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World Cup 2014 Betting

England v Ecuador Betting Preview
England move on to Miami now in their World Cup 2014 preparations as they face up against more South American opposition. After taking a 3-0 win over Peru on Saturday, they face off against Ecuador, who are also heading to Brazil. Can the English deliver on their favouritism in convincing fashion?

England v Ecuador Betting Odds at online bookmaker Unibet
England 5/6, Draw 12/5, Ecuador 3/1

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England v Ecuador Betting Tips:
The Three Lions did enough at Wembley against Peru to give themselves a good platform to work off in their build up to the World Cup. After the shutdown of the domestic seasons, it naturally took players a while to get into their stride against Peru, and the only real thing of note in the first half was Daniel Sturridge’s fine strike from distance. However the second half was much better, with Adam Lallana pulling creative strings nicely, and they pushed on well. However they did give up far too many easy chances at the back, and against better opposition, they would have been severely punished more likely than not. So it all still points to England’s strengths being in attack, because they look vulnerable at the back. Still, that’s back to back clean sheets now, the Peru result following a 1-0 win over Denmark.

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is trading as even money favourite in the anytime goalscorer market for the game against Ecuador, while Wayne Rooney, who was pretty anonymous against Peru in his first game back after injury, is 5/4 to net at any time. Liverpool-bound Rickie Lambert is a 7/4 shot. There could be changes from the starting eleven which faced Peru. England should be winning matches like this, and they are still holding their ground in the outright World Cup winner market as 28/1 shots. The Three Lions are still hanging back at 8/13 to get out of Group D against Italy and Uruguay. Ecuador will be providing more South American opposition, and on top of the game against Peru, it should give England good experience for when they face Central Americans Costa Rica in their final group match at the World Cup. England have played two and won two against Ecuador before, taking a 2-0 victory in their first meeting in 1970 and then a 1-0 triumph at the 2006 World Cup in the round of sixteen.

What are we going to see in Ecuador? Well, that’s not too clear after producing some real mixed results. They posted a crazy 4-3 win over Australia back in March, and then recorded a good 1-1 draw away in Holland. But then it all came crashing down when they lost against Mexico 3-1 at the end of May. Their strengths are in their defence, and it was part of them holding on to fourth spot in the CON BEMOL qualification zone, edging out Uruguay. Of the five nations from the CONMEBOL zone who had to qualify for the World Cup, they were the lowest scorers, which says a lot about the strength of their defence. That having been said, they have conceded in each of their last three games, so England should open them up. Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia is their main man, but there’s not a lot of power up top. Ecuador will be facing Switzerland, France and Honduras in Group E at the World Cup, where they are 20/19 third favourites to qualify.

Prediction
England should be driving on here with some confidence because this is a perfectly winnable match for them if they apply themselves correctly. Yes, friendly matches can get disrupted with flow because of changes, but the Three Lions should bank a win in what is likely to be their toughest of their three warm up matches. Straight forward, England to win.

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Form (all competitions)
England WWLLWW, Ecuador LDDWDL


3rd June 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Wayne Rooney

England v Peru Betting Preview
Three matches to go now for Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions before the start of the 2014 World Cup. This will be their Wembley send off too, as their two friendly matches following this against Ecuador and Honduras will be played in Miami. With two losses in their last three Wembley friendly matches, England really need to start getting some momentum behind them.

England v Peru Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
England 1/3, Draw 4/1, Peru 9/1

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England v Peru Betting Tips:
There is the likelihood, that while many subs will be used throughout the match, something close to what England’s starting eleven will be against Italy in Manaus on June 14th should be sent out by Hodgson at Wembley on Saturday. After rounding off their World Cup qualification duties, England lost back to back friendly matches at Wembley against Chile and Germany, which really put a big dampener on their spirits ahead of Brazil 2014, but there is time to make amends. They sort of did, at least result-wise, in a 1-0 win over Denmark in their last friendly. But the Three Lions have now only scored one goal in their last three games. That seriously need to be fixed. Fingers can be pointed at the defense too, as they have only managed one clean sheet in their last six friendly games at Wembley.

