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2013 Women’s European Championship football betting is the next big deal on the cards for the summer. This year’s edition is hosted by Sweden, and the 12 qualified nations will be heading there to try and get their hands on Europe’s top prize.

The date of the tournament runs from July 10th through July 28th, and from the 2017 edition onwards, the tournament will grow to a sixteen team competition. So it is definitely a tournament which is gaining in profile, stature and popularity.

The seven Group Winners from qualification all booked a spot at the European Championships, alongside the hosts Sweden. Joining Denmark, England, Finland, France, Norway, Germany and Italy are Netherlands, who were the best runner-up in qualifications, and play-off winners Iceland, Russia and Spain. The first stage of the 2013 Women’s European Championships is three groups of four, with the top two from each going through to the knockout as well as the two best third placed teams from the groups, to make up the quarter final line up. It is a straightforward knockout from then.

Outright FavouritesGermany at 11/8 with Ladbrokes
There is a high expectancy and favouritism riding on the backs of the German women’s side. Not surprising really as they are the reigning champions after blowing everyone out of the water four years ago. The Germans took a win in the final against England, with a thumping 6-2 scoreline in Helsinki. They are one of the most powerful and talented side in the world, and they will be keen to make amends for a disappointing 2011 World Cup. They are the frontrunners for the title and ran up nine wins and a draw from their qualification with a +61 goal difference in their ten matches. Big match winners in their ranks like Alexandra Popp and Celia Okoyino da Mbabi.

The Challengers: France and Sweden at 4/1 with Ladbrokes
Sweden are one of the most established women’s sides in the world game and they are always difficult to play against, and always carry a threat. Physically fit and very strong ,they will have the extra backing of home support in this one, and therefore will be a major danger for the rest of the eleven nations. France are very technically gifted and the third ranked side at the 2013 Women’s European Championships betting. They hit the semi finals of the 20111 World Cup and have grown since then, definitely ones to watch. Both potentially should be very strong candidates for a place in the semi finals.

The Chasing Pack: England, Netherlands and Norway
While Norway are steadily growing as a force in the world’s game, bookmakers are really undecided about the Netherlands, in as much as 14/1 in places and as far out as 20/1 at other bookies. It means they are unpredictable, but perhaps talented enough to have a decent crack of things. As for England, they have been close, losing in the 2011 final, and they could actually make one of the best dark horse bets for the tournament. However, Hope Powell’s squad suffered a major injury crisis ahead of 2013 Women’s European Championships betting, with Captain Casey Stoney, record scorer Kelly Smith, Steph Houghton, Karen Carney and Rachel Brown-Finnis all picking up injuries. So England may have to go without some of their key, experienced players, which will naturally hurt their chances.

However, an encouraging draw against World Champions Japan in a tournament warm up match will have given them good hard. England’s case hasn’t been made much easier as they have to battle with France and Spain in their group. France have already been mentioned as one of the front-runners to win the tournament and Spain, while the lowest ranked side in the tournament, have a pretty good, quick and technically gifted attack. England open against Spain, then play Russia and finish up their group matches against favourites France.

2013 Women’s European Championships Betting Odds at Ladbrokes
Germany Women 11/8, France Women 4/1, Sweden Women 4/1, England Women 6/1, Norway Women 12/1, Denmark Women 20/1, Ital Women 25/1, Spain Women 25/1

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July 2nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Hulk (Brasil)

There has naturally been some reaction at the bookmakers after Brazil powered their way to the 2013 Confederations Cup title in their own back yard.

In a tremendously up-tempo and spirited performance against the reigning world champions Spain at the Maracana in Rio, the young Brazilian side came of age and blew the Spaniards away 3-0 in the final. It was a night of dreams for Brazil and one of real nightmares for the World Cup holders who missed a penalty and had a player sent off.

So what does this mean for future World Cup 2014 betting? Well, after their sheer show of strength in Rio, Brazil are now firm favourites to be crowned the next World Cup winners at odds of 10/3 with online bookmaker Ladbrokes.


