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26th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

Penalty Shoot Out Looming For Old Foes?

Bloemfontein is the battle ground at the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Sunday, as the big England v Germany fixture kicks off. This is the coming together again of two proud nations from the Old Continent, and once again someone will be crying at the end of the match. Paul Gascoigne’s tears in 1990 are one of the most enduring images of England v Germany World Cup clashes, and now England will be hoping to be spared any more tears as they attempt to outshoot their old foes. It has not been an impressive campaign so far for England in front of goal, while the Germans have looked quite strong in going forward with their young side. SportingBet are firing up the rivalry, with their England v Germany 20:10 promotion.

When you place a bet of £20 or more at SportingBet on the England v Germany match, the online bookmaker will give you a Free £10 bet if your bet loses. It matters not whether you back England or Germany, just as long as the bet loses, then you will be compensated by getting a free bet to use on any other World Cup market at SportingBet. Place a bet of £20 or more on England v Germany match prices market (singles or accumulators qualify – and all bets must be at odds of 1.2 or greater). If your bet loses, SportingBet will look after you by refunding you a free £10. So, if you are going to back England at 4/5 to beat the Germans, and they fail to, then £10 will be coming back to you. Of course, there is always the threat of the dreaded penalties now arising during the World Cup knockout stages. You can always pick up prices on either team to win on penalties. You can pick England or Germany to win on penalties at a price of 9/1 at SportingBet.

England v Germany SportingBet Odds
Germany to win: 7/4
Draw: 39/20
England: 13/8

England v Germany World Cup History
1966 – England 4, West Germany 2 (AET)
1970 – England 2, West Germany 3 (AET)
1982 – England 0, West Germany 0
1990 – England 1, West Germany 1 (3-4 penalties)

Interesting Penalty Shoot Out Titbits:

  • Ball at altitude in the final at Johannesburg travels 5% faster than at sea level
  • Germany have the best World Cup Penalty Record = W4, L0
  • England have the worst World Cup Penalty Record = W0, L3
  • It is mathematically harder to save a penalty than it is to hit a baseball
  • It is mathematically and physically impossible for a goalkeeper to save a penalty if they wait until the ball is actually kicked (well, unless they stand still and it is kicked directly into them). With a well taken penalty to the corner, there is not enough time for a goalkeeper to spot the direction of the ball, for their muscles to fire and to reach a goalpost on either side. We are talking in milliseconds here, but by the time the ball is halfway to the goal, that is when the goalkeeper will spot its flight. That does not leave enough time for him to dive. So that is why goalkeepers need to guess and go for it before the player kicks the ball.
  • Goalkeepers guess right 57% of the time (that doesn’t mean they save them, just guess the right direction)
  • Only 22% of World Cup Penalties have been saved
  • In the last five World Cups goalkeepers wearing green have a 38% record saving penalties. Goalies wearing black have a 35% record, and goalkeepers wearing red have a 0% record. Nope, no goalie wearing red has ever stopped a World Cup penalty.
  • Strikers score 74% of their kicks, midfielders net 58% of their kicks and defenders fire in 69% of penalty kicks.
  • Older players tend to miss more, with under 23’s hitting 85% of their spot kicks, while anyone above has just a 71% record.
  • Right footed players have a higher conversion record than left footed penalty takers (69% to 50%)

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