Germany lead goal rush again
Before Germany sparked life into this World Cup with their impressive and ominous 4-0 thrashing of Australia, questions were starting to be asked about the rather lacklustre opening to this tournament.
After a thrilling start to South Africa's World Cup on Friday, the competition went flat and that wasn't only because of England's disappointing 1-1 draw against the USA on Saturday.
This is not exactly scientific but if you take the first eight games from Japan/South Korea 2002 and Germany 2006, the goals per game average is way down.
In 2002, 25 goals had been scored after the first eight games - an average of 3.125 (although it should be pointed out that did include an 8-0 Germany win over Saudi Arabia).
In 2006, there had been 18 goals at an average of 2.25 per game (again Germany scored freely beating Costa Rica 4-2 - anyone see a Teutonic trend emerging?)
So far here, there have been 13 goals at an average of 1.625 per match. To put all those statistics into perspective, the overall average in Japan and South Korea was 2.5 while in Germany it was 2.3.
It is way too early to judge whether this is going to be a boring tournament - and besides, it could mean the teams are more evenly matched than in the past two World Cups - but it does back up a feeling that it hasn't been the most memorable start.
The other cloud on the horizon for organisers is the issue of empty seats. According to Fifa, half of the games played so far have been sell-outs. But reports on the ground suggest those figures are not accurate and Fifa is now investigating.
There was a large section of seats left empty throughout Friday's opening game at Soccer City. Fifa believes it had been set aside for performers taking part in the opening ceremony who then watched from other VIP areas. Even if that is the case, it is a shocking waste as so many South Africans would have dearly loved to be there.
There were also empty seats in Rustenburg for England's game even though Fifa says the 38,646-capacity stadium was full.
Before the tournament started, Fifa said it had sold 97% of the tickets available for the World Cup. But the average attendance as a proportion of capacity so far is 93%.
Transport problems have undoubtedly contributed (there was absolute gridlock going to and from Rustenburg on Saturday night) while Fifa admit plans to hand leftover tickets to workers from host city authorities and companies has not worked.
As with the goals scored so far, Fifa argues it is too early to start making judgments on attendances. But should the trend continue through to the end of the group stage, then questions will again be asked about the way organisers have handled ticketing.