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Soccer Power Index: Daily update

Explanation of SPI | FiveThirtyEight's World Cup Predictions

ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI) is a rating system which uses historical data on both the international and club level to predict the outcome of a match. The algorithm uses several years of data, taking into account goals scored and allowed, quality of the lineup fielded, and the location of the match. In addition, SPI weights recent matches more heavily, and also takes into account the importance of the match, so a World Cup match counts much more than a Friendly.

Today's match:

Germany vs Argentina, 3 PM ET ABC

Team Germany Argentina
Win Pct 62% 38%
Avg Goals 1.7 1.2

Soccer Power Index ratings for all participating countries in the 2014 World Cup for July 13. 

Rank Team Off Rating Def Rating Rating
1 Germany 3.35 0.59 91.2
2 Argentina 2.56 0.36 89.2
3 Netherlands 2.73 0.47 89.2
4 Colombia 2.59 0.40 89.0
5 France 2.58 0.51 87.9
6 Brazil 2.86 0.75 87.2
7 Spain 2.51 0.62 86.3
8 Chile 2.48 0.62 86.1
9 Belgium 1.99 0.57 83.0
10 England 2.05 0.76 81.0
11 Uruguay 2.10 0.81 80.8
12 Bosnia-Herzegovina 2.30 0.98 80.3
13 Ecuador 1.81 0.65 80.3
14 Portugal 2.18 0.91 80.2
15 Mexico 1.63 0.57 79.7
16 Switzerland 2.18 0.96 79.6
17 Ghana 2.03 0.90 78.9
19 Costa Rica 1.44 0.51 78.5
20 USA 2.01 0.92 78.4
21 Italy 1.82 0.79 78.4
22 Ivory Coast 2.24 1.10 78.3
24 Croatia 2.01 0.99 77.4
25 Russia 1.45 0.64 76.6
26 Nigeria 1.67 0.83 76.3
28 Algeria 2.05 1.12 76.1
30 Greece 1.19 0.56 74.9
34 Japan 2.04 1.34 72.8
40 Iran 1.13 0.83 69.4
47 Cameroon 1.45 1.19 68.0
48 Australia 1.73 1.44 67.6
58 Honduras 1.44 1.33 65.4
60 South Korea 1.52 1.41 65.2

Off Rating: Number of goals a team would be expected to score against a league-average team at a neutral site.

Def Rating: Number of goals a team would be expected to allow against a league-average team at a neutral site.

Changes from yesterday:

  • Netherlands 3 (was 6)
  • Colombia 4 (3)
  • Brazil 6 (4)
  • Ecuador 13 (14)
  • Portugal 14 (13)
  • Mexico 15 (16)
  • Switzerland 16 (15)
  • Costa Rica 19 (21)
  • USA 20 (19)
  • Italy 21 (20)
  • Nigeria 26 (27)
  • Cameroon 47 (46)
  • Australia 48 (50)
  • Honduras 58 (47)
  • South Korea 60 (59)

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