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Football Betting

Online betting site Skybet have put Wayne Rooney as odds-on favourite to take over the England captaincy following the retirement of Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool midfielder has decided to step down after a less than impressive campaign at Brazil 2014 and now the baton has to be passed on by boss Roy Hodgson ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifiers later in the year.

It’s been a bit of a turnaround then for Rooney, because there were big calls for him to be dropped from the starting eleven during the World Cup. The 28 year old again failed to light things up on the World Stage but with the experience that he brings to the relatively young England squad, he is naturally the one that Hodgson is most likely to gravitate towards.

Chelsea’s Gary Cahill perhaps makes a surprise second favourite at a price of 16/5 with Skybet, but with the centre half growing in stature and likely to be permanent fixture at the back as England drive forward, he wouldn’t be a bad choice. He comes in ahead of Manchester City keeper Joe Hart at a price of 6/1.

Sky Bet’s Dale Tempest said: “Wayne Rooney is the obvious choice for Roy Hodgson to make, but Cahill is the biggest loser in our book, so it’s clear who our punters reckon should get the armband.

“Evan Hart has attracted more stakes than Rooney, but we’re unconvinced that Hodgson will spring a surprise by overlooking the forward, he’s our favourite.”

England will take on Switzerland in their next competitive match, their opener in Euro 2016 qualification. Rooney is 4/11 favourite to be captain for that, and online betting site Paddy Power have a 1/2 price on the next captain to outlast Gerrard’s reign with the armband.

23rd July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting


Well, it is now a ten match winless streak for England captain Alastair Cook. He is having massive struggles with the bat as well, now without a century in 27 innings, and so his confidence looks low as his side slumped to a 95 run defeat in the Second Test against India on the weekend, putting the hosts 1-0 down in the five match series.

The victory was India’s first on the road since back in 2011, a run of 15 matches, and naturally the calls for Cook to step down are mounting all the time. The Skipper is under huge pressure now as the action turns to Hampshire on Sunday for the start of the Third Test. But is the middle of a Test series the right time to ruffle feathers in sacking the captain?

Cook was in a defiant mood after the defeat in the second Test and online betting site Skybet suggest that he will, more likely than not, still be England captain for the start of the next match as they have him at 1/25 to be in position for the Third Test at the Ageas Bowl and 9/1 not to be leading the side there.

Sky Bet cricket trader Damon Blezard said: “The pressure is certainly mounting on Alastair Cook and, while he’ll almost certainly be in charge for the Third Test, he desperately needs some runs to ease the calls for his head.”

Sky Bet have also released a market on who may succeed Cook if he does step down from the role and make Ian Bell the 2/1 favourite from Stuart Broad (11/4) and Joe Root (100/30).

Eoin Morgan is a 5/1 shot at Skybet, while it’s a 66/1 shot on Kevin Pietersen making a shock return to the England captaincy.


22nd July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Mesut Oezil (GER)

Well, Germany became the first European nation to win a World Cup in South America, and that followed Spain becoming the first European nation to win a World Cup outside of their own continent four years ago in South Africa. It is back to Europe in four years time as the biggest tournament in the world heads to Russia. Of course, with controversy running around the organisation of just about every World Cup that comes along, the market as to whether or not Russia will actually host it or not, will probably kick up over the next four years.

So, with a long four years to go until the World Cup 2018 betting kicks off, you can actually get some good ante post bets down on the outright winner market right now at online betting site Ladbrokes. Germany will be defending champions and after a good decade of investment in their youth and development, it all came to fruition at Brazil 2014 for them. Boss Joachim Low suggested that Germany can rule the world for years to come now as they have such a strong foundation in place.

They may well might and they are running as favourites to win the 2018 World Cup at a price of 5/1 with online betting site Ladbrokes. You can look at the main protagonists in the outright betting and see that the top four are the top four which were heading up the 2014 World Cup outright winner market. Argentina are running as 7/1 second favourites to go one better than 2014 and win the tournament, with Spain and Brazil as 8/1 shots.

France are trading at 10/1, followed by Italy, Holland and Belgium around the 16/1 mark and then comes England all the way out at 20/1 shots with Ladbrokes. That is the same price as hosts Russia, and Portugal, with Colombia trailing them at 22/1. Of course with qualification not starting for another couple of years you are taking long dark shots really behind that on teams currently trading at 50/1 or greater.