2014 Football World Cup Odds in Brazil:
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Punters were quickly jumping on the Brazilians after beating Spain so convincingly in Rio as they dispelled concerns about their ability. It is true that Brazil haven’t been at their best for a while, and were lacking competitive play. But when it came to a tournament, they found their wings and they soared to success.

This is still a young Brazilian side, and their star attraction, Neymar really showed up at the event. There is some growing still to do by the side, but they have come along way in a short time under Luiz Felipe Scolari. They have grown out of the mire of a disappointing draw with England at the Maracana to lifting the Confederations Cup title at the very same venue. They have now stamped their authority over World Cup 2014 betting.

However, it does mean that there is value elsewhere, and one big stat is that no side who has won the Confederations Cup has gone on to lift the following World Cup. After their Confederations Cup win, Brazil will now have even more expectation on their shoulders next summer, will that be too much?

Spain are as far out as 6/1 with Ladbrokes to retain their title, but surely they can’t play as badly as they did in the final of the Confederations Cup? The maybe now have an air of not being unbeatable, but it is probably far too early to be writing them off as potential winners in 2014 World Cup betting.

Now, with Brazil having been given such strong ascendancy in the Outright Winner market, even the threats from Argentina and Germany are around 5/1 shots and that will naturally mean that the rest of the world are playing catch up in the betting. Brazil, Spain, Argentina and Germany. Is there anyone else in the world likely to stop one of those four nations winning?

Are there likely to be any genuine dark horses? People will normally look to the Netherlands, but they really are an outside shot this time around, as far out as 16/1 alongside Cesare Prandelli’s Italy, who impressed many at the Confederations Cup. The Azzurri look as if they have more growth potential in their ranks to cause an upset to the big four, and they will be an even bigger threat if they can find a backup for Andrea Pirlo as well.

What about England? After a less than impressive qualification campaign, the Three Lions are further back at 18/1, and France out at 20/1.

2014 World Cup Betting Outright Winner Odd at online bookmaker Ladbrokes
Brazil 10/3, Argentina 9/2, Germany 5/1, Spain 6/1, Holland 16/1, Italy 16/1, England 18/1, France 20/1

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July 2nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Football Betting

It has been falling under the shadow perhaps of the European U21 Championships and the FIFA Confederations Cup, but there is a lot of international football betting happening for the U20 World Cup. This is the 19th edition of the tournament and this latest edition is being hosted by Turkey and runs from June 21st through July 13th. Twenty Four teams start the tournament from six confederations, and England are in the mix, the only home nations to make it there. The young Three Lions were in lowest ranking pot for the draw though, so they will face a tough time ahead if they are going to impress.

England have been drawn in Group E of the tournament, alongside Chile, Egypt and Iraq. Not too difficult of a task on the outset of things one would imagine, especially as they have the chance to get off the mark with an opening game against outsiders Iraq. The rankings are a little tricky to get to some solid conclusions about who is likely to get through here, but Chile look to be the strongest side in the group which England will have to go up against. The Chileans have been trading as one of the front runners to win the tournament outright, but there is still a good chance of progress for England as the top two definitely make it through to the knockouts, along with the four best third placed teams from the six groups. So the England U20 side have a chance to restore a bit of pride after the U21 side failed miserably at Euro 2013.

England have never won the U20 FIFA World Cup though, but there big nations missing this time around, with Argentina nor Brazil (the two most successful sides in the tournament history) in attendance. So looking at the outright winner for the 2013 U20 FIFA World Cup, there really aren’t any clear favourites. The power of Portugal, Uruguay and Spain really have been trading as the strongest options, especially after reigning champions Brazil U20 failed to make it back to defend their title. Given the status of Spain pretty much dominating the international scenes at all levels, they are probably well worth a bet. The senior side are the reigning European and World Champions and their U21 side just picked up the European Championship title. The future of Spain really looks in good hands and what you get with the full side is the same as at the junior levels. That same magical fluency will be there and will be backed well.

