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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

England v Uruguay

England v Uruguay World Cup 2014, 19th June Betting Preview

No-one ever said it was going to be easy for the Three Lions. After a decent performance, but still a loss, against Italy in their opener, the pressure is on Roy Hodgson’s troops now. Can they respond in fine fashion against the South Americans, who are also looking for their first points after bombing badly against Costa Rica in their opener?

England v Uruguay Betting Tips

That defeat against Italy was the first time since 1986 that England have lost a World Cup opening match. However, they did still make it out of their group back in 1986, so no reason to write them off yet. That having been said, only four of 46 sides to lose their opening group game since 1998 have qualified for the knockout stages. That makes scary reading for England, and they really have to put a win on the board against Uruguay. There are clearly issues therefore England. Defensively they look very shaky and Wayne Rooney is becoming a problem to fit into the side.

What will Roy Hodgson do?

England are winless against Uruguay at the World Cup from two previous meetings. Those were all the way back in 1954 and 1966 though. The last time that England did play Uruguay was in a friendly back at Anfield in 2006, a game which England won 2-1. On the plus side, England have scored in each of their last eight World Cup matches with South American sides and Daniel Sturridge is 6/4 favourite to net at any time in the match, with Rooney at a price of 2/1. Sturridge has three in this last four for his country, while Rooney is goalless in nine World Cup matches for England. Another plus is that England recorded their highest ever World Cup pass completion rate (91%) in their opening game against Italy.

Luis Suarez may be back for this one, a big headache for the England defence. Suarez is 6/4 in the anytime goalscorer market, with Edinson Cavani, who didn’t look all that impressive in their opener, at 9/4. They continued their run of not winning an opening group match since 1970, and they have only managed one win in their second games in their last six World Cup appearances. They will be desperate for three points, as they were all over the place against group outsiders Costa Rica, going down to ten men and getting beaten 3-1. The inconsistencies which plagued them through qualification, mostly at the back, were all there. England don’t have to be that afraid. Uruguay have now picked up a red card in two of their last four games at the World Cup.

England v Uruguay Betting Odds

England 5/4, Draw 5/2, Uruguay 5/2

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England v Uruguay Predictions

Given the respective first matches of both, England were the better side. Uruguay imploded and blew their lines badly. Will Suarez make the difference? England have to be just as bold as they were in the first match and how the odds have shifted, because they are favourites now in the match outright. Just worth shooting for England because of that. Both have big defensive issues so look for Both Teams To Score as well and it will probalby go over 2.5 goals.


16th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Oxlade-Chamberlain (England)

England v Italy World Cup 2014, 14th June Betting Preview
The big kick off that England fans have been waiting so long for. It is an all European clash between these heavyweights to kick off Group D, but Roy Hodgson’s men are going to have to overcome the odds here. Avoiding defeat is the order of the day, but win would offer the victor some control over the group. Can the Three Lions grab maximum points in Manaus?

England v Italy Betting Tips

This has the makings of being a great game and hopefully the occasion and the importance of not losing the opener doesn’t stifle it. England of course are now about youth and adventure and they finally look as if they have the goods up front to bag themselves a few goals. Daniel Sturridge is trading at 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market for England, and despite the Liverpool man missing three great chances in their final warm up match against Honduras, hopefully that will have shaken him up and honed his eye. He is still better looking value than Wayne Rooney at 7/4.

England need to be sharp in front of goal and not waste chances. They have failed to find the back of the net in their last three competitive games against Italy. The last of those was that dull performance which they put in against the Italians at Euro 2012 when they were outplayed for 120 minutes, created nothing and lost on a penalty shoot out. There has been enough changes in the England ranks since then, that they should at least get themselves in the game. They are going to have to do it at pace most likely, because the Italians aren’t a quick side and that is where the Azzurri could be exploited. England have pace in spades.

Not as much quality in terms of technical ability though as Italy, it has to be fair. Italy posted a W0 D6 L1 record in a run of matches, that winless streak being snapped with a win over Fluminense. But still, it all suggests that they could be vulnerable if England can put pressure on them. Italy will knock the ball around, maestro Andrea Pirlo being at the centre of everything of course. Up front they have decent options in Mario Balotelli and Ciro Immobile, both around 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market. But Italy aren’t Spain, and they do like to push themselves forward in a positive manner. The more they do, the more they could be caught out by England’s pace.

Italy have drawn a wealth of matches at the World Cup finals, indeed 26% of all their games ever played have produced draws. Their most common result is 1-1 and all three of their last World Cup matches have ended with that scoreline, so that is definitely worth a shot at a price of 5/1, because let’s face it, England’s defence doesn’t look as if it is going to keep a clean sheet easily. Italy have also scored in each and every one of their last 14 World Cup group stage matches, so it should indicate them getting on the board. But just about everything that these two sides have done before in World Cup matches have been by narrow margins. Wouldn’t expect this game to be settled by anything other than a 1 Goal Winning Margin and you can take a price of 3/1 on either side to land that.

In the England v Italy head to head, it is the Italians who lead 9-8 from 24 previous matches. Their only previous coming together in the World Cup Finals was back in 1990 when they squared off in the match for third place. Italy won it 2-1.

England v Italy Betting Odds

Italy 9/5, Draw 2/1, England 2/1

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England v Italy Predictions

There is a lot of pressure riding on this opening group fixture for both of them. Neither are going to want to lose, so a draw is a tempting proposition in this one. You can do that by taking an England Draw No Bet at Even money for backing the Three Lions. Alternatively, this has the look of being fairly tight and going under 2.5 goals would be the way to swing it.

14th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

William Hill

Can the Three Lions do themselves a huge favour on Saturday and grab a massive opening victory in their game against Italy in Manaus? This is where it all begins for Roy Hodgson’s men, but the bookmakers have kept England pencilled in as underdogs for the match. Not surprisingly perhaps given the fact that England have failed to score in their last three competitive matches against the Italians.

But England fans will be hoping that the attacking enthusiasm of the young England side can trouble the Italians, who are on a seven match winless streak. So there could be a window of opportunity for them to get a precious three points in the bag before having to face Uruguay in their second group match.

Grab fantastic odds of 6/1 on England to beat Italy at the World Cup 2014 thanks to Enhanced Odds campaign running with the highly rated bookmaker William Hill.

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Just register an account with William Hill, using the special promo code and place a £10 maximum bet on England to win at the normal odds. If the Three Lions deliver the goods then your account will be adjusted to reflect odds of 4/1.

Fantastic promotion for the big game, which everyone has been waiting so long for. Can England take the victory, and shoot you to some big profit at a price of 6/1?

14th June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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