Going forward, just two of England’s last nine international goals have been scored in the first half of matches. So expect another relatively slow start from them. It could actually lean punters towards a Draw/England Half Time/Full Time wager in this one at a price of 3/1. However, England’s form in warm up matches ahead of internal tournaments has been pretty good. They have won their last six international friendlies which have been direct warm-up matches ahead of an international tournament. The last time that they lost a tournament warm-up match was back in in 1990 against Uruguay. Since then, England have an unbeaten W14 D8 record in said warm-up type matches.

In the anytime goalscorer market for England v Peru betting, Wayne Rooney is trading as 4/6 favourite. The Manchester United man has netted more goals for his country since Roy Hodgson took over, than anyone else (8). Both Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert are even money, which suggests that England should get the opportunity to get a few goals on the board in this one. They should, and therefore going over 2.5 goals for a price of 4/6 should be something of a certainty if England have any kind of ambitions about getting out the group stage.

While England have won just one of their last five against South American nations, Peru haven’t won an international game for almost a year now. Since their last win in 2013 against Ecuador, Peru have posted a D2 L4 record. They aren’t a threat going forward, but will present England with a test of putting out a stubborn defence to break down, as they have conceded just one goal in their last seven international friendlies, their last two ending in 0-0 draws against Mexico and South Korea.

Prediction
This is the type of opposition (similar to Costa Rica who they’ll face in Group D) which England should take full control of. At home, they should have all the initiative in this game, and as Peru aren’t going to offer much going forward, England should have the crop of players to break through, even if it takes a while. Shoot for the Three Lions to win to nil at even money.

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Form (all competitions)
England DWWLLW, Peru LDLLLD

Stat Attack
England have met Peru twice before, winning both and scoring 4 in each win
England have won just one of their last five against South American sides
Peru have posted a W0 D2 L4 record in their last six games
England have scored only one goal in their last three friendly matches at Wembley


28th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Maracana (Brazil)

Along with popular World Cup prediction markets such as Name The Finalists, there is also some interesting wagers to weigh up in the to reach the World Cup final betting market. There are different ways to look at who is going to make it to the showcase final match on July 13th in Rio at the famous Maracana. The Name the Finalist market is the most popular of these and taking a look in there at the ante post prices, the shortest price option is a big South American clash of Brazil/Argentina, an option which is trading at 9/1 with William Hill.

Other options are Brazil/Spain, Argentina/Germany and then you get into unlikely territory of Brazil/Germany. The way to look at this is the separation of the sides in the knockout stage, if the favourites in their groups all prevail. If the big four of Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Spain all win their groups, then they will separate out into Brazil and Germany in one half, with Argentina and Spain in the other. So they are the semi finals which are most likely to be on the cards, barring any upsets along the way of course.

So immediately you can see who the four favourites are to return value in the to reach the World Cup final betting market. This is the same in the outright winner market of course, where hosts Brazil are strong 3/1 favourites, followed Argentina and Germany at 5/1 and the reigning champions Spain all the way out at 7/1 to remain on top of the world. But if you want to get down to more specifics, then can you look at each of the individual 32 teams.

England for example are massive 16/1 shots to reach the final of Brazil 2014, France are at 9/1, while a lot of people’s favourite dark horse shots Belgium are trading at a price of 7/1 and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal are 12/1 shots to make it all the way to Rio on July 13th. They are some of the better priced options that punters will be looking to, while the individual odds on the big four are Germay at 9/4, Argentina at 5/2, Spain at 7/2 and Brazil at 6/4.

Pretty much there is some great value in backing any of the big guns in the to reach the World Cup final betting market.