U20 FIFA World Cup Betting Odds at online betting exchange Bet365
Portugal 1/4, Uruguay 2/5, Spain 1/2, Chile 6/5, France 6/4, England 8/5, Croatia 10/3, South Korea 9/2, Egypt 9/2

Because of the turnaround of players at this youth level, it is hard to take anything from the previous tournament. Two years ago Brazil beat Portugal in a thrilling final 3-2 after extra time. There is a good base behind the Portuguese set up and that is why they are flourishing as one of the favourites for the U20 World Cup tournament. Uruguay’s youth really has the capability of being one of the best in the World, however, as seen at the 2012 Olympics, they really failed to impress themselves. This will be another chance for them to step up and prove themselves though and they have been one of the strong front runners for the tournament as well. France too, who finished fourth two years ago are likely to be also in the hunt in what should be a very competitive competition. Realistically the tournament is wide open and that is reflected in the odds of just 9/2 for the likes of South Korea and Egypt.

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June 23rd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

England - John Terry & Gary Cahill

England v Brazil Betting Preview
After sputtering to a uninspiring draw at Wembley against a spirited Irish side during midweek, England take on a much tougher task on Sunday. They head to the famous Maracana Stardium for take on the might of Brazil on their home soil. Just as much as England need to prove themselves to their critics, there will be pressure 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil to perform as well.

England v Brazil Betting Odds at online bookmaker Ladbrokes
Brazil 8/13, Draw 11/4, England 9/2

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Roy Hodgson’s side were heavily criticised for a 4-4-2 formation they produced against Ireland, which limited their creativity. Despite largely dominating possession in the match, they couldn’t do a lot with it, and they will be tested heavily against Brazil. England weren’t very mobile against the Repiblic of Ireland and will have to deal with the extra pace that the Brazilians will throw at them. The last time that the two sides met, it was the Three Lions who produced a victory at Wembley, a 2-1 win, which looked far removed from their Irish performance. But now they will have to deal with the heat of Brazil and in the hostile Maracana arena in Rio. This should be a good indication of how they will cope against, what is still one of the top sides in the world, next summer. If they reach the World cup finals of course.

Brazil have a tremendous amount at stake, with Luiz Felipe Scolari back in charge, this is pretty much the start for him. The form of Brazil has not been that hot, failing to deliver end products in recent friendlies, and they have to take this seriously. They of course haven’t played competitive football for a long time, not having to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. But after facing England, they take on France and then the challenge of the Confederations Cup. So Brazil themselves need to get back on track as well. They certainly haven’t gotten the best out of their immense talent on offer. After losing to England in February, they took draws against Italy, Russia and most recently, Chile. Sandwiched in there was a 4-0 win over Bolivia in Santa Cruz, and that is their only win in their last seven matches.

In the England v Brazil head to head, there have been 24 previous matches played. England have taken just four wins to eleven by the Brazilians. The last time England were in Rio, that famous John Barnes goal set England on the way to an equally famous 2-0 win over Brazil. Twenty of all the meetings between the two nations have been international friendly matches, all four of England’s triumphs over Brazil have come those friendly games.

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May 31st, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Wayne Rooney

England v Ireland Betting Preview
This will be an interesting test for Roy Hodgson’s men on May 29th, before they head out to Rio a few days later to take on the might of Brazil on their home turf. With both of the home nations still in the hunt for places at Brazil 2014, it should be a good chance for a gathering together for some team spirit, and who doesn’t like beating a neighbour? It will be the first meeting between the two nations since an infamous 1995 meeting at Lansdowne Road, a match which abandoned because of crowd trouble.

