This perfect streak until 2010 also bears a significant win percentage of seventy-eight. Very passable indeed considering the immense pressure and expectation piled on the nations making it that far.
So there you have it. Almost a shoo-in then that one of those teams will be at the big dance in a little over a week. However if the sequence does not revert back to type on this occasion, don’t write to me and complain if you are now roughing it in the backyard in a tent after being banished there by your other half for blowing all the rainy housekeeping money on a bet gone wrong.