Betting makes for interesting reading
Gareth Southgate takes his England team to Russia for this summer’s World Cup and despite a positive showing in the qualifying stages of the competition there doesn’t seem to be a lot of optimism among fans.
This will be England’s 16th appearance in the competition but their stats show just one win and plenty more disappointments. With that famous spare coming way back in 1966 is this the team that’ll end over half a century of hurt?
Can bookmakers’ odds give us an insight into what to expect in Russia during June and July? Compilers have had their say and it makes for interesting reading.
England have been dropped into Group G alongside Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. At first glance that certainly doesn’t appear to be an impossible task with second-place and a spot in the knock-out phase of the tournament the least fans will expect.
The fixture list has been set-up to provide maximum entertainment with England getting underway against Tunisia on Monday 18th June in a 7.00pm fixture shown live on BBC. Punters eager to jump the gun and get in early to secure their share of international football betting value will find a Three Lions triumph priced as red-hot favourite.
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Straight shoot-out with Belgium
Win that match and Southgate will move on to what appears to be his easiest task in game two – Panama. Switzerland scored six goals without reply against the same team in March which fills fans with confidence. At this stage of the build-up there’s 7/4 on England beating Panama -2 goals on the handicap.
If all goes to plan Harry Kane and his dreamers will face a straight shoot-out with Belgium for top-spot in the pool and an easier route towards the final. That decider is scheduled for Thursday 28th June 7.00pm and will be televised live on ITV. There’s a lot of football to be played between now and then but odds-makers have Belgium as slight favourites for all three points.
That will make value hunters sit up and take note as the head-to-head stats between the nations stand at 15 wins for England against four draws and one Belgium victory. The Red Devils’ spare came way back in 1936. Since that upset the nations have met 10 times with seven English victories including a 1-0 triumph when the sides last met in June 2012.
Danny Welbeck scored the only goal of the game on that occasion to strengthen his team’s dominance of the fixture, nicking the advantage with 36 minutes on the clock. The beaten side controlled possession but couldn’t find a way past Joe Hart despite six shots on target.
This renewal should follow a similar path, but will it be win number 16? Traders have laid on a feast of betting opportunities to celebrate what should be a fantastic match with another 1-0 offered around the 10/1 mark, under 2.5 goals even money and no in the both to score pile 6/5.