in all four of his Premier League games against Arsenal in his career.

5 – Manchester City won the title with five games remaining, equalling the Premier League record set by Manchester United in 2000-01.

5 – Leicester City received the most red cards.

5 – Paul Lambert is unbeaten in all five games as a manager at Anfield (W2, D3).

6 – Olivier Giroud scored six goals as a substitute this season – more than any other player.

6 – Jamie Vardy became the first player to score against all of the ‘big six’ clubs in a single season.

7 – Tottenham Hotspur have won more Premier League away games at Stoke City than any other team.

7 – Burnley won seven away games this season – two more than in their three previous Premier League campaigns combined (5).

7 – Crystal Palace became the first team to lose all seven of their opening fixtures.

7 – Sam Allardyce took charge of a Premier League record 7th club (Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Sunderland, Crystal Palace & Everton).

7 – Luka Milivojević scored seven penalties for Crystal Palace this season – more than any of the other 19 Premier League teams scored.

7 – West Bromwich Albion’s Salomón Rondón tied a Premier League record of scoring in seven different games but not winning any (D3, L4).  Jordan Ayew set the record in 2015-16.

8 – Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah became the eighth different player to score 30+ goals in a single Premier League campaign (after Andrew Cole, Alan Shearer, Kevin Phillips, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie & Luis Suárez).

9 – Tottenham Hotspur 5-4 Leicester City was the highest-scoring game at the new Wembley Stadium.

9 – Jamie Vardy scored in nine different games in which he lost this season – a Premier League record.

9 – Crystal Palace lost all nine matches in which Wilfried Zaha didn’t play.

10 – Paul Pogba has won all 10 Premier League games in which he has scored.

11 – West Bromwich Albion’s Darren Moore won more points in his six games in charge this season (11) than both Alan Pardew (8 in 18) and Tony Pulis (10 in 12) did for the Baggies.

11 – Christian Eriksen’s strike after 11 seconds is the quickest goal Manchester United have ever conceded in the Premier League.

11 – Wayne Rooney has now missed a joint-Premier League high 11 penalties in his career (with Alan Shearer).

11 – Southampton’s Oriol Romeu received the most yellow cards.

13 – Harry Kane has still not scored a single Premier League goal in the month of August.

15 – Jermain Defoe has now scored 15 Premier League goals in the 90th minute or later – more than any other player in the competition’s history.

16 – Manchester City set a record for most away wins in a single season.

17 – Mohamed Salah scored against 17 different clubs this season.

18 – Manchester City set a Premier League record of 18 consecutive wins.

18 – 18 of Burnley’s Premier League games were 0-0 at half-time – a league high.

18 – Raheem Sterling scored 18 goals in the Premier League this season – twice as many as his previous best campaign.

18 – David de Gea won the Premier League Golden Glove award for most clean sheets.

18 – Georginio Wijnaldum has now scored a record 18 home Premier League goals without scoring away from home.

19 – Manchester City won the Premier League title by a record margin.

19 – Manchester City and Manchester United beat all 19 opponents at least once this season.

19 – Stoke City go down winless in their last 19 Premier League visits to London (D7, L12).

19 – Olivier Giroud has now scored 19 goals as a substitute – only Jermain Defoe has scored more from the bench (24).

21 – Manchester United won all 21 games in which they took the lead in this season.

21 – Bournemouth picked up a divisional-high 21 points from losing positions.

21 – Huddersfield Town failed to score in 21 of their 38 Premier League matches.

21 – In March 2018, Petr Čech ended a run of 21 penalties faced without saving a single one when he denied Watford’s Troy Deeney from the spot.

22Arsène Wenger has now completed the most seasons as a manager.

26 – Tottenham Hotspur recorded their first Premier League win at Stamford Bridge in their 26th attempt (D9, L16) in April.

28 – Burnley won more points in away games this season than their three Premier League seasons combined.

31 – Kevin De Bruyne became the first player to be on the winning side in as many as 31 Premier League games in a single season.