England v Ireland Betting Odds at online bookmaker Ladbrokes
England 4/9, Draw 11/4, Republic of Ireland 5/1

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This will be a decent warm up match for England ahead of their long trip to South America to test themselves against the five time World Champions. Roy Hodgson has already appealed to English fans to not go singing any antagonistic songs at Wembley on May 29th for the encounter. The England boss has already stated that it will be either Wayne Rooney or Frank Lampard who will likely get the captains armband for the match, as Steven Gerrard won’t be taking part because of his shoulder injury. Ashley Cole had been offered the job, and he will be presented with his 100th cap before the game, but isn’t convinced about a leadership role, preferring to stay in the shadows.

This is the first meeting between England and the Republic of Ireland at Wembley since they came together in March of 1991 in a European Championship qualifier, a match which ended in a draw. England’s form has been steady, losing just one of their six matches, a friendly against Sweden when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored that wonder goal. The Three Lions did take a win over Brazil after that, before thumping San Marino in the 2014 World Cup qualifier, before being held to a 1-1 draw by Montenegro in their qualifying group. With the Brazil match following straight after, this game may be used by Hodgson to get a look at some of the support players in the squad. He has called up Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to the full squad for the first time and Jack Rodwell gets back in the picture.

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has had the news that the LA Galaxy have given permission for Robbie Keane to join up for their forthcoming international friendly matches with England and Georgia. This will be an important matches for the Irish, who will use it as final preparations before they face the Faroe Island on June 7th. Ireland are currently sat in fourth place in the tough Group C of 2014 World Cup qualifying, behind Germany, Austria and Sweden and could do with running up a big win against the minnows. The Irish have drawn their last two competitive games, taking a point away from meetings with both Austria and Sweden. They will go without Norwich winger Anthony Pilkington, who has a knee injury.

In the head to head between England and Ireland, there have been thirteen previous match ups. England have won five of those, compared to two from the Irish. The last friendly they played was in London, way back in 1985, which the hosts won 2-1. The last three matches between the two nations have all ended in a 1-1 draw which may not be too bad of a trend to be following for the next meeting between them.

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May 23rd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

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Manchester United star Wayne Rooney struck the back of the San Marino net with a beautiful free kick on Friday night, and the Three Lions need a big night from him in Podgorica on Tuesday night for England v Montenegro betting. The last time that England were there, at the back end of Euro 2012 qualification, Wayne Rooney saw red and the Three Lions blew a two goal lead in the match, only managing to take a 2-2 draw. It was enough in the end, but England need to really churn out a win in this one.

They go into the game two points behind group leaders Montenegro and defeat would leave them a mountain to climb to try and get automatic qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. A win in Podgorica on Tuesday night would hand a small advantage to England, especially with them having to face Montenegro back at Wembley later in the year. Will Rooney provide a valuable contribution on the night, in what will certainly be a tougher test than they faced than in the 8-0 thumping of San Marino last Friday?

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In the First Goalscorer market for the match, Rooney is favourite at a price of 4/1, followed by Danny Welbeck and Jermain Defoe both at 6/1. Among the Correct Score options for England v Montenegro betting, a 1-1 draw is trading at 7/1, with a 2-0 win for England priced at 13/2, just shorter than a 2-1 win for the visitors.

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March 25th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Oxlade-Chamberlain (England)

England v Montenegro Betting Preview
The stakes suddenly get a little bit higher on Tuesday for Roy Hodgson’s men as they go into action in Montenegro. This is the battle for top spot and should England slip to a defeat, then they would be five points behind Montenegro and their hopes of gaining an automatic qualification spot at Brazil 2014, totally shot. So there is going to be little margin for error out in Podgorica. There is of course memories of the last time England were there, in October of 2011 in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, which saw Wayne Rooney get a red card.

