Believe it or not, some people really enjoy low-scoring football matches. Tactics geeks, professors of football, Jose Mourinho, there’s nothing they like more than excellent defending and the pure thrill of seeing a team’s formation adhered to rigidly. These people are great at parties.

It’s shaping up to be a World Cup defined by such exciting hallmarks, with an average goals per game rate so far of just 1.65. This is rubbish. Italia ’90, despite England’s getting-past-the-quarter-finals heroics is widely considered to be one of the worst World Cups ever.

This is mostly because it holds the unwantd record for the lowest goals per game rate ever: 2.21. As it stands we’re well on track for new low watermark. If the games are going to remain so resolutely underwhelming you may as well make some money off them.
is offering 1/3 that this tournament clocks in with the lowest amount of goals ever. In the modern World Cup the highest-scoring team has never scored less than 14 times. will give you 3/1 that this year the highest scorers this time will fail to exceed that total, but that includes goals scored in extra time.

No-one wants or needs reminding about a certain England goalkeeper’s transgressions. (Oh, sorry.) There’s only been one official own goal so far, though – Daniel Agger’s amusing back-assisted goal for the Nertherlands. is quoting 13/8 that this tournament will have the most own goals ever in a World Cup, beating the previous record of four.

Bets of the day:

This World Cup to have the lowest average goals per game ever 1/3
This World Cup’s highest scoring team to score less than 14 goals (including extra time) 3/1
This World Cup to feature the most own goals ever 13/8
No games in this World Cup to have more than 4 goals scored in total after 90 minutes 6/4