 

For how long can England keep the fans interested at Brazil 2014?
Odds on England to win World Cup 2014

 

If you are a little unsure of just who would win out in the projected Brazil v Germany and Spain v Argentina semi final matches in World Cup 2014 betting, then you could take a dip into the to reach the semi final betting market. There Brazil and Argentina are heavy 5/6 favourites, with Germany at Even money and Spain at 11/8. This is where a dark horse shot may come in more, with France at 4/1 and the Netherlands, who could be the ones to disrupt Spain in the group stage, are at 9/2. Italy are 4/1 shots to make it to the final four, while England are 5/1 shots.

So naturally the best value is going to be found on the big guns in the field, the Brazil’s and Argentina’s of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Beyond that you are looking at the dark horse shots, those tempting propositions which you can sort of plot a route to the final for, but those who would also be punching above their weight a bit if they made it just to the final four. Fascinating options all around, but it is a World Cup 2014 betting market which offers a lot of positive value, even on the outright favourites.


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

Roy Hodgson

There is always plenty of speculation about who will make a World Cup squad. England boss Roy Hodgson is charged with the task of narrowing down all of his option to just 23 players. Most of the squad can pretty much be pencilled in, as you know that Hodgson is going to be picking certain bankers like Joe Hart, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney. However, this time around there is not so much of a focus on just leaning towards loyalty of the experienced players, because there are some great young talents on the fringe who would deserve to head to Brazil on merit.

There is a whole clutch of players at very short odds in England World Cup Squad betting 2014. Among the heavy odds on favourites are the aforementioned Hart, Rooney and Gerrard, and they are joined by Leighton Baines, Daniel Sturridge and Gary Cahill. Out of the entire possibilities, they are the overwhelming bankers to make it to the final 23 in England’s 2014 World Cup squad. However, because they are bankers, there’s not a lot of value around in them for odds around the 1/25 mark.

Even Jack Wilshere, Adam Lallana and Danny Welbeck don’t offer enough value to really get wagers down on, as they are all around the 1/10 mark. So the most value on offer can be found around the mark of Even money options. That is where the big value is going to be found. Who is hovering around there? The likes of John Ruddy, Rickie Lambert and Andy Carroll. West Ham’s Andy Carroll has had a stop start season, but has shown glimpses since coming back from injury who value he can be in the air and disrupting defences.

Southampton’s Rickie Lambert has a bit more versatility though and has been called upon already by Hodgson. Sunderland’s Adam Johnson is another interesting name, because at the start of 2014 he was on fire for the Black Cats. Direct running in opening up defences along with a sharp eye for goal saw his England stock rise, but he is a long 10/1 shot now to make it into the final 23, and goes up against competition like Andros Townsend and Raheem Sterling for wide positions, even the experience of Aaron Lennon at 3/1 may trump him.

Priced as perhaps a great long shot will be left back Luke Shaw is trading at 2/1 and value odds in England World Cup Squad betting 2014. The starting left back role is likely to be handed to Leighton Baines, so will Hodgson bring along Luke Shaw for squad experience over Chelsea’s Ashley Cole (1/4) who has barely put in any playing time for his club this season? Shaw looks to be one of the best value bets in England World Cup squad betting. Baines is 1/2 to start the opening match at left back, with Cole at 15/8 and any other player at 8/1.

At the end of the day, it isn’t going to be a squad filled with that many surprises. There is probably going to be a nod towards the future with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana and Ross Barkley in the mix. There are alternative markets that you can also look at, for example there is odds of 11/10 at Ladbrokes for Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson to all make the squad. You can take 6/1 on youngsters Like Shaw, Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to make the squad. That is the same price as Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Phil JOhns, Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling and Tom Cleverley all to make it onto the plane to Brazil.

 


23rd April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

World Cup 2014 Betting

How are England to win World Cup 2014 odds shaping up? Well the Three Lions will be riding in on a cloud of optimism as opposed to harbouring realistic chances of lifting the title. England fans are still having a prolonged wait to see if they can ever follow up on that 1966 success but they looking to be nothing more than a long shot in this one.

