Expectations of the England squad in this year’s 2014 FIFA World Cup, are different to normal. Usually a sense of blind optimism and confidence spreads across the nation as supporters believe that this is ‘our year’ to add another trophy to the solitary 1966 victory on home turf. That view won’t be found in many pubs or homes this time around, as England are perceived as relative outsiders to be successful in Brazil 2014, available at 28/1. With a generally unproven squad, a lack of quality in depth and a manager who is not everyone’s first choice, England do not appear to have a lot in their favour against some extremely talented and skilful teams. However, perhaps the lack of pressure on a young team could prove beneficial and England may outperform their odds. Below we take a look at the England World Cup 2014 Betting Odds.
1. Sportsbook – betting odds for England
The first issue is negotiating what is widely considered to be the toughest group draw. Most groups have one or two stand out teams who can be expected to progress, but England face to very live rivals in Uruguay and Italy. Costa Rica are rank outsiders of the competition and complete the group, appearing as guaranteed victories for their three rivals. South American’s Uruguay face Costa Rica in their opening match, so will be in a good position, with three points on the board and are available at 13/8 with Bet365 to win Group D. Italy are available at the same odds and England are third favourites at 9/4. The England World Cup 2014 Betting Odds of winning the group at 9/4 are quite appealing, as Italy are not the force of old and whilst Uruguay have Luis Suarez, they are a beatable team.
Assuming England qualify, they are likely to play Colombia or Ivory Coast in the second round which is again a winnable game. However, after that the likelihood is that England will be drawn against Spain or Brazil – the current champions, or the hosts and favourites, both daunting tasks, and both games where the England World Cup 2014 Betting Odds for each match would be big.
2. Bookmakers – betting odds for England
Based on the draw, it is therefore unlikely to see England progress past the Quarter Finals. The next set of betting odds that may be of some interest is the top goal scorer market. Wayne Rooney is available at 50/1 with Bet365 to be the top tournament scorer. Rooney has notched 38 goals in 88 games for England, so has a good record, but the likelihood is he will only have five matches in which to try and top the charts. Six of the last nine World Cups have ended with the winner of the Golden Boot scoring six times, so it is likely he would need a hatrick against Costa Rica to be successful. Daniel Sturridge is next in at 80/1 to be top scorer, but he is not even guaranteed a start unlike Rooney and offers poor betting value.
Overall, it is difficult to be dogmatic about England’s chances this year past the group stages. They will have a very tough run assuming they make it to the quarter finals, and the 28/1 on offer with Bet365 about Roy Hodgson’s men winning the tournament seems far from generous.
3. World Cup 2014 betting odds at Bet 365
When striking a bet on the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it is important to get value betting odds from a bookmaker who is reputable, reliable and offers a range of markets. Bet365 do just this, providing hundreds of options for each game. Furthermore, their £200 matched sign up bonus is the highest around and can help you profit further from the World Cup.