England v Montenegro Betting Odds at online bookmaker Ladbrokes
England 4/5, Draw 5/2, Montenegro 7/2

England v Montenegro Recommended Bet:
An 8-0 thumping of San Marino for Roy Hodgson’s men wasn’t really any kind of test for them. But it may have served well as a training match for them. There was confidence in front of goal as well with plenty of different players getting on the scoresheet. In contrast, Montenegro had to battle through a tough match with ten men in a 1-0 win over Moldova on Friday night. That may have taken a lot out of them, while England should be fresh. The Three Lions are still a bit lightweight at the back and they will obviously come under a lot more pressure than they did on Friday. This is a night where England really need to pull out the stops to try and help Joe Hart record a clean sheet. A draw wouldn’t be a disaster, but there wouldn’t be room for any more dropped points if that happens. At least they boosted their goal difference with the coast in San Marino.

Montenegro went down to ten men in Moldova on Friday night, but managed to grab a late winner. That was a vital goal for them, or else they would have been going into this a point behind England. They are a hard working tough side and like England are unbeaten so far in qualification, conceding just two goals along the way, again, just like England. Montenegro had the better of the match against Moldova in terms of possession, but conceded plenty of shots which should give England some hope. The Three Lions will be fielding a different line up, as energy conservation ahead of the Montenegro meeting was order of the day.

There may not be too much to choose between these and a one goal winning margin for either is tempting. But a draw seems a likely outcome given everything at stake here and worth looking at for a price of 5/2 with online bookmaker Ladbrokes.

England v Montenegro Head to Head
The two nations have met just twice before in history and that was in the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Both matches produced a draw, England taking a 0-0 at home before that needling away match which England blew a two goal lead to tie 2-2 with Rooney getting sent off.

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March 23rd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Roy Hodgson

England v San Marino Betting Preview
Even though there will be bigger importance placed on the clash in Montenegro a few days later, England can take some much needed confidence there if they record a big win over San Marino. There is going to be little doubt about the outcome of this one, it will simply be a matter of how big a margin England can win by on the night. This is a big chance to boost their goal difference in the race for top spot. Their shortage in the centre of defence shouldn’t prove costly against a side who haven’t scored a goal yet.

England v San Marino Betting Odds at online bookmaker Ladbrokes
England 1/250, Draw 14/1, San Marino 66/1

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Roy Hodgson’s men go into the next round of matches two points adrift of Group H leaders Montenegro, who they will face a few days after taking on San Marino. England are stuck in second place following two slip ups already in the group, after being held to draws by Poland and the Ukraine. England have scored twelve goals and conceded just two so far, and they need to really improve upon that against San Marino. They have to go to Montenegro with confidence and that will come from a big win over the minnows. There shouldn’t be too much to stop England from doing that, apart from themselves. England’s two away matches so far have resulted in a 5-0 win over Moldova and a 1-1 draw in Poland.


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But San Marino are unlikely to really challenge them. The group outsiders have conceded sixteen goals in their first four matches and have yet to put the ball in the back of the net. San Marino’s two home games so far in UEFA Group H of 2014 World Cup qualifying has seen them lose 2-0 against Moldova and 6-0 against Montenegro. A half a dozen goals is really where England should be looking and anything less than the five that they scored at Wembley will be disappointing. Big chance for goals, can they grab it? They will also be keeping an eye on the Moldova v Montenegro match on Friday as well.

England v San Marino Head To Head
There have been just three previous matches between the two nations and everything stands in heavy favour of England. The Three Lions have won all three encounters, and have scored 18 goals and conceded just one in those games. The last meeting was the 5-0 win in London back in October of 2012. On their only previous trip to face San Marino away, England won 7-1 in Bologna back in the 1994 World Cup Qualifiers.

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March 22nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

England - John Terry & Gary Cahill

England v Brazil International friendly betting sees the Three Lions go off as underdogs for the big game at St George’s Park. England were beaten 4-2 by Sweden in their last international friendly, and manager Roy Hodgson will get his first chance to assess his squad since then. There have been withdrawals already as Daniel Sturridge, Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick have all pulled out because of injury. This will be a good test for England on their home soil as they get ready for some important World Cup 2014 qualifiers coming up in March. Will Hodgson match up a full side against Brazil, or will he follow suit from the youngsters and debutants he put out against Sweden? Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck is in great international form at the moment, scoring five goals from five shots on target in his 14 match international career.

