World Cup Betting on England – Tips & Markets Guide Part 1

2nd June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

With the plethora of World Cup betting markets on England here we present a guide to the extensive markets on offer and provide current odds, tips and analysis on each of them. With England boss Fabio Capello having completed his homework and trimmed his World Cup squad to the official 23 which he will take to South Africa with him, it is time to seriously look at betting on England at the World Cup. What will the unconvincing international friendly matches done to have dissuaded backing Capello to take England to the promised land of World Cup glory? Are there positive to be taken in the fact that they still won while looking disjointed? Are the positives to gain knowing that the side playing there will not be the one taking the field on June 12th when England play the USA? England are still heavily backed at the online bookmakers, but there are hints that they may be drifting out just a little bit. Most of the time during the build up, they have been around third or fourth in the running, exchanging places with Maradona’s Argentina, and quite a way back, in betting terms, behind Spain and Brazil. So, along with the best odds on England at the World Cup right now, we will explore and guide you through some of the best bets to take on Fabio Capello’s men, with our first part of Betting on England at the World Cup.

England Outright Winners
You seriously have to assess the chances of England winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup as fair. There are still questions about the team and the squad, even though they have a world class manager at the helm. By checking out our free download of a World Cup fixtures chart you can see that England will probably have to go through both Brazil and Spain to win the World Cup. That is where the crux of the considerations of whether to lay your money on England or not, will lie. It is relatively easy to be confident of England winning Group C, and probably the second round. But once the tournament hits the quarter final stage, the climb to the top suddenly gets a lot steeper. By planning the route with our World Cup chart, you can see that England will probably face France in the Quarter Finals. That is a winnable game, surely, and with the French being unpredictable, it may not even be them. Also take into consideration the depth of England’s squad. Look at how much consternation has been raised over the injury worry to one man, Gareth Barry. The back up plans looked unconvincing, and imagine if that had been Wayne Rooney? Should you base your betting on the thought of key players getting injured? It’s something that has happened before to England, losing key players at vital times, so it is a consideration, yes. Remember Rooney’s broken foot at Euro 2004? Remember Rooney missing England’s 2006 World Cup opener against Paraguay? Michael Owen’s broken foot in 2006? Beckham’s metatarsal in 2002? Bryan Robson’s in injuries in 1986 and 1990? Could a Rooney-less England win the World Cup? A fully fit England should easily make the quarter finals though, and that is reflected in their price. It is those crucial last three games that one wonders about. At the odds they are, they are well worth a punt none the less.

England to Win Group C

There seems little doubt about this one happening. If England are serious about their intentions, then they should stroll to the top of this group with three wins from three. The USA, Algeria and Slovenia should not stand in their way at all, but they do provide good varied opposition to build momentum against. Betting on the World Cup at Bet365 has England at a very comfortable 1/3 to win the group. That is a pretty safe bet for England’s 2010 World Cup campaign, but clearly with no great returns on it. The bookmakers back England, and therefore you are not going to earn a lot unless you bet big, as a £10 bet on that would only fetch you about £3 in actual profit. Is it worth it? Depends on how big a bettor you are, as at least it does promise some return.

Stage of Elimination
Taking all of the above into consideration, you can start to predict at what stage of the competition England will get knocked out. Probably not something that England fans want to think about too much, but the bets are there to be taken advantage off. Again, the World Cup Chart will help to plan this one out. Longest odds at Totesport are for England to crash at the Group Stage at 8/1. Worryingly the bookies seem to think that a Second Round or Quarter Final exit is most likely, with both around 3/1, with a semi final exit not far behind at 7/2. England finishing as runner’s up will fetch 6/1 at the moment, and to win the tournament is around 7/1 which is the same as simply backing England to win Outright. Use the planner and figure out who England may run into. France in the Quarters? Brazil in the semi’s? Spain in the Final? Plan England’s route and you can plan your England World Cup bets.

England Group Points
Easiest to look at over/under odds on this one, if  you want to start getting more in depth with your England World Cup group betting. Bet365 are offering World Cup odds of 1/2 for 6 points or over, and under 5 at 9/2. A fifty percent profit margin on your stake for England at least winning two and drawing one of their group matches, is pretty decent, and worth considering. You can, of course, start looking at nailing the exact points England will pick up in the group. Bet365 have odds of 15/8 for England to pick up 9 points, or Exactly 5-6 at 3/1. England should be good for at least two wins, so seven points will fetch you 21/10. These are narrower markets naturally, and the over/under markets do offer good prices and better coverage.


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