South Africa faces tough group
It's hardly a secret that the World Cup host team usually meets, and commonly exceeds, expectations. The home team has emerged victorious in six World Cups -- England and France won their only titles at home -- so you don't have to be a statistician to realize the advantage of literally playing on home soil.
As tournament privileges have spread geographically in recent years, though, more countries not among the traditional contenders have been given the chance to host. On the field, those ...
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