Four years ago in Brazil, things went pretty poorly as the Three Lions failed to get themselves out of the group stage. They failed to win a single game, losing against Italy and Uruguay by 2-1 score lines before playing out a meaningless 0-0 draw with Costa Rica in their final match. The point there being enough for Costa Rica to pull off a shock group win. Uruguay followed them through in second place.
World Cup 2018 England Betting has the Three Lions at 16/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 3:54 a.m. on March 16th, 2018) to win the tournament outright. It is big odds naturally for a side who have only ever been past the quarter finals once, which was back in 1966 when they won it. But it is always good to look at the positives and new England manager Gareth Southgate has at least been looking like he wants to move the Three Lions in a positive direction, willing to incorporate younger players and being a bit more willing to attack teams.
It all starts at the Group Stage of course and World Cup 2018 England betting has the Three Lions at 6/5 second favourites
* (betting odds taken at 3:54 a.m. on March 16th, 2018) to win their group
. Heading up the section is Belgium
who England will meet in their final match of the group stage. So there is a good chance for the Three Lions to actually book qualification before that match if they could beat Tunisia
in their first two games and Belgium do the same. It would make qualification a lock for both of them ahead of that big clash, which incidentally, England are 15/8 underdogs to win* (betting odds taken at 3:54 a.m. on March 16th, 2018).
There are some England specials
around to have a look at for World Cup 2018 betting
and one of the most popular of those is the Stage of Elimination
market. Will England blow out at the group stage again? They are 9/2 odds to exit at the first hurdle
, with an 11/5 price
* (betting odds taken at 3:54 a.m. on March 16th, 2018) on it being either a Last 16 or Quarter Final exit
for the Three Lions.
It's hard to judge really what a success for England would be heading to the 2018 World Cup. A quarter final finish? A semi-final place? The Three Lions are 5/1 to go home at the semi-final stage of Russia 2018
* (betting odds taken at 3:54 a.m. on March 16th, 2018).
Heading to the World Cup England do carry a big ace up their sleeve. He is called Harry Kane
. The Three Lions need him fit and raring to go for this one because pretty much all of the goalscoring hopes at the tournament
are going to be resting on his shoulders. He has the quality to fire England deep into the tournament and hopefully we won't see the tired Kane that was at Euro 2016 when again England failed to make any kind of impression in a major tournament.
But it is a clean slate heading into World Cup 2018 England betting. All the previous misfires can be forgotten about and this World Cup does look pretty wide open in fact. The current reigning European champions Portugal, for example, are a bigger price than England
are to win the World Cup 2018 so if the Three Lions can get a positive bit of wind in their sails who knows.
Plus 16/1 odds* (betting odds taken at 3:54 a.m. on March 16th, 2018) are never a bad each way flutter to have a look at in tournament football betting. If Southgate
can carry his managerial form over from England's U21 where he won 27 of 33 matches
, there is hope for the Three Lions in Russia.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!