20 betting stats ahead of the 2018-19 season

1/33 – Paris Saint-Germain are as low as 1/33 on some betting exchanges to win Ligue 1. If they don’t, it would be one of the biggest betting upsets in history.

1/20 – Some bookmakers are as low as 1/20 on Celtic winning the Scottish Premiership, meaning a £20 bet would make £1 profit. In the past few seasons, several bookmakers have paid out on Celtic after just a few weeks.

8/13 – Manchester City start the Premier League season odds-on to retain the title. No team has started the season with such low odds before.

4/6 – Whether Portuguese maestro Cristiano Ronaldo arrives or not, Juventus are big favourites to win the Scudetto again at odds of 4/6 (Bet365).

2/1 – Harry Kane is favourite with BetStars to win the Premier League Golden Boot.

9/4 – Cardiff City are favourites to finish bottom of the Premier League (Sky Bet).

3rd – Real Madrid are third favourites at 15/2 (Paddy Power) to win the UEFA Champions League, despite winning four of the last five trophies. Manchester City are 11/2 favourites, despite never making it past the semi-final stage.

9/2 – Mohamed Salah’s odds are more than double Harry Kane’s to win the Premier League Golden Boot, despite the Egyptian outscoring the England striker last season.

9/2 – ‘Sleeping Giants’ Aston Villa are 9/2 with Coral to get promoted back to the Premier League. The Villans had 28 consecutive seasons in the top flight before their 2015-16 relegation. You can check out the latest Coral offers to back the giants to wake up.

6/1 – Stoke City are favourites with most bookmakers to ‘bounce-back’ and win the Championship.

6/1 – Chelsea are favourites to win the Europa League. They won it six years ago, but they came through the Champions League route that time.

9 – 45% of the 20 Premier League clubs will have betting companies as the main sponsor on their shirts during the 2018-19 season.

12/1 – The best odds (888sport) for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers to win the Scottish Premiership and stop Celtic from winning their eighth title in a row.

26.999% – Of the 30 teams relegated to the Championship in the last 10 seasons, nine have won promotion back to the Premier League the following season, giving Stoke City, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion a statistical chance of just under 27%.

33 – Number of seasons since any team outside of Glasgow won the Scottish Premiership. Sir Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen were the last team to do so in 1984-85. Aberdeen are 20/1 to win this year.

40/1 – Sunderland, who suffered the ignominy of ‘double relegation’ over the past two seasons can be backed at 40/1 (Bet365) to drop to League Two. They are actually clear favourites at 3/1 to win the League One title.

67% – Nearly two-thirds of Champions League bets have been placed on Juventus (14/1) in recent days – undoubtedly fueled by the rumours Cristiano Ronaldo is coming to Turin.

200/1 – Leicester City have been given odds of 200/1 to win the Premier League by William Hill. They were 5,000/1 when they won in 2015-16.

250/1 – Accrington Stanley, a side who performed heroics to win League Two last season, are the rank outsiders for the League One title at 250/1 (SkyBet).

2000/1 – The bookmakers have learned a lesson over Leicester City’s Premier League title win. Cardiff City have the biggest odds this season (Bet365), but they are 60% shorter than the Foxes were in that remarkable season.

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10 Stats ahead of France-Croatia 2018 World Cup Final

1 – Croatia have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last four matches, since starting the tournament with back-to-back clean sheets.

3 – Since reaching their first World Cup final in 1998, France will now be participating in more than any other nation during this time.

10 – The starting goalkeepers for both finalists, Hugo Lloris and Danijel Subašić, have made just 10 saves en route to the final.

13 – Croatia are the 13th different nation to reach a World Cup final. The debutants are +190 to win on Sunday according to the latest World Cup odds generated into a graph here.

14 – Croatia have received the most yellow cards at the 2018 World Cup.

44% – 71 of the 161 goals at the 2018 World Cup so far have come from set pieces.

75% – Three of the four goals France have conceded came versus Argentina in the second round. The only other nation to beat Hugo Lloris was Australia via the penalty spot in their opening group game.

90′ – Croatia have played an extra 90 minutes than France at this World Cup heading into Sunday’s final. Zlatko Dalić’s side are only the second nation to play extra-time in three consecutive games (after England in 1990).

425′ – Olivier Giroud has played more than seven hours of football at the 2018 World Cup (425 minutes) and hasn’t mustered a single shot on target.

604′ – Luka Modrić has played the more minutes than any other player at the 2018 World Cup.

20 Stats from 2018 World Cup Semi-finals

1 – Croatia have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last four matches.

3 – Since reaching their first one in 1998, France have now reached more World Cup finals than any other nation.

3 – France have now beaten Belgium three times in World Cup matches; more than they have beaten any other side in the competition.

3 – Croatia became the first nation to play extra-time in three consecutive World Cup matches since England in 1990.

3 – England’s last three semi-finals in major tournaments have all gone to extra-time, with the Three Lions losing on each occasion (also vs West Germany in 1990 World Cup, vs Germany in Euro 96).

3 – England have lost three competitive matches against Croatia this Millennium – more than any against any other nation.

