With all the talk beforehand being about potential trouble, great to see the 2018 World Cup quickly captivating us with the actual football.

The locals had minimal expectations for what looks a very average Russian team, so good for the tournament that they got off to a thumping 5-0 start.

Whilst last gasp wins for both Uruguary and Iran added to the drama.

Friday night’s thrilling 3-3 draw between Spain and Portugal/Ronaldo has really set the standard though.

So is this set to be the most exciting World Cup we have ever seen, at least in the colour TV era anyway.

Very difficult to compare and contrast different eras but average goals per game must be one of the best ways, certainly when measuring excitement.

Listed below is every World Cup and the average number of goals per game in each tournament.

A major surprise maybe that Italia ’90 was the worst ever!

Our memories are clouded by England doing well no doubt, as that World Cup averaged only 2.21 goals per game.

A major worry as well that two of the last three World Cups are the two next worst, with 2010 South Africa 2.23 and 2006 Germany being 2.30.

However, Brazil 2014 saw things looking up with 2.70 goals per game on average.

The best since USA 1994 (2.71) and only the third time since Mexico 1970 when the average has been 2.70 or higher.

The very best though was 1954, that Switzerland World Cup averaged a massive 5.38 goals per game.

Then Sweden 1958 saw 3.60 per game, since then not a single tournament has managed 3 goals per game, Mexico ’70 the closest with 2.97 goals per game.

Could the 2018 World Cup continue on where Brazil 2014 left off, the first four matches having produced 13 goals already at a rate of 3.25 goals per game.

Hopefully Newcastle United’s Aleksandar Mitrovic can help out.

Goals per game average from every World Cup tournament – Stats via Statista:

3.89 – Uruguay 1930

4.12 – Italy 1934

4.67 – France 1938

4.00 – Brazil 1950

5.38 – Switzerland 1954

3.60 – Sweden 1958

2.78 – Chile 1962

2.78 – England 1966

2.97 – Mexico 1970

2.55 – West Germany 1974

2.68 – Argentina 1978

2.81 – Spain 1982

2.54 – Mexico 1986

2.21 – Italy 1990

2.71 – USA 1994

2.67 – France 1998

2.52 – Japan/South Korea 2002

2.30 – Germany 2006

2.23 – South Africa 2010

2.70 – Brazil 2014

3.25 – Russia 2018 (after four games – before France v Australia on Saturday)

Saturday 16 June fixtures

11am France v Australia (doing its best to frustrate our hopes, a poor 0-0 at half-time as I write)

2pm Argentina v Iceland

5pm Denmark v Peru

8pm Croatia v Nigeria