If you are as obsessed with the World Cup as I am, be prepared to waste a few hours (read:days) of your life. Castrol Football has a World Cup predictor page that will help you analyze the matches from a particular team, group, individual match, or opponent predictor. Here is how they come up with the predictions:
“The Castrol FIFA World Cup™ Predictor measures past team and player performance based on every international match in the last 10 years to calculate the attack and defence ratings of each team competing in the tournament. Then, by simulating the tournament more than 100,000 times, Castrol has calculated each team’s chances of progression through the tournament.”
Here is the Opponent Predictor for the US:
And the Group Predictor:
These predictors update themselves after every round and will run these simulations throughout the tournament. If you are not in a pool or bracket challenge now is the time to hop on board, just don’t blame me if you get fired from your job.