Four years ago in South Africa, England were trading pretty strongly after being drawn in an easy group, but they completely fluffed their lines then under Fabio Capello, stuttered through to the last sixteen in second place and were subsequently crushed by Germany and sent home in embarrassment.

But they are back for another shot and trading at much longer odds than they were at South Africa 2014. With Bet365 having priced them up as 33/1 shots to lift the title at Brazil 2014, that is a big gap to the short priced, proven quality of the likes of Brazil and Spain in the outright winner market.

But maybe this time around, England will actually be helped by the fact that there is very little expectation riding on their shoulders. Having been drawn in a tough, competitive group, and unlikely to find the conditions and heat in Brazil easy going, Roy Hodgson’s men having nothing to lose really.

England did put on a final flourish to win their qualification group and the boss did try to look more towards the youth and future of the country, and play attacking football at the same time. Their big hope again up front will be Wayne Rooney, who has yet to really deliver to his country when it matters the most in international tournaments. Can the United man carry the weight of the nation on his shoulders and lead the Three Lions on an unexpectedly deep run?

Group Stage
A tough, tough draw for England in having to go up against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. England open against Italy in what is going to be a massive match. A loss there and there is going to be huge ground to make up. England are third favourites out of the four to actually win Group D at a price of 5/2 and when you consider that, it’s not hard to see why the bookmakers have England to win World Cup 2014 odds so far out at 33/1.

The Three Lions are only 4/6 third favourites to qualify from their group behind the joint favourites Italy and Uruguay, but there is not total reason for doom and gloom. The thing here is to look at the silver lining. If England fight their way out of this tough group, then the confidence that they would get from that would be huge. That would be a great wave of momentum behind them in overcoming the odds there and with anyone from Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan waiting in the next round, it wouldn’t be that difficult of a path to the quarter finals.

Key players
Wayne Rooney, it has to be. He always gets talked about at this stage, but he hasn’t been there for his country when they have looked to him in situations like this. The England man is all the way out at a price of 50/1 in the Top Goalscorer market for World Cup 2014 betting odds and that say a lot about England’s overall chances at the tournament. So it actually may be that Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is the key forward, his speed creating the space for Rooney to work in. It could be a key partnership.

The other key England player is going to be Chelsea’s Gary Cahill. He has grown and grown and frankly, with England not having a great back line, the more composed and controlled he is, the better off the Three Lions will be. He has the capacity to be England’s rock at the back and he has to put himself on the line and take responsibility there. England haven’t had anyone like that back there since John Terry and boy do they need one.

Prediction
Tough to argue with the England to win World Cup 2014 odds being so long. It’s actually not a horrendous price and other bookmakers have them in shorter at around 25/1. But if you are going to have a go one them, grab the biggest price you can. No-one realistically is expecting anything more than a quarter final place for England, that would be a great triumph for them. It could be worth looking at a stage of elimination bet for England and if they make it out of the group then a Quarter Final stage exit at a price of 5/1 looks pretty appealing.


5th April 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Bet365

During England’s somewhat tame 1-0 home win over Denmark in a recent international friendly at Wembley, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere picked up an injury. It was a hairline fracture to a bone in his left foot and reports are that he will be out of action from anywhere up to six weeks. Naturally this could have an effect on him booking a spot at Brazil 2014 with the Three Lions.

He was Roy Hodgson’s starting choice for the game against Denmark, but the injury could be a massive blow for his World Cup hopes. Online betting site Bet365 priced Wilshere up at 9/4 to miss out on a World Cup place, while he was moved out to 1/3 from as short as 1/10 to actually make England’s World Cup squad. The injury in question came in the 12th minute of the game against Denmark in a clash with Liverpool’s Daniel Agger, but Hodgson kept him in action until the 60th minute. Wilshere missed out on Euro because of a stress fracture in his right ankle.