4 – France have kept four clean sheets in their last five games at this World Cup (conceding 3 goals to Argentina).

9 – England scored nine goals from set pieces at the 2018 World Cup.

10 – The starting goalkeepers for both 2018 World Cup finalists, Hugo Lloris and Danijel Subašić, have made just 10 saves during the competition to date.

13 – Croatia are the 13th different nation to reach a World Cup final.  The debutants are 6/4 to lift the trophy on Sunday.  Sign up here to place a bet.

14 – Croatia have collected the most yellow cards this summer.

14 – Belgium have scored the most goals.

19 – Croatia’s Ante Rebić has committed the most fouls at the 2018 World Cup.

22% – 35 of the 161 goals at the 2018 World Cup have been headers.

25 – Only Neymar (26) has won more free kicks than Belgium’s Eden Hazard at this World Cup.

44% – 71 of the 161 goals at the 2018 World Cup have come from set pieces.

66′ – England averaged just one shot on target every 66 minutes during their three matches in the knockout stage.

90′– Croatia have played an extra 90 minutes than France at this World Cup heading into Sunday’s final.

425′ – France striker Olivier Giroud has now played more than seven hours of football at the 2018 World Cup (425 minutes) without mustering a single shot on target.

604′ – Croatia’s Luka Modrić has played the most minutes at this World Cup.

10 Stats ahead of England-Croatia 2018 World Cup Semi-final

1 – Croatia striker Mario Mandžukić has only hit the target with one of his eight efforts on goal this summer.  It produced the equaliser versus Denmark in the second round.

2 – Croatia are only the second nation to win two penalty shootouts in a single World Cup tournament (Argentina in 1990).

6 – Harry Kane has scored six goals from six shots on target in Russia this summer.

8 – Croatia have had eight different goalscorers at the 2018 World Cup – only Belgium (9) have had more.

12 – 12 different Croatian players have collected a yellow card in this tournament.

73% – Eight of England’s 11 goals have come from set pieces (5 corners, 3 penalties).

77% – England have scored with 10 of their last 13 shots on target at the 2018 World Cup, since their opening game.

120′ – England have gone 120 minutes since they last conceded at the World Cup, whilst Croatia head into the semi-final having gone 5 minutes since they last let a goal in.

210′ – England have had just four shots on target in their two knockout stage matches.

485′ – Croatia’s Luka Modrić has played more minutes en route to the semi-final than any other player from the four nations to reach this stage.

30 Stats from 2018 World Cup Quarter-finals

0 – There has not been a single booking for diving so far at this World Cup.

0 – Luis Suárez failed to have a single attempt on goal during Uruguay’s 0-2 exit at the hands of France.

2 – Croatia became only the second nation to win two penalty shootouts at a single World Cup tournament (after Argentina in 1990).

2 – Uruguay received twice as many yellow cards in their quarter-final than they did in their previous four games combined.

3 – England have reached their third World Cup semi-final.

3 – France have beaten three different South American nations at the 2018 World Cup (Peru, Argentina & Uruguay).

3 – Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson is the only player to have received as many as three yellow cards.

4 – There will be a European winner of the World Cup for a fourth successive tournament.

4 – In all four quarter-finals the team with the fewest shots on target progressed.

4 – All four nations who have taken the first spot kick in their penalty shootout at this World Cup have lost (Denmark, Spain, Colombia and Russia).

4 – All four matches to go to extra-time at this World Cup have all headed to penalties.

4 – Brazil have been eliminated by European nations in each of the last four World Cups (France in 2006, Netherlands in 2010, Germany in 2014 and Belgium in 2018).

6 – France have scored with each of their last six shots on target.

6 – Neymar has been caught offside on the most occasions.

7 – Antoine Griezmann has scored seven goals in his last six appearances in the knockout stages of major tournaments.

9 – Belgium have now had nine different goalscorers at the 2018 World Cup.

10 – France are unbeaten in their last 10 World Cup matches versus South American nations (W6, D4).

11 – France have allowed only 11 shots on target during their five games – the fewest among the semi-finalists/

11 – England have been caught offside more than any other nation.

13 – England have produced just 13 shots on target in their last four matches combined.

13 – Belgium have never kept a clean sheet in any of their 13 World Cup knockout round matches.

15 – Sweden’s Marcus Berg has had the most shots in Russia among players who failed to score.

15 – Argentina’s Javier Mascherano, Mexico’s Héctor Herrera, Russia’s Aleksandr Golovin and Artem Dzyuba and Sweden’s Marcus Berg have committed the most fouls.

26 – Neymar has had the most shots at the 2018 World Cup to date.

27% – Only three of England’s 11 goals have come in open play.

45% – Five of England’s 11 goals have been headers.

81 – Russia have committed the most fouls so far at their home World Cup.

86% – Six of the seven goals Russia conceded this summer were from set piece situations.

104 – Brazil have fired in 19 more shots on goal than any other nation.

1930 – This is the first World Cup since the inaugural competition that neither Brazil nor Germany have reached the semi-finals.