16th July 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting


This will be the final ninety minutes of England’s World Cup duties. After losing against both Italy and Uruguay, the ambitions of the Three Lions were cut very short. England boss Roy Hodgson has shaken thing up, making nine changes to the starting eleven to take on Costa Rica, pretty much given the rest of his squad at chance at some action.

Despite their failures so far and the big changes to the side, which doesn’t do anything for consistency, England are running as 4/5 favourites against Costa Rica. However, for many punters, that will probably be too short of a price on them in a game in which they have nothing riding on it. Costa Rica still have a big prize to play for, needing a point to guarantee top spot. That will make them dangerous.

The 3/1 odds on Costa Rica to win against England which are on offer at Betfred will be far more tempting for punters to have a crack at. They only need to avoid defeat and that should make them hard to beat, especially given the defensive weaknesses that the Three Lions have shown in their previous two matches.

Costa Rica v England betting will be the first ever meeting between the two nations, and for the Group D outsiders looking as if they are going to top the pile, then it has been a real turn up for the books. Costa Rica, in beating Italy and Uruguay won back to back World Cup matches for the first time ever. They have been positive and united and have turned the form book on its head.

Will the odds on Costa Rica to win against England return profit for punters? They are even running at even money in a Costa Rica – Draw Double Chance wager. Can the Central Americans land a final blow to England and Roy Hodgson, who has lost his last four World Cup matches (two with Switzerland, two with England)?

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24th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

England v Costa Rica

England v Costa Rica World Cup 2014, 24th June Betting Preview

Both have something at stake here, although the goals are poles apart. All England have left to do is try and play for pride and hope not to finish bottom of the group. Costa Rica on the other hand will be looking to put the icing on the cake of their great campaign so far, needing just a point to make sure of topping Group D.

England v Costa Rica Betting Tips

England are now just playing for pride and trying to avoid heading home having finished bottom of Group D. All of that enthusiasm and positivity in defeat against Italy in their opener fell apart in a poor performance against Uruguay. Costa Rica in contrast are running on high confidence and have a massive opportunity to actually win Group D after beating both Uruguay and Italy in the group. Costa Rica where the rank outsiders to win the group prior to the start of the tournament. What a turn up it has been.

These two have never met before, so no history to look back on. After shocking Uruguay 3-1 in their opener, in beating Italy 1-0 in their second group match, Costa Rica won consecutive World Cup matches for the first time in their history. They became only the third CONCACAF side to win consecutive matches at the World Cup too (with the USA and Mexico). With their four goals in two games so far (with four different goalscorers), they will be confident of more as they have scored in all seven of their previous World Cup meetings with European nations, so it could be worth looking towards Both Teams To Score in this one.

The shortest priced option for the Ticos in the anytime goalscorer market is Bryan Ruiz at 3/1, the man who got the winner against Italy. For a side coming from a weak zone, and showing no great form this year, Costa Rica have sprung from nowhere. The last time they qualified from the group stage at a World Cup was back in 1990. So while they are making history for themselves, they could leave England with some of their own. Never before have the Three Lions recorded zero points in a World Cup group. In heading home early, it is the first time that 1958 that they have been eliminated from the first stage of the World Cup, and that is a bitter enough pill to swallow.

Roy Hodgson is likely to shake up the starting eleven, with Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley likely to come into the midfield from the off. Up front, Wayne Rooney is even money in the anytime goalscorer market alongside Daniel Sturridge. Despite some heavy criticism, Rooney has scored one and assisted the other of England’s two goals at the World Cup so far. Hodgson is playing for a bit of pride himself, having lost his last four games at the World Cup, two with Switzerland and now two with England. In conceding eight goals in their last three World Cup matches, they have shipped as many as they had done in their previous 14 games combined. Hopefully there is going to be goals in this one and over 2.5 looks a good bet at 4/5.

England v Costa Rica Betting Odds

England 5/6, Draw 11/4, Costa Rica 3/1

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England v Costa Rica Predictions

Somehow England are still trading as favourites for this match, so punters may be tempted to have a shot on Costa Rica – Draw Double Chance at even money. The trouble with England is that they aren’t a good enough price to really back, so instead skip over it and look for Both Teams To Score.

