With Russia set to kick off the World Cup on Thursday, June, as the home nation prepare to take on Saudi Arabia, a robot has revealed who is likely to win.
The machine, powered by international investment firm Goldman Sachs, has ran through over a million simulations of the tournament and concluded that Brazil, who will be led by PSG superstar Neymar, will win the World Cup.
The AI bot predictsEngland will make it to the quarter finals where they will be beaten by Germany, who are second favourites to win, according to the machine learning software.
France, Spain, Germany and Brazil will all be in the semi-finals, with the latter two making the final, says the AI simulation.
Goldman Sachs said the AI software predicted Brazil to become world champions for the sixth time by analysing hundreds of aspects of each side.
Goldman Sachs said: “We feed data on team characteristics, individual players and recent team performance into four different types of machine learning models to analyse the number of goals scored in each match.
“The models then learn the relationship between these characteristics and goals scored, using the scores of competitive World Cup and European Cup matches since 2005.
“By cycling through alternative combinations of variables, we get a sense of which characteristics matter for success and which stay on the bench.
“We then use the model to predict the number of goals scored in each possible encounter of the tournament and use the unrounded score to determine the winner.”
Goldman Sachs adds Spain and Argentina will underperform at the tournament, according to AI.
The bank has predicted Brazil will win the last three World Cups and has been wrong every time with Germany, Spain and Italy crowned victors.
Goldman Sachs said: “The forecasts remain highly uncertain, even with the fanciest statistical techniques, simply because football is quite an unpredictable game.
“This is, of course, precisely why the World Cup will be so exciting to watch.”
The World Cup kicks off on Thursday, June 14, when the hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia in the opening game.
England begin their campaign when they play Tunisia on Monday, June 18.