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Euro 2020 Predictive Model based on FIFA Ranking System

In a previous post, we built a Predictive Model based on FIFA Ranking and making the assumption that the points follow a normal distribution. If we look closer at FIFA’s Ranking Model we will see that it is based on the ELO System where the expected result of the game can be extracted from the following formula:

Euro 2020 Predictive Model based on FIFA Ranking System 1

Simulate the Final-16 Phase Based on the Expected Result

Euro 2020 Predictive Model based on FIFA Ranking System 2
Who is going to Win the Euro 2020 2

Let’s run 10000 simulations to estimate the probability of the Euro 2020 Winner.

# get the UEFA Ranking


ranking<-list(bel=1783,
fra=1757,
eng=1687,
por=1666,
esp=1648,
ita=1642,
den=1632,
ger=1609,
sui=1606,
cro=1606,
net=1598,
wal=1570,
swe=1570,
aus=1523,
ukr=1515,
cze=1459)

win_prob<-function(a,b) {
  
  w_prob<-1/(1+10^(-(a-b)/600))
  outcome<-sample(c(TRUE,FALSE), 1, prob=c(w_prob, 1-w_prob))
  return(outcome)
}

sim_champion<-c()
final<-c()

# number of simulations
n<-10000
for (i in 1:10000) {

#######################
#### Final 16
#######################

# game bel vs por
teams_game1<-c("bel","por")
game1<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_game1[1]]], ranking[[teams_game1[2]]])
if (game1) {
  qualified_game1<-teams_game1[1] 
  } else {
  qualified_game1<-teams_game1[2]}

qualified_game1


# game ita vs aus
teams_game2<-c("ita","aus")
game2<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_game2[1]]], ranking[[teams_game2[2]]])
if (game2) {
  qualified_game2<-teams_game2[1] 
} else {
  qualified_game2<-teams_game2[2]}

qualified_game2


# game fra vs sui
teams_game3<-c("fra","sui")
game3<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_game3[1]]], ranking[[teams_game3[2]]])
if (game3) {
  qualified_game3<-teams_game3[1] 
} else {
  qualified_game3<-teams_game3[2]}

qualified_game3


# game cro vs esp
teams_game4<-c("cro","esp")
game4<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_game4[1]]], ranking[[teams_game4[2]]])
if (game4) {
  qualified_game4<-teams_game4[1] 
} else {
  qualified_game4<-teams_game4[2]}

qualified_game4



# game swe vs ukr
teams_game5<-c("swe","ukr")
game5<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_game5[1]]], ranking[[teams_game5[2]]])
if (game5) {
  qualified_game5<-teams_game5[1] 
} else {
  qualified_game5<-teams_game5[2]}

qualified_game5


# game eng vs ger
teams_game6<-c("eng","ger")
game6<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_game6[1]]], ranking[[teams_game6[2]]])
if (game6) {
  qualified_game6<-teams_game6[1] 
} else {
  qualified_game6<-teams_game6[2]}

qualified_game6


# game net vs cze
teams_game7<-c("net","cze")
game7<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_game7[1]]], ranking[[teams_game7[2]]])
if (game7) {
  qualified_game7<-teams_game7[1] 
} else {
  qualified_game7<-teams_game7[2]}

qualified_game7


# game wal vs den
teams_game8<-c("wal","den")
game8<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_game8[1]]], ranking[[teams_game8[2]]])
if (game8) {
  qualified_game8<-teams_game8[1] 
} else {
  qualified_game8<-teams_game8[2]}

qualified_game8



#######################
#### Final 8
#######################

teams_f8_1<-c(qualified_game1,qualified_game2)
game_f8_1<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_f8_1[1]]], ranking[[teams_f8_1[2]]])


if (game_f8_1) {
  qualified_f8_1<-teams_f8_1[1] 
} else {
  qualified_f8_1<-teams_f8_1[2]}

qualified_f8_1


teams_f8_2<-c(qualified_game3,qualified_game4)
game_f8_2<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_f8_2[1]]], ranking[[teams_f8_2[2]]])

