Betting Guide to England’s World Cup Campaign

With England’s World Cup campaign kicking off in just a few days time, a few optimistic England fans will be dipping into their pockets to back Roy’s boys. Whilst World Cup success is a long shot at 28/1, what other markets could you be backing?


England face an uphill struggle to progress from their group, with some bookmakers placing England as third favourites to qualify. England not to win any of their 3 games can be found at 4/1 (William Hill) and are best priced at 13/10 (BetBright) not to progress. The more optimistic fans can back England to win all their group games at 12/1 (SkyBet) and not to concede in the opening 3 matches at 16/1 (BetFair). A tricast of Italy topping the group followed by England in 2nd and Uruguay in 3rd is tempting at 6/1 (SkyBet), whilst the eventual winner coming from Group D is 7/2 with Paddy Power. With the difficult conditions in Manaus as well as England and Italy’s notorious slow starts to major tournaments, a draw on Saturday looks a good bet at 2/1 with most bookmakers.

Should England progress, their most likely stage of elimination will be the Quarter Finals where they are expected to meet Brazil or Spain. Odds on them crashing out in the quarters are 4/1 with Winner.

Rooney and Sturridge are both short odds to be England’s top scorer amongst bookmakers at around 11/4, so an outside bet of Danny Welbeck at 14/1 (BetVictor) could be a better move. An England player to win the Golden Boot is 22/1 (BetFair), although no player to score in the tournament is priced at 40/1 with SkyBet.

Penalties are what England players, coaches and fans will all be dreading, and Paddy Power have the three lions to crash out on penalties at 8/1. Joe Hart to save a penalty in a shoot out has good odds of 5/1 (SkyBet), and a price on England’s first goal of the tournament to come from a spot kick can be found at 7/1 (LadBrokes). SkyBet also have England to win the World Cup Final on penalties at 100/1. Now that would end 48 years of hurt.

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