24th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

England v Costa Rica

England’s World Cup plans haven’t gone to plan at all. Despite losing to both Uruguay and Italy, England could have needed to beat Costa Rica on Tuesday night if other results had gone in their favour. But the mighty Italy succumbed to Costa Rica on Friday night 1-0, one of the most surprising results of a brilliant World Cup. Indeed, Costa Rica, along with Chile, are probably the most surprising performers in Brazil 2014. They beat Uruguay in the group opener 3-1 before toppling the Italians.

The end result is that Costa Rica look like a point could suffice for them to top what was one of the most difficult groups at the World Cup, and England will be going home. Expect England coach Roy Hodgson to send out a second string XI, which on paper should still be capable of beating a nation of the standard of Costa Rica. The likes of Frank Lampard, Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley and Rickie Lambert should all make the starting line up.

Costa Rica are also expected to ring in the changes, but lack of squad depth should see the Central American side lose out to an English team desperate for pride. In addition, Costa Rica have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 games – and that was against Italy. Even Republic of Ireland managed a goal against the team ranked 29th in the world. England are ranked 10 by the way.

The latest odds on England beating Costa Rica is 5/6.

LATEST MATCH ODDS – Costa Rica Costa Rica v England England World Cup 2014

England                5/6

Draw     29/10

Costa Rica            7/2


Daniel Sturridge                5/1 with BET365

Wayne Rooney 6/1

Rickie Lambert  8/1

Joel Cambell       8/1

Danny Welbeck 9/1

Raheem Sterling               11/1

Bryan Ruiz           11/1


Draw 1-1              7/1

England 1-0         8/1

England 2-1         9/1

England 2-0         9/1

Draw 0-0              12/1

Costa Rica 1-0    14/1

Costa Rica 2-1    14/1


Over 2.5               10/11 with William Hill

Under 2.5            10/11


Yes         4/5

No          11/10

VERDICT: With this being a dead rubber for England and many changes expected, wait to see the team sheets before getting stuck in with anger. If Rickie Lambert starts, he’ll be a decent bet to grab the opener, seeing as England will begin with all guns blazing and the Costa Ricans may struggle against a forward of Lambert’s type. England, despite losing their first two games and already thinking about their overdue summer holidays, should have the firepower to overcome a Costa Rica who have been punching above their weight. Expect England to win with a clean sheet while bagging at least two goals.

23rd June 2014 / joe - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Sports Betting

England will be looking to come out of their third and final test against New Zealand with something to show for their hard work. England v New Zealand rugby betting has the tourists as underdogs again after back to back narrow defeats. In the first test, England were undone by a late try and they had to once again endure an All Blacks come back as the Kiwis took a 28-27 victory in the second test.

But taking on the All Blacks, who are on a sixteen match winning streak now, is still a massive uphill battle for England. The All Blacks will equal the world record of sensitive test victories if they pick up another in on Saturday.

England’s last test wins in New Zealand came back in 1973 and 2003 and this will be their last chance until 2019 to pick up another rare win there. That is when they will be touring again. The truth is, is that the first game between the two was a lot closer than the second was, and the biggest thing that England need to do is to consolidate great work which is being done in the first half.

There have now been 74 tests between the two nations and New Zealand lead the head to head 58-14. It is a three match winning streak now for the All Blacks against the England, who have won just one of the last thirteen. New Zealand have averaged almost 24 points per game against England while the English have recorded an average of 13 points per game against the All Blacks.

While the two previous tests have been close, the handicap line is set at England +11 at even money with online bookmaker Paddy Power. Grab some insurance on all try scorer markets at Paddy Power this weekend. If a froward scores the first try in the match, then Paddy Power will refund all losing try scorer bets, which extends to coverage on the 1st try scorer, last try scorer, 1st team try scorer, anytime try scorer,1st tryscorer insurebet, to score two or more tries and to score three or more tries.

20th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

William Hill

Things are looking dire at the World Cup for England now after suffering their second loss in Group D. The return of Luis Suarez to the Uruguayan line up haunted the Three Lions, who now need a miracle from Italy to help them get out of the group.

