Supercomputer forecasts England's tournament and Brazil-Belgium final.
A supercomputer that also predicted Brazil's victory in the competition has backed England to advance to the World Cup semifinals.
The system developed by
has been used to calculate the Three Lions' possibilities to predict their odds of winning the competition, which starts on Sunday.
England starts their campaign in Group B, where odds makers have given them a 45% probability of winning and a 73% chance of qualifying.
The odds makers have given Gareth Southgate's team an 8% chance of winning the competition in Qatar. They rank them among the favorites.
Only Brazil (14%), Belgium (13%), and Argentina (10%) will be ahead of them when the tournament's later rounds begin, making them one of the favorites.
Surprisingly, the model even projected that Southgate's team will defeat the reigning world champions on penalties, 3-2, after a 1-1 draw, to advance to the semifinals after
defeating France in the quarterfinal stage. But this streak is expected to stop against Belgium, with a 2-0 victory predicted over the Red Devils, who are led by
Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City. As the second-ranked team in the world, Belgium is expected to get to the final, where they will likely lose against Brazil's superior strength.