England odds to win World Cup 2014
If England are going to win the 2014 World Cup then they are going to have to do it the hard way by the looks of it, and bookmakers have priced them up as a 33/1 shot at best. Some have gone a little more optimistic at 28/1 but it pretty much paints a clear picture either way of England’s perceived chances at Brazil 2014. They are going to be a big dark horse shot at best, but that of course won’t stop backers coming in with their patriotic bets on the Three Lions taking all of the glory at the World Cup.
England didn’t exactly flatter through their qualification group, not until boss Roy Hodgson decided to throw a bit of caution to the wind and make England a bit more of a youthful attacking unit. It paid dividends at the end of the qualification group, topping the group and booking an automatic spot at Brazil 2014. But ever since they made it there they were hovering around the 28/1 mark, but then in drawing such a tough group to kick things off with, bookmakers have been decidedly unimpressed by the threat of their challenge.
This is a long way from being one of the genuine chasing pack at the 2010 World Cup, where they played some dour football and left with their heads hanging low. They haven’t exactly been a thrill ride under Roy Hodgson where they stumbled and stuttered their way to the Euro 2012 quarter finals under him after he took charge. Still, there has been some promise with him trusting the younger, more attacking players like Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and teammate Daniel Sturridge.
So maybe the difference this time around, and something that makes England odds to win World Cup 2014 more valuable than they were four years ago, is the fact that there is little expectation upon them this time around. With no-one expecting them to throw down a serious challenge, it may actually ease some pressure off them and we will see them apply some positive football.
If they can get out of their group against Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay (4/6 to qualify and 5/2 to win the group) then they should take massive confidence from that big challenge to push forward. So maybe the tough challenge could play massively into their hands, if they can handle it. Imagine how buoyant they would be if they could win their group, then optimism may start setting in.
What would England World Cup betting be without a penalty bet? They are 5/1 to lose on penalties in the competition at Brazil 2014. England stage of elimination betting sees the Group stage as favourite priced at 6/5, with a second round exit at 11/4 and a quater final finish, which would probably be quite a triumph, trading at 7/2.