Italy need to beat Costa Rica today in order for England to stay in the qualification hunt, anything else and Roy Hodgson’s men will be heading back home with their tails between their legs. If Italy beat Costa Rica, England will have to do the same against the Central America’s next Tuesday and hope that Italy beat Uruguay.

But punters haven’t been deserting England completely, as they can be snapped up at 7/1 to still make it through to the knockout stages by the skin of their teeth. Can the Three Lions at least

With one goal each for Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney now, Tuesday will settle the race to be England’s top scorer at the World Cup, with Sturridge 10/11 favourite against Rooney at 11/10

20th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

William Hill

England head into their second match at World Cup 2014 as favorites. That has been a shift because before the start of the tournament, they were trading as underdogs for the win. As well as England now being favourites to take the three points on offer, striker Daniel Sturridge is the top option in the anytime goalscorer market for the match as well.

So put those two options together and you could take a 13/5 bet at William Hill on Sturridge to score and England to win. However, new customers signing up for an account with the highly rated bookie can get even better value than that, as odds of 11/4 on the bet are up for offer!

This is thanks to William Hill’s great enhanced odds campaign which they have been running for the World Cup, new customers registering an account with them and using the special promo code which is on offer, can grab the high value odds of 11/4 on Sturridge to score and England to win.

Sturridge was on the scoresheet in England’s opening 2-1 defeat against Italy, and he is in fine scoring form for his country having netted three in his last four. The Liverpool man could have the pace and the power to really cause the Uruguayan defence some headaches in the game, because the back line of the South Americans looked pretty slow and ponderous against Costa Rica.

Uruguay were shot down in flames, having been favourites to win the match against the group outsiders. After Edinson Cavani had put the South Americans ahead, their defence couldn’t handle the pace of the Costa Ricans, who tore them open and raced to a 3-1 victory. England’s cause will be helped with the fact that Uruguay will be missing two of their regular defensive starters in Maxi Pereira and their captain Diego Lugano.

So with the bookmakers leaning towards England here and this is a great chance to pick up some enhanced value on England v Uruguay betting at William Hill.


18th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

England v Uruguay

Both these sides lost their opening fixtures. England were the ones who came away from their defeat with most respect having lost out to a brilliant Italy with a promising 2-1 scoreline. Uruguay, however, succumbed 3-1 to Costa Rica, whom eveyone thought would be the group’s whipping boys.

Uruguay were missing Luis Suarez against Costa Rica and the Liverpool striker will be back to face many of his club team-mates on Thursday night. He’s sure to get himself a goal, providing he is 100% fit as he claims to be. Uruguay were very poor defensively against Costa Rica the other day and will be exploited by the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney, not to mention tricky wingers Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the like. The Uruguayan rearguard could find themselves over-run, as will their midfield who will find it very difficult to stop Steven Gerrard in his deep holding role from spraying the ball around to his wingers.

This certainly won’t be a stroll in the park for England but they should have the guile and the attacking prowess to stun Uruguay and take all three points.

The latest odds on England to beat Uruguay are 5/4.

LATEST MATCH ODDS – Uruguay Uruguay v England England World Cup 2014

Uruguay               27/10 with BET365

Draw     5/2

England                5/4


Luis Suarez          6/1 with BET365

Daniel Sturridge                6/1

Wayne Rooney 13/2

Edinson Cavani  15/2 with BET365

Rickie Lambert  9/1

Diego Forlan       9/1 with William Hill


Draw 1-1              13/2

England 1-0         15/2

England 2-1         9/1

Draw 0-0              10/1

England 2-0         10/1 with William Hill

Uruguay 1-0       10/1

Uruguay 2-1       12/1


Under 2.5            5/6

Over 2.5               21/20 with William Hill


Yes         17/20

No          11/10


Steven Gerrard 9/2


VERDICT: England should be able to contain Uruguay and take all three points to set up their final group match with Costa Rica. Uruguay proved they are no great shakes while losing to Costa Rica and although they will improve with the return of Luis Suarez, there must be doubts over his fitness levels. It looks like both teams will find the scoresheet on Thursday night with England probbly winning by the odds goal in three. With Uruguay’s defence under pressure and giving away foals, a few quid on Gerrard grabbing a goal via a free kick or penalty wouldn’t go astray.

17th June 2014 / joe - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

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