How Will England do in the 2018 World Cup?
Here at BettingTop10 UK, we cannot wait for the 2018 World Cup to get underway on June 14th and we’ll be keeping a careful eye on the progress of England. The Three Lions’ chances don’t look too promising based on previous appearances at the tournament but they have a good young side who could spring a surprise. We’ll bring you the latest odds on England to progress from the group and into the latter stages of the competition.
England’s World Cup History
England’s first appearance at the World Cup came in 1950 but their most notable success arrived in 1966. Staged on home soil, England, captained by Bobby Moore became champions after beating West Germany in extra time. They won five of their six matches and were deserved victors.
They’ve been unable to recreate those heroics since with their best position being a fourth place finish at Italia 90. They failed to qualify for the 1974, 1978 and 1994 tournaments.
In 2014, they failed to make it out of the group stage for the first time since 1982 (although it was formatted slightly different back then).
England at the 2018 World Cup
England qualified for the 2018 World Cup with relative ease but have been drawn into a tough looking group alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. They will be expected to qualify alongside Roberto Martinez’s Red Devils.
They begin their campaign against Tunisia on the 18th June. Six days later, they will face World Cup debutants, Panama in Nizhny Novgorod. The final group game could be decisive with England facing Belgium as both teams vie for a position at the top of the standings. This game will take place in Kaliningrad on June 28th and will bring the curtain down on the group stages.
Players to Watch
England have a number of players to watch including in-form striker Harry Kane. The Spurs star has taken the Premier League by storm and is rated as fifth favourite to finish as the top goalscorer at the World Cup 2018. He is 17/1 with 888Sport.
Harry Maguire is an up and coming defender who should add some much needed solidity to the side whilst Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is certainly capable from wide positions.
England’s Odds at the 2018 World Cup
England have been cautiously installed as the seventh favourites for the World Cup. They are currently around 16/1 for success, narrowly ahead of both Portugal and Uruguay in the betting.
Sportingbet offer a standout price of 8/1 on England to reach the final of the tournament.
England Predictions at the 2018 World Cup
Even the most optimistic England fans don’t believe that their side will win the World Cup in 2018 but there is definitely a cause for optimism in the camp. They should progress through the group stage alongside Belgium and the 5/6 on offer with Bet365 for the Three Lions to make the quarter-finals looks extremely tempting.
The 5/2 offered by William Hill for England to reach the semi-finals also looks like it offers plenty of value but England are unlikely to progress any further.
Harry Kane is definitely worth a play at 17/1 with 888Sport to finish as the tournament’s top goalscorer. He can score goals from any situation and will relish playing at the major tournament.
Other World Cup 2018 Markets
There are a huge number of markets available on the 2018 World Cup including the outright winner. Holders Germany are early favourites with Brazil also considered as serious contenders. England are 16/1 to secure their first World Cup title in 52 years.
Group Winner markets are likely to be popular as bettors only need to wait until June 28th to know the outcome of their wager. England are considered to have a chance of winning Group G but will face stiff competition from Belgium.
The top goalscorer market will be extremely competitive and is likely to provoke plenty of debate. Lionel Messi leads the way at around 10/1.
Markets such as ‘To Reach the Quarter Finals’ and ‘To Reach the Semi-Finals’ provide a great way of betting without having to predict the overall winner of the tournament. Punters can also which teams will make it through to the final. Big prices are on offer for those who can correctly foresee which two teams will compete in the showpiece event on July 15th.