What could put further doubt on him, is the performance of Southampton’s Adam Lallana, who made the most of his time to shine after replacing Wilshere. It was Lallana who teed up Daniel Sturridge for England’s only goal of the game. The first touch for Lallana was an impressive Cruyff-turn which delighted the home fans. The bookmakers reacted by bringing his price down to 1/2 to be in England World Cup squad, having previously been out at 10/11.

Lallana is now 3/1 to start England’s opening World Cup match against Italy, and he could be joined in the England squad by his Southampton team mate Luke Shaw. The young left back came on in the second half in place of Ashley Cole and put in a solid, assured performance. Bet365 still have him around 12/1 to actually grab the starting left back spot in Manaus, as Leighton Baines is red hot favourite there at 1/4.

Punters can also take Even money at Bet365 that Southampton will have at least two representatives on the plane to Brazil in the summer, with Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert also in the picture. Both were unused substitutes against Denmark.

 


7th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Wayne Rooney

England v Denmark Betting Preview
So, there’s not an awful lot of time now for England boss Roy Hodgson to think about finalising his World Cup 2014 squad. After losing their last two matches without having gotten on the scoresheet, there is plenty to think about. Norway missed out on a place at Brazil 2014 and go as underdogs for their trip to Wembley.

England v Denmark Betting Odds at online bookmaker Betfair
England 4/7, Draw 14/5, Denmark 5/1

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England v Denmark Betting Tips:
Hodgson has already said that he would be prepared to leave out some big names in his final 23 for Brazil. So it’ll be interesting to see who stands out in the international friendly matches between now and June 2nd when he announces his squad. He has drafted in Southampton’s Luke Shaw and Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling for this squad with Denmark. Hodgson won’t have been pleased with his selections over the last couple of matches, back to back home friendly defeats against Chile and Germany. That was after showing some good form to close out their qualification group for Brazil 2014, in which Hodgson threw off the shackles a bit and went all positive attack minded.

In the anytime goalscorer market, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge are trading as Even money favourites, with the options of Rickie Lambert, Danny Welbeck and Jay Rodriguez at 7/4 behind them. England do have a pretty decent crop of youngsters, helping them to take a more positive approach to things. But getting the right balance between attack and defence is the tough call for him. England have kept three clean sheets in their last six games and are priced at 6/4 To Win To Nil. It’s going to be a big year for Hodgson, with not only the World Cup (where ENgland are 33/1 outside shots) but also Euro 2016 qualifiers will get underway. England were drawn in a group with Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino. They can’t really blow that.

So what of Denmark? Well they missed out on a place at Brazil 2014 after finishing fourth in their group behind Switzerland, Iceland and Slovenia. Not a great return from them really and they only won one of their five away matches. There’s not a tremendous amount of firepower from the Danes, averaging just a goal per game through qualification. Morten Rasmussen and Nicklas Bendtner are trading at 3/1 in the anytime goalscorer market. They are actually five games unbeaten now and have been scoring well. England would probably be comfortably coming away with a solid clean sheet in this one and going under 2.5 goals is trading at a price of 3/4 and that looks to be a pretty good option.

Prediction
England really need to get back to winning ways and they should do so here. Denmark may take a while to be broken down, but England can be gotten at defensively. The option of Both Teams To Score for a price of Even Money may be a decent shot.

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Form (all competitions)
England WDWWLL, Denmark LWWDWW

Head To Head
There have been 18 meetings between the two sides before and England have a healthy 11-3 lead. The last time they met was in a friendly in 2011 with England winning 2-1 in Copenhagen. Their last meeting in England was won by Denmark 3-2 in Manchester. Their last competitive meeting was in the 2002 World Cup, which England won 3-0.

