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It is believed that Gareth Southgate has already pencilled in his ‘final 23’ for this summer’s World Cup. As the sole home nation to qualify, England will fly the flag for Britain yet again at a final tournament, but Southgate’s men will naturally do so in the shadow of what many would assert was England’s worst-ever World Cup performance.

If FIFA rankings are to be the benchmark by which a group’s ‘difficulty’ is determined, England face a much easier group this summer than in 2014. Nonetheless, for every special bet involving progress for England, there are some that are beloved by self-hating pessimists, who are absolutely adamant that Panama or Tunisia will humiliate England and send them packing.

World Cup 2018 Betting Specials Preview

What are the odds on England NOT making it out of the group stage?

In the World Cup 2018 specials market, England are priced at 6/1 to be eliminated at the group stage. Though these odds are longer than those seen four years ago, there is a distinct feeling that England have a mistake in them, which could hand the initiative to either of the two ‘weak links’ of Group G. Certainly, anything less than a win against Tunisia in the opening set of matches will see that price shorten faster than greased lightning.

What are the odds on England remaining unbeaten in the group?

For those who believe that England have learnt from the mistakes of the past, the Three Lions are odds-on at 10/11 to remain unbeaten. This could, of course, encompass a wide variety of outcomes – specifically, anything from a full set of nine points, to three 0-0 draws, and likely elimination on goals scored.

What are the odds on England NOT winning a single group game?

England are 20/1 to repeat the feat of 2014 and go through the group stage without winning. As shown by previous teams, such as Ireland in 2002, this is not necessarily fatal to their chances of progression. Winning is advisable all the same, and nobody wants to see ultra-defensive tactics against the likes of Panama.

What are the odds on an England player receiving a red card in Russia?

The odds of an England player being sent off are 9/2, while those who crave bloodlust and bad sportsmanship can back TWO red cards for England at 66/1. England matches never fail to have their flashpoints, but Wayne Rooney remains the last Englishman to see red at a World Cup, having made THAT stamp on Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2006.

…Despite Rooney’s best efforts, Ronaldo became a father four years after the incident in question.

What are the odds on Gareth Southgate NOT being England manager for the first game?

For those who believe that managing a World Cup squad is beyond Southgate, he is 50/1 to NOT be manager for the opener against Tunisia.

What are the odds on England getting knocked out on penalties?

Amazingly, England are 10/1 to get knocked out in the most ‘English’ way possible. If any match does go to penalties, England will most assuredly be odds-on favourites for elimination in the in-play markets. A victory over Spain in Euro 96, shockingly, remains the last occasion on which England won a penalty shootout. Since then, England have fallen to Germany, Argentina, Italy and TWICE to Portugal, on penalties in major tournaments.

What are the odds on England scoring two or more goals in every group game?

It has never been done by any England side in World Cup history, but records are there to be broken. The England squad of 2018 may have its doubters, but where the target of scoring 2+ goals in every group game is concerned, Group G is as much of a ‘gimme’ as England could have possibly hoped for.

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