World Cup 2018 odds at Paddy Power9th June 2018 / lee
England are 16/1 in World Cup 2018 odds* (betting odds taken from June 6, 2018 at 4:33 p.m.) at Paddy Power to go out and win the famous tournament. It’s a price which realistically leaves England an underdog but at the same time a tempting each way dark horse option. England are taking a young squad to the tournament with them and have head coach Gareth Southgate clearly determined to take them forward in a positive fashion. While there are doubts about their ability to win the tournament outright, can they make a big splash at Russia 2018?
England group stage campaign
The Three Lions will be competing in Group G at the 2018 World Cup where they will be taking on fellow Europeans Belgium along with Tunisia and Panama. England have made a depressing mess of things in recent major international tournaments, being prone to wobbles, but it does look a bit of a banker that they will be making it through to the knockout phase of this summer’s tournament.
England are 11/8 odds at Paddy Power* (betting odds taken from June 6, 2018 at 4:33 p.m.) to win Group G and that is because Belgium are in at 5/6 odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken on June 6, 2018 at 4:33 p.m.) to do so. England opens their campaign on June 18 when they take on Tunisia with a 7 PM kick-off time for that one and the Three Lions are 2/5 in World Cup 2018 odds* (betting odds taken from June 6, 2018 at 4:33 p.m.) at Paddy Power to win that game. England are also odds-on to win their second fixture which is against World Cup first-timers Panama on June 24 which has a 1 PM kick-off time.
England do find themselves as 15/8 underdogs* (betting odds taken on June 6, 2018 at 4:33 p.m.) for their game against Belgium on June 28 which is a 7 PM kick-off again, and that is likely to be the group decider. It will actually be interesting if both teams have already booked qualification as to whether or not they both take the chance to rest players for the contest ahead in the knockout stage.
World Cup 2018 outright winner odds at Paddy Power*
* (betting odds taken on June 6, 2018 at 4:03 a.m.)
England in the knockout phase
So if you can comfortably assume that England are going to be in the knockout phase of the 2018 World Cup the question becomes how well can they do when they get there? This is where the England stage of elimination market in World Cup 2018 odds at Paddy Power comes into play. Can you predict how far the Three Lions are going to get? The knockout phase starts with the round of 16 and there England will be facing somebody from Group H which contains Poland, Senegal, Columbia and Japan.
Any of those wouldn’t really be the most difficult problems for England and you would think that they could hold their own or at least be optimistic about doing so. England are 11/5 odds* (betting odds taken from June 6, 2018 at 4:33 p.m.) to go home at the last 16 and given their recent history at major tournaments that will probably appeal to punters. However the more optimistic patriotic bets may go towards England getting knocked out in the quarter-finals which is out of 9/4 odds price* (betting odds taken from June 6, 2018 at 4:33 p.m.).
This is where the draw gets very difficult for the Three Lions (at least it should do if everything goes as expected). England are down in the bottom half of the draw and they are in the fourth quarter of the draw. That means that they will likely be playing either Brazil or Germany at the quarter-final stage as those are the two nations most expected to get through the third quarter of the draw. So that’s where major problems should come for England in their World Cup campaign and considering that Brazil and Germany are the two favourites at the head of the outright winner market England’s World Cup journey could be in serious jeopardy there.
The Harry Kane factor
England are taking a young side to the World Cup and spearheading their attack is going to be Tottenham’s, Harry Kane. The weight of goalscoring responsibilities are fully on his shoulders and he is at 11/8 odds* (betting odds taken from June 6, 2018 at 4:33 p.m.) to finish the tournament as the top scorer for the Three Lions. That looks like a plausible situation that will play itself out.
Kane is at 16/1 in World Cup 2018 odds at Paddy Power* (betting odds taken from June 6, 2018 at 4:33 p.m.) in the top goalscorer market. If he is going to get himself in the Golden Boot race then he will have to come out of the blocks firing in the group stage. He should be licking his lips against the defences of Tunisia and Panama in particular and then if he can chip in a couple more in the knockout phase who knows, he could be there or thereabouts in finishing as World Cup top goalscorer.
Columbia’s James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot four years ago with playing just five games. Kane has some serious competition on his hands up and you only have to look at the top goalscorer odds at Paddy Power to see just how much. You have the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar heading up the market with the goal-scoring threats of France’s Antoine Griezmann there, Spain’s Diego Costa, Germany’s Timo Werner and Thomas Muller and that is just scratching the surface of the goalscoring talent. Can Kane rise above it all?
World Cup 2018 top goalscorer odds at Paddy Power*
Lionel Messi 9/1
Antoine Griezmann 10/1
Cristiano Ronaldo 12/1
Harry Kane 14/1
Romelu Lukaku 14/1
Timo Werner 14/1
Gabriel Jesus 16/1
Luis Suarez 20/1
Diego Costa 20/1
Gonzalo Higuain 25/1
Edinson Cavani 25/1
Robert Lewandowski 25/1
Sergio Aguero 30/1
Thomas Muller 30/1
Eden Hazard 30/1
Kylian Mbappe 33/1
Olivier Giroud 40/1
Radamel Falcao 40/1
Mohamed Salah 40/1
Dries Mertens 40/1
* (betting odds taken on June 6, 2018 at 4:03 a.m.)
World Cup betting at Paddy Power
You are going to be inundated with World Cup betting options at Paddy Power. Ahead of the kick-off, you can get odds-on every single group stage match that is going to be played there and each of those matches will have a wealth of sub-markets within them like goalscorer markets, handicaps, and just about everything under the sun you can imagine.
Don’t forget to enjoy other forms of World Cup 2018 betting at Paddy Power such as all the wealth of live in-play betting options that will be available on each and every match and look out for those features which can enhance your betting operations as well such as cash out and partial cash out options.
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