32 – Manchester City set a record for most wins in a single season.

32 – Gabriel Jesus went unbeaten in his first 32 Premier League matches – only Jens Lehmann (47), Arjen Robben and Didier Drogba (both 37) have had longer unbeaten starts to their Premier League careers.

32 – Mohamed Salah set a record for most goals in a 38-game Premier League season.

33 – Turf Moor witnessed the fewest goals this season.

37 – Sixth place finishing Arsenal finished closer to the bottom of the table (32pts) than they did to the top (37pts).

41 – Stoke City striker Saido Berahino has failed to score in his last 41 Premier League games.

44Sadio Mané became the top scoring Senegalese player in Premier League history.

44 – Jamie Vardy was caught offside on the most occasions.

46Arsène Wenger has beaten more opponents in the Premier League than any other manager.

48Arsène Wenger has now won at more Premier League stadiums than any other manager.

50 – Mesut Özil became the quickest player to record 50 Premier League career assists (141 games).

51 – Chelsea have now won at more Premier League stadiums than any other team.

51 – Arsenal conceded more goals this season than in any other Premier League campaign.

60+ – Bournemouth have conceded more than 60 goals in each of their three Premier League campaigns.

68 – No team conceded more goals than 13th place West Ham United (level with Stoke City).

69 – Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojević committed the most fouls.

72 – Kevin De Bruyne attempted more shots from outside the box than any other player.

73 – West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United collected the most yellow cards this season.

+79 – Manchester City set the record for best goal difference in a single season.

83% – Manchester City recorded a season-high 83% possession in their 5-0 mauling of Swansea City in April.

95 – Watford’s Richarlison won the most free kicks.

97 – There were just 97 seconds between Paul Pogba’s first and second goals in the Manchester derby in April.

100 – Manchester City set a new record for a single season points tally.

100% – Manchester City have won all six of their Premier League matches versus Swansea City.

105 – Arsenal have now scored 105 goals against Everton in Premier League history – more than any team has against a single opponent.

106 – Manchester City set a new single season record for most goals scored.

108 – Chelsea were caught offside more times than any other team.

123 – Gareth Barry extended his record in collecting 123 yellow cards during his career.

142 – Stoke City’s Jack Butland made the most saves.

151 – Peter Crouch has now made a Premier League record 151 appearances as a substitute.

153′ – Manchester City were behind for just 153 minutes in the Premier League this season.

184 – Harry Kane attempted 40 more shots than any other player.

200 – Sam Allardyce became only the second manager to lose as many as 200 games in their Premier League career (after Harry Redknapp (238)).

201Petr Čech has now kept a Premier League high 201 clean sheets in his career.

460 – Everton committed the most fouls.

640′ – Crystal Palace started the season without scoring a single goal in their opening 640 minutes.

653 – Gareth Barry has now made the most appearances in Premier League history.

828Arsène Wenger has overseen more Premier League games as a manager than any other in the competition’s history.

930 – Danny Ings scored his first Premier League goal for 930 days during the season.

1000 – Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all played their 1,000th Premier League game.

4869 – Wayne Rooney’s first Premier League goal this season was his first in the Premier League for Everton in 4,869 days.

83222 – Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Arsenal on 10 February 2018 at Wembley Stadium saw a new Premier League record attendance.

Top 5 contenders to win FIFA World Cup 2018

There’s no denying the fact that FIFA World Cup is extremely popular in every part of the world. It happens every 4 years and this time it’s scheduled to be held in Russia from June 14.

Like the earlier editions of the World Cup, there will be 32 nations participating in the tournament this time too, and there will be plenty of World Cup betting action as well! Before we go over the 5 teams with the best chance of winning the trophy this time, here are 20 important stats you should refer to ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Onto the teams now!


