A supercomputer has made a bold declaration on the nation that will win the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
The piece of technology that specializes in predicting outcomes of tournaments has tipped France to retain the title of World Champions once again.
Les Blues emerged victorious four years ago, after a dominating World Cup run that saw them eliminate the likes of Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
Over years on and Didier Deschamps’ side still looks quite promising, with a combination of both squad depth and quality.
The return of Karim Benzema to the national squad is also only going to strengthen the squad further.
According to The Analyst model, the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Portugal , England, and even Germany will fall short of glory in Qatar.
The prediction was done using an algorithm which simulated the entire tournament at least 1000 times with varying outcomes. From the simulation, France was ranked as the most likely winner, with a 17.93% probability.
If the predictions somehow prove correct, France will become only the third nation to retain the World Cup after Brazil and Italy.
In second place is Brazil, which was ranked with a 15.73% probability of winning it. Luis Enrique’s Spain, who won the World Cup in 2010, are ranked third with an 11.53% chance.
Quite surprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Messi’s Argentina were outside the top five as far as their World Cup chances are concerned.
12. Uruguay – 1.48%
11. Denmark – 2.03%
10. Croatia – 2.31%
9. Portugal – 5.11%
8. Argentina – 6.45%
7. Germany – 7.21%
6. Netherlands – 7.70%
5. Belgium – 7.90%
4. England – 8.03%
3. Spain – 11.53%
2. Brazil – 15.73%
1. France – 17.93%
Which African team has the highest chance?
As far as African teams are concerned, Senegal were ranked 22nd in the list, with a 0.19% chance of clinching it. They were followed by Ghana – 0.02%, Morocco 0.01%, Tunisia 0.01% and Cameroon with virtually no chance of clinching it.