10 interesting stats ahead of Brazil vs Croatia

0.85 – Croatia have only conceded 11 goals in their 13 matches at World Cup’s. This is the best ratio amongst the 31 nations at the World Cup that have previously qualified.

1 – Brazil have finished top of their group stage in each of the last eight World Cups. This includes winning all three group matches in 1982, 1986, 1990, 2002 and 2006. Brazil had already won their group before playing out a 0-0 draw with Portugal 4 years ago.

4 – All four previous World Cups in South America have been won by a South American nation.

5 – Croatia have failed to score in five or their last seven group stage games at World Cup’s.  This includes being held 0-0 by Japan and losing 1-0 to Brazil eight years ago in Germany.

6 – Croatia’s last nine World Cup games have seen six red cards. This includes three in the 2-2 draw with Australia in 2006 and Laurent Blanc’s controversial red card in the 1998 semi-final against France following Slaven Bilić’s dive.

8 – Eight of the last 12 opening games of the World Cup have produced 1 goal or less. However, in 2010 we were treated to hosts South Africa drawing 1-1 with Mexico and prior to that, Germany’s exciting 4-2 opening win against Costa Rica.

20 – The host nation have never lost their opening World Cup game in the previous 19 editions of the World Cup.  The original hosts in 1930 Uruguay did not play the opening game of the tournament, but they beat Peru 1-0 in their opening game. South Korea and Japan were co-hosts in 2002 meaning there have been more hosts than World Cup’s. South Korea beat Poland in their opening game whilst Japan were held by Belgium.  In all there have been 14 wins and 6 draws for the hosts of previous World Cups.

67 – Brazil have won more games at World Cup finals than any other nation.

210 – Brazil are the highest scorers in the history of the World Cup.  Neymar is currently second favourite for the Golden Boot: http://world-cup.betting-directory.com/top-goalscorer-betting.php

240 – Croatia manager Niko Kovač has only been in charge of his side for 240 days. Only Australia’s Ange Postecoglou has been in charge for a shorter period than the former Bayern Munich and Bayer 04 Leverkusen player.