England World Cup 2018 Betting – Odds, Group & Prediction


Once again England expects. After a stretch of poor performances in major tournaments, the Three Lions go to Russia with a newfound sense of optimism. They have an adventurous new manager at the held in Gareth Southgate, bringing new ideas to the table. But will it be the same old story of disappointments for England?

Winner Odds*

Germany 9/2, Brazil 4/1, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 10/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Russia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken at 7:46 p.m. on April 5th, 2018)


England Group Stage

The Three Lions have a group stage draw that should offer them little problem in trying to get to the next round of the competition. They open their account with a game against Tunisia on June 18th and that is a game which Gareth Southgate’s men are 1/3 odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken at 4:33 p.m. on April 6th, 2018) to take a win in. So they get a chance to build on a confident start in the group and that can only mean good things ahead for them.

In their second match, England will get what is deemed to be their easiest game as they face off against minnows Panama who are making their World Cup debut. So by the time that England have to go up against their toughest group opponents Belgium, qualification for the next round could already be well in the bag for them.

England have had their embarrassments at recent major tournaments and that will always be in the back of the minds of punters and supports alike. But there is such a comfortable run for them in the group stage that they are a lock for a round of sixteen place. England will be hoping that Harry Kane is fit and raring to go and can stay fit as well and he is the 11/10 anytime goalscorer favourite with bet365* (betting odds taken at 4:33 p.m. on April 6th, 2018) to be England’s top scorer at the tournament. The Three Lions are 6/5 second favourites* (betting odds taken at 4:33 p.m. on April 6th, 2018) to win Group G behind Belgium obviously.

England Stage of Elimination Odds

So if England are looking a strong prospect to reach the round of sixteen at Russia 2018 then where does it all fall apart for them? In the round of sixteen the Group G qualifiers will go up against a qualifier from Group H. Housed in Group H are Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan and that is the group which the hardest to read of all of them. So it is hard to gauge who they would be up against.

If it’s Poland or Colombia you can see them handling themselves well enough, but the pace and energy of Senegal could cause them a few problems. But still, if the Three Lions were to go up against any of those they would be in with a decent chance of making their way through to the next round. The Three Lions are 11/5 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken at 4:33 p.m. on April 6th, 2018) to make an exit at the round of sixteen with a quarter-final exit at 5/2 odds* (betting odds taken at 4:33 p.m. on April 6th, 2018).

Projecting ahead the quarter-final is realistically where England will fall. That is because of who could be waiting there for them. It could be either Germany or Brazil who would be waiting for them at that stage and the high-pressure world of tournament football, that is really where England’s limits of ability and character are going to be tested.

World Cup Record

England are one of just seven former World Cup winners making an appearance at Russia 2018 (Italy are the missing ones). England’s famous time in the spotlight happened back in 1966 on home soil when they beat West Germany in the final. Their best performance besides that was their fourth-place finish at Italia ‘90.

England have only missed five of the previous World Cup editions and most of that is because they didn’t appear in the first three World Cups. Their first appearance was at Brazil 1950 when they went home in the group stage. They have made it to the quarter finals and no further in three of their last five World Cup appearances. Their overall match record in the World Cup is W26 D20 L16.

England Prediction

England are looking to play a more adventurous style of play under Gareth Southgate and they have key players for them who have to perform in order for the Three Lions to make a big impact. Players like Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling notably. But regardless of what kind of performances they churn out, it is hard to see them going beyond the quarter-final stage. The level of opposition which they could meet at that stage is likely to be too much for them. Look for the quarter-final stage of elimination at 5/2 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken at 4:33 p.m. on April 6th, 2018). That would constitute a successful campaign for them.


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