Rachel Riley reveals statistic winner of World Cup 2014

Thursday June 5, 2014

Countdown star Rachel Riley has given her prediction on who will win the World Cup 2014 Chile.

The maths whizz, 28, was asked to pore over football data and delve through the record books in a challenge set up by betting experts Ladbrokes.

While Chile currently stands at 40/1 to win, Rachel argued that the South American country was the "dark horse" of this year's tournament.

"Having crunched all the numbers and stats my maths suggests Chile are a good bet to upset the odds at 40/1," said Rachel. "They might be amongst the outsiders, but the statistics and form imply they will be this year's dark horses. They've got a decent team, and although it's a tough group they tick all the boxes and I'm convinced Chile can go all the way.

"Everyone thinks the winner will come from one of the top ten teams, but the key stats on qualifying performance, goals scored, goalscorers, host nation and current outright odds suggest the likes of pre-tournament favourites Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Italy and France will be going home empty handed.

"As for England, I'll be cheering on Roy's Boys, but I'm not sure it's going to be their year."

Chile is currently ranked 13th in the FIFA standings.

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