CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post, in its 225th issue, has revealed the most likely World Cup winners. The conclusion is derived from an exclusive Power Index.
The index combines the average percentage of the matches played at domestic league level since July 2017 by the 23 most fielded players per team in the World Cup qualifying campaign with the average sporting level of employer clubs. Spain tops the list ahead of Brazil.
Spain is tipped to be in the best position to win the FIFA World Cup 2018 title.
The 23 Spanish footballers, most fielded in the qualification stage, have on an average played 81.1% of domestic league matches in the current season. This happens to be the highest percentage among all the measured teams, who have made it to the FIFA World Cup Finals 2018. The average sporting level of the clubs employing Spanish players is also the greatest overall at 1.37.
These analytics place Spain in a strong position with a perfect 100 Power Index to repeat their FIFA 2010 World Cup title triumph.
Brazil, France, and Germany are the other three teams to have an 80 plus Power Index. Panama is placed at the bottom of the Power Index chart with a mere 12 points. Iran and Saudi Arabia too have Power Index scores of less than 25.
The reports suggest that teams with less than 25 Power Index points will struggle to reach the pre-quarter-finals stage.
The Russia FIFA World Cup Finals are scheduled to start on June 14 with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia in Mexico. Spain run into arch-rivals Portugal in one of the three headers the next day.