In the past, millions have attempted to master the art of football result prediction to no avail.
For these novice oracles, two team names is often all that’s required to predetermine how a game will pan out and when mismatches in quality are as gross as they tend to be in international soccer, form, team news and omens seldom have any impact on thought process.
If these accepted arm twisters are widely ignored when deciding where the spoils are heading, lesser-recognised factors such as stadium behavioural patterns are sure to have no bearing whatsoever.
But in the realm of international tournaments, where all participants bar the hosts are denied home advantage and are forced to play in unknown grounds on foreign shores, what goes on in these stadiums on a weekly basis may well be worth taking into consideration when placing wagers.
With this in mind, here are some unique characteristics of the ten venues where Euro 2016 fixtures will be contested:
The Parc des Princes, home of Ligue 1 overlords Paris Saint-Germain could, in truth, have been the king of several metrics – most wins, least defeats, most goals etc – owing to the might of its tenants, but Les Parisiens’ two-goal tendency is most interesting.
Turkey take the home dressing room for their Group D duel with Croatia, as do Portugal for their clash with Austria.
Expect to see some red cards doled out in Toulouse, where 11 have been brandished across Les Pitchouns’ home ties this term.
Games at Lille are those the neutral spectators are advised to skip, with just six of the 22 held at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy crossing the 2.5-goal threshold, while those prone to a correct score punt should be keeping tabs on events in Lens and Bordeaux.
There was nothing statistically standout about the latter venue this season, but it played host to three 2-2 ties during France ’98, whereas just shy of half of the Ligue 2 games played at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, where England will play Wales, have ended 1-1.