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Find out if FIFA 15 can predict the future and pocket us £1,000 by correctly guessing the results of five Euro 2016 qualifiers?

We put the science to the test by simulating five Euro 2016 Qualifiers on FIFA 15. The results threw up a 100/1 shot that would return more than £1,000 for your tenner if the game calls it correctly.

by Josh Powell | June 10, 2015

The boffins at EA Sports who create the FIFA series pride themselves on the science behind the game, making it as realistic as possible, right down to the number of pubes on Ryan Giggs’ chest. But with all the technology behind the game, and with a couple of hours to kill in Power Tower, we felt it was the perfect opportunity to put the science to the test, and see whether FIFA 15 could correctly predict five of this weekend’s Euro 2016 Qualifiers, and pocket us a few quid in the process.

The results it threw up were good for Ireland, tough for England, but most importantly, conceivable enough that they are actually possible. The below five-fold was the result of completely simulated games on the Xbox and a £10 bet on Ireland, Slovenia, Romania, Russia and Finland returns a loot of £1,028.

  • Can FIFA 15 predict real football games? Get the latest odds on the Euro 2016 Qualifiers here: Desktop | Mobile

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Republic of Ireland 1-0 Scotland

It was raining in the stadium for this match, so the game’s predictions clearly got off to a solid start. The Scots had a lot of the ball early on but failed to create an opening, before Robbie Keane pounced on a bobbling ball just inside the Scottish area to fire Ireland ahead inside 20 minutes. The Irish did exactly what would be expected of them from then on and spent 70 minutes defending desperately and very rarely keeping hold of possession long enough to ease the pressure. The Irish are 13/10 to win the game on Saturday, while Robbie Keane is a 5/1 shot to open the scoring and it is 11/2 for the game to finish 1-0 to the home side.

Slovenia 1-0 England

A slightly more optimistic prediction from FIFA 15, but one that isn’t completely implausible. Maybe it sensed it was plugged in to a TV deep in the South of Dublin and didn’t want to upset its eager players? Who knows. Anyway Andraz Kirm got the only goal of the game after seven minutes in a match that was as dull as conversation with Adrian Chiles. If you fancy Slovenia to cause an upset on Sunday they are 10/3 outsiders to win. Kirm is a 14/1 shot to score first and a 1-0 win for Slovenia is a 10/1 punt.

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Northern Ireland 0-1 Romania

Devastation for Northern Ireland as they almost held on for a point against league leaders Romania. Alexandru Maxim was the man to break the deadlock with just eight minutes of the game remaining after Romania keeper had made several fantastic saves to keep out Kyle Lafferty. Heart-breaking stuff in Windsor Park. Romania are a 13/10 shot to win the game on Saturday, and if you fancy FIFA to call it correctly, it is 11/2 that they win 1-0. Maxim is a 9/1 punt to open the scoring and it is 33/1 that Maxim scores the only goal in a 1-0 win.

Russia 4-0 Austria

FIFA 15 predicts a crucial win for the Russians in Group G as they hammered Austria 4-0. The game was decided before half-time really with Roman Shirokov and Aleksandr Kezhakov finding the onion bag, before Yuriy Zhirkov scored a screamer 10 minutes after the oranges. Kezhakov bagged his second and Russia’s fourth after 74 minutes, but the game as a contest was over well before then. This is probably the most unlikely result of the five, although Russia are odds-on to win at 19/20. Shirokov to score first is 7/1 and the correct score is an optimistic 50/1 shout.

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Finland 2-0 Hungary

It’s a crucial win for Finland to haul themselves back into the mix for qualification, and it’s all down to a simply brilliant Man of the Match performance from Perparim Hetemaj. The 28-year-old midfielder ran the show in the middle of the park and his brace secured Finland all three points. His first was a nice finish from a set piece, and his second in the 88th minute was from a defensive error from the Hungarians. Finland are a tempting 13/10 to pick up three points this weekend and it is 10/1 to finish 2-0. Hetemaj is 16/1 to open the scoring and it is 100/1 that he scores the first goal in a 2-0 win.

  • Can FIFA 15 predict real football games? Get the latest odds on the Euro 2016 Qualifiers here: Desktop | Mobile

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