On the Spot!

JD Football has created a study that looks at where players typically aim to score and which parts of the net have the most success rate based on the penalty habits of current World Cup players.

JD Football has used the data from 315 penalties to gather an average and also includes the direction that goalkeepers typically dive or go toward.

Amongst the key findings are:

  • Most penalties are both saved and scored in the bottom left
  • 49% of penalties were saved to the left third of the net
  • 76% of keepers went either left or right, with fewer staying middle
  • The top left has the highest guarantee of scoring although most players are reluctant to take the risk
  • Just 12% of penalties were scored in the top corners of the net
  • Most penalties were scored in the bottom left of the goal 
  • The fewest penalties are scored in the top centre 


For more information visit the JD Sports blog.

How much Data in needed to watch the 2018 World Cup

According to Fonehouse, one of the UK’s leading independent mobile phone retailers, they have calculated how much mobile data football fans will need to stream the 2018 FIFA World Cup on their smartphones.

With many games scheduled at times when fans may be at work or on the move, it is highly likely, according to Fonehouse, that they will opt to stream the matches over their mobile data in an effort to catch all of the action. But how much data does it really take to stream the World Cup and follow your team on your mobile phone?

The biggest data requirements will probably come from the top ranked teams such as Argentina, Brazil, France  and Germany. which Fonehouse predict will play an estimated seven games each. If so, football fans will need at least 3.15GB of data available to stream and see them play. Of course, if any of the big teams are unexpectedly knocked out in the early stages of the tournament, this number will decrease significantly.

Other big data demands and expected to come from Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

England fans, according to Fonehouse, will be pleased, or maybe not so pleased if it means that Gareth Southgate’s squad get knocked out in the early stages, to learn that they may only need around 1.8GB of data to stream the England games. But if England go deeper into the tournament then its fans will be using up a lot more data to watch the team play.

To watch all the 2018 World Cup action, Fonehouse estimate fans will need nearly 30GB of data.

In the UK the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be shown on both the BBC and ITV, meaning that fans can conveniently download the BBC iPlayer app and the ITV Hub app to their smartphones to ensure that they don’t miss any of the action.

Brazil’s squad for Russia

Brazil’s manager, Tite, has announced a squad of 23 players for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. They are:

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Cássio (Corinthians) and Ederson (Manchester City).

Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Fagner (Corinthians), Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Miranda (Inter de Milão), Pedro Geromel (Grêmio) and Thiago Silva (PSG).

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Paulinho (Barcelona), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan) and Willian (Chelsea).

Forwards: Douglas Costa (Juventus), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Neymar (PSG), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk).

The squad is set to meet up in Brazil on 21 May before moving on to England on 27 May where they will play Croatia in Liverpool on 3 June. The squad moves to its base in Russia, in Sochi, on 11 June, with its first group game against Switzerland set for 17 June.

Place your bets… Countdown to Russia

As we countdown to the kick-off of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia it is time for many to consider who the winners and losers might be.

The Betting Institute, an online sports betting guide that helps punters better understand how to bet, is keeping track on the odds and diverse World Cup bets that are being offered by the various UK licensed bookies.

At the time of writing, the Betting Institute has Germany and Brazil as joint favourites, followed by France, Spain and Argentina. Belgium and England, who are in the same group, are 6th and 7th.

Panama and Saudia Arabia are the rank outsiders, but will it be a relative outsider like Colombia and Sweden that takes the top prize?

Odds are quite short on Iceland reaching the last 16, while Messi and Neymar are the bookies’ favourites to be the top scorers in Russia. And how about a flutter on Harry Kane scoring in all three of England’s group games?

For full details of the latest World Cup odds that the Betting Institute is seeing in the market CLICK HERE


US TV Schedule for FIFA World Cup

In the US Fox Sport will air 38 games live on the broadcast network, more than the previous four World Cups combined and the most ever for an English-language network. In all, it will air more than 350 hours of World Cup programming. All 64 games will be live-streamed via Fox Sports Go and Fox Soccer Match Pass. Both the opening game and the final will screen on Fox, both live at 11 AM ET.

Telemundo and its cable network Universo will broadcast all 64 games live in the US; 56 airing on Telemundo and eight on Universo, with Spanish language commentary.

For the US TV Schedule Click Here

Brazil wins Copa America Femenina

Brazil has won the Copa America Femenina and in the process has qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019 (for the 8th consecutive time) and the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo in 2020. Brazil played seven games in the Copa America , won seven, scoring 31 goals and conceding just two.

Chile has taken the second spot for the World Cup, but will have a play off with an African nation for a spot at the Toky Olympics.

2018 Ticket design unveiled

With 69 days to go until the opening match and 100 days to the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, FIFA has presented the World Cup ticket design. Tickets will be personalised with the name of the ticket holder printed on it.

All key match-related information, such as the fixture, stadium, date, kick-off and gate opening time, is printed on each ticket. Each ticket also has details of the category, information on how to find the assigned seat as well as a map indicating the stadium sector in which the seat is located. A list of prohibited items and an abridged version of the General Terms and Conditions for the Use of Tickets applicable to all ticket holders is printed on the rear of each ticket.

The tickets feature key security elements including a barcode positioned on the right-hand side and a hologram next to the sector map.

Fans will undergo the following checks upon arrival at the stadium:

  • External stadium perimeter: fans will be requested to present their FAN IDs and tickets.
  • Entrance to the stadium: electronic ticket validation will be implemented through a radio-frequency identification (RFID) system, which will identify cancelled or counterfeit tickets that will not give access to the respective match.

At the request of the Russian authorities, all fans attending matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup need to apply for a FAN ID – the official identity document issued to fans. Fans are encouraged to apply for this free document as soon as possible after they have received their ticket confirmation email.

A FAN ID and a valid ticket are required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Having a FAN ID gives fans additional benefits and services provided by the host country, such as visa-free entry to the Russian Federation, certain free inter-host city travel and free use of public transport on matchdays. For further details, please visit www.fan-id.ru.