After all their whinging about the ball, you’d think goalkeepers were getting a repetitive stress injury from turning around to fetch balls out of the back of their nets.
Couldn’t possibly be further from the truth.
This is shaping up as the lowest scoring World Cup ever held – by a wide, wide margin.
After today's Chile-Honduras match-up finishing at one-nil, there have been only 24 goals scored in 15 matches thus far.
That works out to a miserly 1.6 goals per match.
On average, the lowest scoring World Cup of all time was Italia ’90, when 2.21 goals per match were notched. That means we’re scoring at a rate only two thirds that of the worst pace in history.
And it's not like things should get better. With so many minnows (e.g. New Zealand et al) still in it with the big boys at this point, the first round is where you'd expect to find the baseball scores. But so far, we've had one four-goal game (Germany-Australia) and one three goal game (Brazil-North Korea). Every other match has been two goals or less.
For instance, four years ago in Germany, the first-round average was 2.37 per match.
(Ed. Note: With so much collision between myself and math in the last few paragraphs, there are bound to be several egregious basic arithmetic mistakes. I'm a product of the public school system, people.)
With classy Spain coming up against underwhelming Switzerland, maybe we'll finally see some sort of breakthrough.
According to casinobeacon.co.uk, the pre-tournament heavy money came in on a new goalscoring record – more than the 178 total scored at France ’98. Somebody was clearly listening to those goalie complaints.
Those who took that bet now look sure to lose. In fact, you can get 3-1 odds that less than 115 goals will be scored in all – a modern low.
Seems as if despite all the moaning, it’s the outfield players (Maicon and the Germans excepted) who are having the hard time of it.