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England World Cup 2018 Predictions – Group Stage & Winner Odds

26th May 2018 / lee
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England at the World Cup 2018

Harry Kane will be leading England at the World Cup 2018 as both captain and as their big goalscorer hope. England have had some rough times at recent major international championships, so can they put all of that recent misery behind them and actually make a good run in Russia 2018? Head coach Gareth Southgate has assembled a young squad, based on form produced over the domestic season. But the Three Lions still go to the World Cup as nothing more than a dark horse prospect.

While there were once again be a wealth of patriotic bets going down on England to win the World Cup 2018, which they are 18/1 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken at 10:53 p.m. on May 25th, 2018) to do, they are going to have a tough time of things in the knockout stages. But they are in the mix and so there is always hope, and getting the better of Belgium in the group stage would do wonders for their confidence.


England World Cup 2018 Fixtures – Group Stage

England open their World Cup 2018 account on Monday, June 18, so put that in your calendar because that is when the Three Lions will be kicking off against Tunisia. If they are harbouring hopes of winning the group then there are going to need to get off to a strong start. Those two nations have met just once before with England taking a 2-0 win over the African nation at the 1998 World Cup. England are 4/11 odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken at 10:53 p.m. on May 25th, 2018) to win the opening group stage fixture that they have.

England have to keep the momentum going as they face up to minnows Panama who are making their World Cup debut this summer. That is, or at least it should be, England’s easiest match of group stage. It is always going to be floating around in the back of punters minds that little concern of England being embarrassed by an underdog, just as they were at Euro 2016 by Iceland. But the Three Lions seem to be in a much more positive frame because of the tactics that Gareth Southgate has forced upon them, and so England realistically do have a great chance of banking six points from their opening two games.

What that should do then is leave them in a position to challenge Belgium for top spot when the two European nations meet on June 28 in the final round of group stage matches. With both Belgium and England expected to win their respective opening two fixtures, goal difference could actually come into play. So this is where fans are going to want to see positive attacking football from England. If these two have already booked qualification, then they could both make changes and risk resting some players in this match up. England are 2/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 10:53 p.m. on May 25th, 2018) underdogs to beat the Red Devils.

So the group stage at the World Cup 2018 will be interesting from England’s perspective, just to see how much attacking positive momentum that they can get going. They certainly should be a good opportunity for them to have six points on the board before meeting with Belgium, which then raises the question of goal difference if that final game was being played out to a draw. Either way, England should comfortably find themselves in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup. The three Lions are 11/8 odds* (betting odds taken at 10:53 p.m. on May 25th, 2018)s second favourites behind Belgium to win Group G.

Knockout Stage

Looking ahead out what could be to come for England at the 2018 World Cup, it really may not matter too much about whether they finish first or second in the group stage. Because of the potential draw that lies ahead for them, taking into consideration the other group winners from the bottom half of the draw, there is just no easy route to the final for England. In the round of 16, they will be taking on someone from Group H which contains Poland, Senegal, Columbia and Japan.

Whoever they were to end up with, and Group H does look like a tremendously wide open group, England should have a manageable fixture in the round of 16. But by the same token whoever they get it isn’t likely to be the easiest of games, because they would be against the pace of Senegal, the goalscoring threats of Poland or the dark horse threat of Colombia, who have potential in them but haven’t been playing all that well over the last couple of years to be honest.

So if you can project England past that first round of the knockout stages, that’s when the degree of difficulty is going to increase tenfold. Going back to what we mentioned above about it really not mattering whether England wins their group or not in qualifying, and here is why. If England finish as runners-up in group G then they would most likely meet old rivals Germany in the quarter-finals. If they were to win Group G and make it past the round of 16, they would most likely be running into Brazil in the round of 16.

So either way that’s a pretty horrible draw for England to deal with at the quarter-final stage of the competition. If they somehow got through one of those tussles, they would most likely be Spain or France then waiting in the semi finals for them. So you can sort of definitively see where England’s World Cup campaign make it a bit of the brick wall and that is a quarter-final stage.

England Stage of Elimination

England’s result may well get tested in the round of 16, because there are some tricky opponents that they could go up against. The Three Lions are 11/5 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken at 10:53 p.m. on May 25th, 2018) to go out at the round of 16, but if they can get a good group the group stage momentum behind them they may just be able to push on one stage further.

It is a quarter-final stage where England look as if they just may come up short. The three Lions in having face over Brazil or Germany most likely at that stage would leave them as heavy underdogs. At bet365 in England stage of elimination betting, a quarter-final exit from Gareth Southgate and his men is coming in at 5/2 odds* (betting odds taken at 10:53 p.m. on May 25th, 2018). If that happens they could look at the tournament as a decent enough success for themselves.

England Top Goalscorer

The options in the England top goalscorer market are a little bit thin on the ground, because you have captain Harry Kane who is 5/4 odds favourite* (betting odds taken at 10:53 p.m. on May 25th, 2018) to finish as top goalscorer. Behind the Tottenham man really, you are struggling to find somebody can come through the pack and potentially outscore him. Main backup striker Jamie Vardy who could be a very useful substitute at the tournament, is a 10/1 odds option* (betting odds taken at 10:53 p.m. on May 25th, 2018) for example, which is the same price as Dele Alli. It is Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling there is the second favourite behind Kane.

Outright Odds* for the World Cup 2018

Brazil 4/1, Germany 9/2, Spain 6/1, France 13/2, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Russia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken at 7:40 p.m. on May 24, 2018)

Predictions

It does look something of a certainty that England will be getting out of the group stage at least so we should see them is involved in some kind of knockout stage action. The question is how much further will they get? In the round of 16, they will have a tricky game against somebody, but you would hope that whoever they do manage to go up against they would be able to manage themselves. Getting beyond the round of 16 sets up a huge clash against one of the front-runners in the quarter-finals. That is the stage where England is most likely to go out of the competition and that is why we are tipping an England quarter-final exit at 5/2 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken at 10:53 p.m. on May 25th, 2018).





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