Leon Osman, Raheem Sterling, Steven Caulker, Wilfried Zaha, Carl Jenkinson and Ryan Shawcross all got their chances against Sweden, and there could be valuable minutes for some of England’s youngsters again. It was the flurry of substitutions against Sweden which undid England after looking reasonably comfortable. Brazil have gone with some immense talent, including Chelsea’s David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar, along with QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar. This will be the first match for Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari after getting re-appointed to the national job back in December. Big names like Hulk, Neymar and Luis Fabiano are all in the squad to head to Wembley. Brazil will want big performances now and get the most of their preparations for what will be a massive World Cup 2014 for them on their home soil.

England have not beaten Brazil since back in 1990 and the form of the two nations is pretty similar at the moment. The Brazilians, albeit with only home based players, lost against Argentina in their last match, the second leg of the Superclasico de las Americas. Both matches ended in a 2-1 home win, with Brazil winning outright on penalties at the end. Prior to that, Brazil had sown some big form through 2012, beating Sweden 3-0, China 8-0, Iraq 6-0 and Japan 4-0 over the second half of the year. So they haven’t been facing that tough of opposition and their last three wins all came on neutral soil. So how they will shape up against England? Their overwhelming talent and pace puts them as favourites to win at St George’s Park.

England v Brazil Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Brazil 11/8, England 2/1, Draw 9/4

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February 4th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Wayne Rooney

England will face a stiff challenge out in Stockholm on Wednesday night as they take on Sweden in an international friendly. Roy Hodgson’s men go as underdogs for the match and have had five withdrawals from the initial squad name. England will go without Theo Walcott, Wayne Rooney, Jonjo Shelvey, Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon have all been ruled out of action. Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also miss the match as well. That has led to the call up of Championship side Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, a youngster who has been having an incredible season and has attracted a lot of attention.The other notable new player to arrive in the squad has been Everton’s midfielder Leon Osman.

England and Sweden have a close head to head, with the Three Lions taking seven wins to Sweden’s six. The last time they met competitively was in the group stage of Euro 2012, when England scraped out a 3-2 win in Kiev back in the summer. The last time they came together in Sweden was for a friendly in Gothenburg back in 2004 which was won 1-0 by the home side. Just as a little betting trend for England v Sweden betting, the last three international friendly matches between the two nations have gone under 2.5 goals. Sweden have won the last three on home soil against the English and always relish taking on the Three Lions, so an easy night is not expected, especially with Hodgson likely to field a side which is far from full strength.

England are sitting on top of their World Cup 2014 qualification group while Sweden are tracking behind Germany in Group C. It was the Swedes who pulled off a remarkable comeback recently against the Germans in a Brazil 2014 qualification game. From a position of being 4-0 behind, the Swedes miraculously rallied to earn themselves an unlikely point in a 4-4 draw.England’s last match ended in a disappointing 1-1 draw in Poland.

England v Sweden Betting Odds at Online bookmaker bet365
Sweden 6/4, England 9/5, Draw 9/4

Recommended Bet: It is unlikely to be a match which produces a lot of goals. England have managed just two goals in their last two matches against decent opposition, and the Swedes have a pretty organised defence and set up and won’t be broken down easily. If you still want to back England, a Draw No Bet for a price of Evens at online bookmaker Bet365 looks good.

It is another busy week of international friendly matches this week. There is great action to come from right across the globe, as there are some appealing match ups from Europe, Africa and South America in particular. Once again, online bookmaker Bet365 are providing a whole host of live football streams for their customers. This gives punters great access to watch live which enjoying live in-running betting with the great portal that Bet365 offer. Live in-running betting at Bet365 opens up around 70 new markets to enjoy on football matches as they happen. Highly rated online bookmaker Bet365 offer a free £200 bet for new customers registering an account with them.

November 12th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

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