It’s been a helluva week on a personal level, but I’m completely stoked for the Women’s World Cup which starts Saturday. All of the games are being shown on Fox, Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports 2, and theoretically you can stream them through FoxSportsGo (I can’t get it to work) if you’ve got cable or pay $19.99 for a month of subscription to the online service FoxSoccer2Go — I’m waiting to buy mine until the last minute to make sure I get the final match in my month, because hopefully it works like that.
Anyway, before every world cup I like to do a FIFA spreadsheet that uses the FIFA rankings to predict the winners of every match. This year I threw in the 538 rankings as well, and they actually did predict slightly different games.
It’s worth noting that games never go the way my spreadsheets predict, they’re just a fun exercise in what “should” happen. You can also download it and update it as games are played to predict based on actual results. I will be doing that at least once, before the round of 16 begins.
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