Written by Shahan Ahmed
World Cup 2014: Computer Picks Spain
It’s time for the World Cup, and AccuScore’s super computer has run 10,000 simulations for each match to calculate the most likely teams to advance out of the group stages and the team most likely to win the 2014 World Cup (see full bracket below).
According to the computer’s simulations, the four semifinalists in 2014 will be Germany, Netherlands, Argentina and Spain. The computer favors Netherlands to narrowly edge Germany and Spain to knock out the final South American team in the tournament.
In a repeat of the 2010 World Cup Final, the computer is picking Spain to again beat the Netherlands in a close game. So, where is Brazil in this whole deal? Well, the computer seems to think that the Netherlands has a slight edge over the host nation in the Round of 16.
A 53 percent to 47 percent edge is hardly a guarantee that the Netherlands will topple Brazil, but one would have a difficult time arguing that the Netherlands lacks the quality to pull off the “upset.” After all, the Netherlands beat Brazil in South Africa en route to the World Cup Final in 2010.
On the other side of the bracket, it’s hard to ever doubt Spain coming through. The Spaniards have won two straight European Championships and are defending World Cup champions. Even if star striker Diego Costa cannot shake off his injury troubles, Spain is stacked with the best midfield in the world—by far. Heck, even Spain’s third-string midfield could probably make a case for best midfield in the competition.
If Spain can finish top of its group, the defending champions would expect to waltz past Croatia and Greece into a difficult semifinals against Lionel Messi and Argentina. Argentina is one of the favorites considering the location of the tournament, but AccuScore gives the Spanish side a narrow 52-48 edge over Messi’s men.
In the final, Spain’s probability of beating Netherlands is not overwhelming. A 54-46 edge is hardly convincing, but Spain would gladly take those odds entering the tournament.
AccuScore is picking winners for every game in the tournament with player projections like the one you see below. See AccuScore’s star-rated Expert picks for the 2014 World Cup .