Chances of England to win World Cup 2014
What are the chances of England to win World Cup 2014? Well the bookmakers have recognised that at least the Three Lions, thanks to boss Roy Hodgson opting for youth in his squad for Brazil 2014, are likely just to go out and have a good old go of things. Hodgson deserves credit for his selection, putting his faith in the future of England as they head to South America. The Three Lions had been hanging around a price of 33/1 in the ante post market, but with Hodgson naming his squad, they are currently running as 28/1 shots with online betting site Paddy Power.
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England of course have won the World Cup once before, that famous victory back in 1966. It has been a trophy drought since then and four years ago at South Africa, they had quite high expectation riding on their shoulders. But under Fabio Capello they stumbled and stuttered with uninspired displays, and only just got out of an easy group stage and were subsequently demolished by Germany in the knockout stages.
But the tables have been turned this time around, because there isn’t a lot of genuine expectation on them to produce too much at the World Cup 2014, so with the pressure off them, perhaps this is the time when we will see the best of England. Still, eyeing up the outright market and seeing the big four dominance of Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Spain, England are a long way back from that kind of quality. At 28/1 the chances of England to win World Cup 2014 are around the same mark as that of Italy, Portugal, Uruguay, Holland and Colombia.
So what aces could England have up their sleeve. Well, Wayne Rooney, who has failed to score in eight World Cup appearances for England, needs to produce for them. But in Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, Hodgson could have a non-so-secret weapon, and Sturridge’s pace puts him in at 3/1 to finish as Top Goalscorer for England at the World Cup (Rooney is at 13/5). England need someone to step up in front of goal, something which has been sadly lacking from previous World Cup appearances.
With exciting young talent like Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere, Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley and Danny Welbeck of course, then if England just attack, which is probably their best form of defence, then they could impress. The chances of England to win World Cup 2014 seem to be reliant upon how brave they are. There is no way they are going to survive by trying to play conservative, defence-first football. Their biggest assets are their attacking youngster, so Hodgson has to utilize them to the best effect.
England are drawn in Group D alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica, and are only 11/5 shots to win the pool, and 8/13 to qualify. So they are the outsiders in the three horse race, but they could be worth a shot at some value here. England are 6/5 to get knocked out in the group stage, while are 5/2 shots to be eliminated in the last 16 and 4/1 to make it all the way to the quarter finals and lose out there. The England stage of elimination market looks to be the best value to find on England’s progress at the World Cup.
With a potential meeting against Brazil in the quarter finals for finishing second in Group D, the chances of England winning the World Cup, are frankly, running at dark-horse status. But picking up profit from World Cup betting on England doesn’t just have to focus on the outright winner market of course, there are other ways to get some money out of the Three Lions at Brazil 2014.