Posted by Barrie on Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Bookmakers Expecting Goals from England at World Cup

There's not been too much optimism as far as I can tell regarding England's chances of a successful summer in South Africa.

Criticism over squad selection, criticism over player's determination and after England's latest two friendlies, criticism over the performances.

Despite this, the bookmakers are expecting a successful World Cup campaign from England. Or at least that's what their odds are showing.

England have been pegged back to equal third favourites today, with Argentina joining the Three Lions at 7/1. Diego Maradona certainly has a lot of talent at his disposal that have many punters backing him to lift the trophy as both captain and coach. However, his tactical decisions, choices and general eccentricity leave doubts in my mind as to whether Argentina will lift the World Cup for a third time.

England are 1/3 favourites to win Group C, as they come up against USA, Algeria and Slovenia. This I cannot debate, with only consecutive lacklustre performances the only reason why England should not win this group. The United States are beatable, Algeria are a bit of an unknown package, so I'm not ruling them out entirely. Slovenia beat Russia in the playoffs to reach the finals, but England were comfortable 2-1 winners in a friendly in September last year that suggests to me 3 points should not be a tough deal here, provided they are required from the final group stage game.

England, 1/16 to reach the second round. Once that has been complete, a second round match would see England pitted against either Germany, Serbia, Ghana or Australia. The bookmakers apparently don't fear either of these nations as England are 1/2 to reach the quarter final! Perennial quarter finalists, will Fabio Capello be able to live up to what should be regarded as minimum expectations?

If so, and if he go one stage better, the bookmakers are still offering only 6/5 on England to reach the semi final at the 2010 World Cup!

The odds that stand out the most to me are the overs/unders with the majority of bookmakers setting the mark at 9.5. Looking at England's record in previous World Cup's, the only time England scored more than 8 they went on to win the competition (need I remind you which year?). With Wayne Rooney's lack of goals recently, Emile Heskey's lack of goals period, and Frank Lampard's missed penalties; can we really expect to see England knock in 10 or more goals this summer? I have my doubts. England scored 6 en route to the quarter finals in 2006.

Yesterday we published the official Premiership Tips World Cup Preview.

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