Germany’s performance in the FIFA competitions has always been nothing short of magnificent. While majority of the other teams rely on big names, Germany banks upon teamwork. They undeniably have the best line-up in the world right now, with players like Mats Hummels, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller, Marco Reus, Toni Kroos, Nicklas Sule, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Julian Draxler, Jerome Boateng and others in the ranks. Here’s a detailed team profile of the German football team.

The gameplay techniques and skills of the German players are quite different compared to the other squads. No one would be surprised if they go all the way and win the World Cup once again.


Considered the most in-form team from Europe right now, the French team has one of the best squads with solid quality and depth in all the three departments of: attack, defence and midfield.

They have players like Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane and N’Golo Kante at the prime stage of their careers. With the kind of squad they have, French are capable of winning any given day. It’s a fairly young team that’s expected to get even better once the World Cup starts.


After having lost the Copa America and World Cup last time, Argentinians must be really desperate to bag the coveted title this time around, for the 3rd time in the history of the event.

Although they aren’t in the top form right now, everyone knows how Argentinians can bounce back once the World Cup begins. They cannot be ruled out at all and definitely deserve to be among the prime contenders for the title.


After having had a nightmarish semi-finals in the 2014 World Cup, Brazil would be looking for some redemption, as well as completion of the leftover task. And the best way to do that is by winning the World Cup trophy.

Everyone is aware that Brazil has a very deadly squad and some of the best players of the recent times, like Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Marcelo, Philippe Coutinho and others. There’s loads of experience in the lone-up, for every position on the field.


One of the few teams that have undergone some major changes since the last World Cup, Spain has many talented players like David de Gea, Thiago Alcantara, Isco and Alvaro Morata filling up the gaps left by the previous talented generation.

The current Spanish football team has a nice and intelligent mix of both experience and youth. A team that consists of quality players like Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos, Marco Asensio, David Silva, Isco and Alvaro Morata can never be undermined!

20 Stats from Premier League Matchday 35 ft. Man City & Henrikh Mkhitaryan

0 – Arsenal have failed to pick up a single point in an away Premier League game in 2018 (L6).

1 – Henrikh Mkhitaryan became the first player to score for and against Manchester United in the same Premier League season.

2 – It has taken Darren Moore only four matches (W,2 D2, L0) to win more games as West Bromwich Albion manager than Alan Pardew (W1, D5, L12) and as many as Tony Pulis (W2, D4, L6) did this season.

5 – Leicester City have now picked up five red cards this season – more than any other side.

5 – Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton have been involved in the most 0-0s this season.

6 – Olivier Giroud’s last six Premier League goals have all come from the substitutes bench.

7 – Watford have failed to score in their last seven Premier League away games.

9 – Brighton & Hove Albion have scored the fewest goals in away games this season.

10 – Four Manchester City players have scored 10 or more Premier League goals this season (Sergio Agüero, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus & Leroy Sané).

10 – Manchester United have won all 10 of their Premier League games in which Paul Pogba has scored.

12 – Stoke City have failed to win any of their last 12 Premier League games (D7, L5) since beating Huddersfield Town on 20 January.

17 – Burnley have been 0-0 at half-time in a league high 17 Premier League games this season.

19 – Huddersfield Town have now failed to score in 19 different Premier League games this season – a league high.

24 – Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 24 goals in 25 Premier League starts (18 goals, 6 assists).

30 – Manchester City have won 30 Premier League games already this season, equalling the record for most wins in a 38-game season (with Chelsea in 2016-17).

50 – Antonio Conte reached 50 Premier League wins in only 73 games in charge – only José Mourinho (63) and Pep Guardiola (69) have reached this milestone as manager in fewer games.

50 – Watford’s Richarlison has now failed to score with his last 50 shots in the Premier League.

60 – Bournemouth have now conceded 60+ goals in all three of their Premier League seasons.

67 – West Ham United have conceded a league high 67 goals.

100+ – Manchester City became the fourth team to score 100+ goals in a single Premier League season (after Chelsea (103 in 2009-10), Manchester City (102 in 2013-14) and Liverpool (101 in 2013-14)).