if (game_f8_2) {
  qualified_f8_2<-teams_f8_2[1] 
} else {
  qualified_f8_2<-teams_f8_2[2]}

qualified_f8_2


teams_f8_3<-c(qualified_game5,qualified_game6)
game_f8_3<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_f8_3[1]]], ranking[[teams_f8_3[2]]])

if (game_f8_3) {
  qualified_f8_3<-teams_f8_3[1] 
} else {
  qualified_f8_3<-teams_f8_3[2]}

qualified_f8_3


teams_f8_4<-c(qualified_game7,qualified_game8)
game_f8_4<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_f8_4[1]]], ranking[[teams_f8_4[2]]])

if (game_f8_4) {
  qualified_f8_4<-teams_f8_4[1] 
} else {
  qualified_f8_4<-teams_f8_4[2]}

qualified_f8_4


#######################
#### Final 4
#######################

teams_f4_1<-c(qualified_f8_1,qualified_f8_2)
game_f4_1<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_f4_1[1]]], ranking[[teams_f4_1[2]]])

if (game_f4_1) {
  qualified_f4_1<-teams_f4_1[1] 
} else {
  qualified_f4_1<-teams_f4_1[2]}

qualified_f4_1


teams_f4_2<-c(qualified_f8_3,qualified_f8_4)
game_f4_2<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_f4_2[1]]], ranking[[teams_f4_2[2]]])


if (game_f4_2) {
  qualified_f4_2<-teams_f4_2[1] 
} else {
  qualified_f4_2<-teams_f4_2[2]}

qualified_f4_2


#######################
#### Final 
#######################

teams_f<-c(qualified_f4_1,qualified_f4_2)
game_f<-win_prob(ranking[[teams_f[1]]], ranking[[teams_f[2]]])

if (game_f) {
  champion<-teams_f[1] 
} else {
  champion<-teams_f[2]}

sim_champion<-c(sim_champion,champion)
final<-c(final, teams_f)
}


prop.table(table(sim_champion))*100

sort(table(final), decreasing = FALSE)/10000

Estimate the Winner

By running this simulation above, we can estimate the probability of each team to win the Euro 2020

Outcome:

sim_champion
  aus   bel   cro   cze   den   eng   esp   fra   ger   ita   net   por   sui   swe   ukr   wal 
 1.68 16.22  3.74  1.33  7.64 10.17  6.53 14.70  4.75  6.83  5.99  6.21  3.38  4.37  2.28  4.18 
TeamProb (%)
bel  16.22
fra  14.7
eng  10.17
den  7.64
ita  6.83
esp  6.53
por  6.21
net  5.99
ger  4.75
swe  4.37
wal4.18
cro  3.74
sui  3.38
ukr  2.28
aus  1.68
cze  1.33

As we can see, Belgium has 16.22% to win the Euro 2020 and it is the favorite according to this approach.

Estimate the Probability of Each Team to Reach the Finals

We can also estimate the probability of each team reaching the Finals.

> sort(table(final), decreasing = TRUE)*100/n
final
  bel   fra   eng   den   net   ger   swe   ita   wal   esp   por   cro   ukr   sui   cze   aus 
24.91 22.66 21.63 16.54 14.81 12.62 11.34 11.23 11.12 11.06 10.89  7.96  7.01  6.87  4.93  4.42 
TeamProb (%)
bel24.91
fra22.66
eng21.63
den16.54
net14.81
ger12.62
swe11.34
ita11.23
wal11.12
esp11.06
por10.89
cro7.96
ukr7.01
sui6.87
cze4.93
aus4.42

As we can see, Belgium (21.91%) and France (22.66%) have the highest chances to reach the finals, but also England (21.63%). Compare Belgium and France in terms of chances to Win Euro (16.22% vs 10.17%) versus the chances to reach the finals (21.91% vs 21.63%). This has to do with the fact that England has an “easier” schedule compared to Belgium and France. When the schedule plays a role, then the need for a simulation is of paramount importance.

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