 


5th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Betfair

There is a great offer running for your England v Denmark betting from online betting site Betfair, who are offering customers the chance to pick their own cash back trigger. This is part of their superb Cashback Extra promotions, which allows punters to take control of the insurance which is available on a highlighted game.

It is is easy to take advantage of this and simply head to the bookmaker and pick your Cashback trigger option from one of the following:

England lead 2 – 1 ANYTIME in the match
Red Card in the match
Denmark win the match
England win and both teams score
A Goal in the first ten minutes

What happens then, is if your pre-match fixed odds (sportsbook) bet in the First, Last or Anytime goalscorer market loses, but the refunded trigger gets activated in the match, then you will receive a lost stake refund up to the value of £25

The bookmaker is also running the same offer for the Republic of Ireland v Serbia betting as well. In that match, the list of refund triggers that you can selected from are

Red Card in the match
Ireland win and both teams score
Serbia win and both teams score
Goals In the first ten minutes
Both teams score in the first half

So plenty of options there in what looks to be a pretty decent game on the cards in Dublin. So it is your cashback, your choice with online betting site Betfair. New customers registering an account with the site, famous for their betting exchange, can get a risk free £50 bet as a welcome bonus as well.


5th March 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

World Cup 2014 Betting

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the latest player to play his way into thoughts of booking a place in England’s World Cup squad in the summer. The young Gunners star netted a brace on Sunday as Arsenal moved back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Online betting site Ladbrokes are offering odds of 6/4 on the Ox making the plane for Brazil 2014, and that looks to be some pretty decent value.

 

 

The youngster made his international debut under Roy Hodgson two years ago, and he was part of the England squad for Euro 2012 as well. However, the Ox has had a tough season this time around having to deal with a lot of injury problems. But a powerful performance against the Eagles will have put him back in the mind of the England boss and he could just be value worth snapping up.

What could boost his chances, that he was drafted into the middle of the park by Arsene Wenger, as the Gunners were short there with Mathieu Flamini serving a ban. The Ox put in a pretty good showing as well, as he is a hard worker, touching the ball over 100 times in his more central role. With Oxlade-Chamberlain usually being utilised on the flanks, it adds an extra bit of versatility to his game which Hodgson may well like.

Really the only central midfielders to come off the bench as actual impact players are likely to be Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere. So does Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has made 13 full international appearances under Roy Hodgson, having scored three goals in those games become a lot more valuable because of his versatility when looking at the bigger picture of possibilities in the England World Cup squad?


4th February 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

William Hill

Bookmakers payed some close attention to Premier League performances from Adam Johnson and Andy Carroll over the weekend. So much so that both men had their odds trimmed to be on the plane with the England squad to Brazil during the summer. While still long shots, there could be time for them to play their way into further contention.

The World Cup 2014 action will be on our doorsteps before we know it, and Roy Hodgson probably already knows the bulk of his squad. But there are gaps there still to be filled and Adam Johnson, who is enjoying a fantastic purple patch of form, could find himself in the frame. If he keeps playing the way he is at the moment until the end of the season, then he has a real opportunity.

Online betting site William Hill trimmed odds on the Black Cats man to 6/1 from 9/1 to make the trip to South America with the England squad in the summer.

The other man in focus with bookmakers, having had his price cut from 5/2 to 9/4 to be in the Three Lion’s World Cup squad, is West Ham’s Andy Carroll. The big striker is only just recently back from a long injury, but he showed his importance to the West Ham Premier League survival cause by setting up Kevin Nolan for two goals as the Hammers took an important 2-0 home win over Swansea.

It was Carroll’s fight and determination which was impressive, willing to get stuck in and fight for his team, something that has been missing from West Ham most of the season.

But will it be enough to get him back in the England picture for the World Cup? If he had big ambitions of reaching Brazil 2014, he didn’t do himself any favours as he was shown a red card red for violent conduct and now has to face a ban for the next three matches. Not the way to play yourself into the England fold.


3rd February 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News










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