20 World Cup Qualifying Stats That Hint at What's to Come in 2014

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20 World Cup Qualifying Stats That Hint at What's to Come in 2014
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The World Cup in Brazil in 2014 is just around the corner.

There is still a lot left to sort out in terms of qualification, though, as countries battle for spots in the illustrious international competition.

So far there have been 1,640 goals scored in 559 total matches: Just about three goals per match. 

The home teams have been superior in qualification to date, winning 270 games (48 percent).  A shade under every fourth game has ended in a draw, 125 (22 percent).  Away sides have managed to earn three points on the road on 169 occasions (30 percent). 

Referee's have dished out 62 red cards and 1,951 yellow cards. 

Federations in Europe have the most players thorough the tournament, 1,255 total footballers have represented their country in said group. 

Not nearly as many players used in the Oceania group, just 270, or 985 fewer than in Europe. 

There are many more matches to be played before the final 32 teams are determined, 261 to be exact. 

Everything that has happened so far in terms of ,statistics provides a unique insight into how the World Cup might play out in just a scant 15 months or so from now.

Enjoy, and as always, opinions on the data are always welcome in the comments section.  

Statistics courtsey of FIFA.

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