With the group stage coming to its conclusion, we’ve taken a look at how finalists in the last 20 years performed in their first three games to see if we can gain some pointers for the remainder of the tournament. Some key stats are shown below:
- France in 2006 were the only finalists in the last 20 years not to have won their group
- No finalist in the last 20 years has conceded more than three goals in the group stages
- The last five World Cup winners all picked up at least six points in the group stages
- The last five World Cup winners all scored at least four goals in the group stages
Hobart hosts a 7 race program on Sunday with soft track racing again expected. The promising Savs Finale takes his place in race 4 and looks to continue on from his dominant first-up win, while the rejuvenated Matiano gets his chance to display his newly discovered will to win in race 7.