England Betting Specials for the 2018 World Cup
England are 17.00 (16/1) to win the 2018 World Cup and even the most patriotic punters might be swerving the opportunity to back the Three Lions to win in Russia despite another convincing qualifying campaign.
However, there are lots of other England-related bets where punters can profit without Gareth Southgate’s team having to do particularly well. Several bookmakers offer odds on which players will make the 23-man squad and these prices change on a week-to-week basis.
Will Kane top score for England?
You can also bet on England’s top scorer in Russia and it’s worth bearing in mind that a player might need to score two goals in order to be the winner on this market. Harry Kane is the 2.00 (evens) favourite with bet365 and it’s easy to bet on the Tottenham forward at this sort of price.
Raheem Sterling might be the lively alternative at 9.00 (8/1) with Unibet considering how many goals the Manchester City player is scoring this term, with Jesse Lingard trading at 67.00 (66/1) and he’s starting to find the net for Manchester United.
You can also bet on England’s stage of elimination at the 2018 World Cup, with bet365 offering odds of 7.00 (6/1) that Southgate’s team bomb out at the group stage even if it’s an unlikely prospect with Tunisia and Panama in the section.
Bet365 have 3.20 (11/5) that England go out at the last sixteen stage where they are scheduled to meet a Group H team like Poland or Colombia, while you can get 3.50 (5/2) with LeoVegas that the Three Lions leave the competition at the last eight stage which would represent a decent outcome.
LeoVegas offer betting on which player will captain England in their opening game against Tunisia, with Harry Kane now chalked up at 1.57 (4/7) to get the armband although Southgate continues to rotate the captaincy and Jordan Henderson is 3.75 (11/4) to lead the team out for their Group G curtain-raiser.
Will Jordan be the Pick for England?
There is also the issue of which goalkeeper will be selected, with Jack Butland chalked up at 2.25 (5/4) after recovering from injury and playing games for Stoke City, although Jordan Pickford could be the best pick at 3.00 (2/1).
Pickford has enough time to impress for Everton where he’s clearly the number one pick and that cannot be said of Joe Hart who is now number two keeper at West Ham United and you can only see the 3.00 (2/1) start to move in one direction.
You can back England at 11.00 (10/1) to be the Top European Team at the 2018 World Cup, with England priced at 2.20 (6/5) to win Group H for what looks to be a straight shootout between the Three Lions and a Belgium side who they meet in the final game of the section.
However, the bookies do expect Gareth Southgate’s side to emerge from Group G and face a Group H team, with England available at 1.14 (1/7) with bet365 that they are lining up for a last sixteen clash in Russia.