Everything You Need to Know About England’s World Cup Russia 2018 Campaign – Fixtures, Squad, How they Fair in Group G and the Best Betting Odds
England’s 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia got of to a rocky start when Sam Allaryce left after the first match, but under Gareth Southgate they have been characteristically steady and even posted the best defensive record in the European qualifying section. They let in just 3 goals in ten matches (the first of these was in the match against Slovakia under Allardyce.)
Whilst they have the best defensive record in England and Harry Kane has scored 1 in 2 games during qualifying the expectations for England are not high. This might be a good thing as expectations for previous World Cups and European championships have left fans and punters disappointed.
England should have no trouble qualifying from group G, which also features Belgium, Panama and Tunisia, but in the round of 16 they will probably face Columbia or Senegal. Colombia and Senegal, whilst not expected by the bookies to win the World Cup will give England a run for their money.
An exit prior to the quarter-finals will be seen as a failure for the English squad but if the Three Lions make the semi-finals it will be incredible since they meet Columbia or Senegal. The last two World Cups have seen England departs before the quarter-finals and they haven’t made the semi-finals since 1990, when the finished fourth.
Obviously England won the World Cup in 1966, and winning the 2018 World Cup would be amazing but they will face teams that are ranked much higher by ELO and FIFA. A win would be spectacular but highly improbable.
Southgate was training the under 21’s team and many of them can be expected to be being primed for the 2022 World Cup. If you are going to back England to win a World Cup, maybe make it the 2022 one?
Which World Cup Group were England Drawn in?
England were drawn in group G, and will play alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama.
What are the England Fixtures?
Belgium meet Tunisia on the 18th June at the Volograd followed by Panama on June 24th. England will meet Belgium for their third and final group match on June 28th.
|Round||Date||Location||Home Team||Away Team||Group||Result||TV|
|1||18/06/2018 19:00||Volgograd Stadium||Tunisia||England||Group G||BBC|
|2||24/06/2018 13:00||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium||England||Panama||Group G||BBC|
|3||28/06/2018 19:00||Kaliningrad Stadium||England||Belgium||Group G||ITV|
England’s Friendlies ahead of the 2018 World Cup
England will play Nigeria at Wembley and Costa Rica at Elland Road in their final friendly matches ahead of this summer’s World Cup. Nigeria will visit on 2 June while England will face Costa Rica at Leeds United’s ground on 7 June
23rd March – Netherlands A (0-1)
27th March – Italy H (draw 1-1)
2nd June – Nigeria
7th June – Costa Rica
Last Six Results
vs Italy (H) 1-1
vs Netherland (A) 1-0
vs Brazil (H) 0-0
vs Germany (H) 0-0
vs Lithuania (A) 1-0
vs Slovenia (H) 1-0
World Cup Record
England won the 1966 World Cup, and many fans have been expecting England to bring football home for years! The Three Lions have qualified for the last 5 world cups (they failed to qualify in 1994), making the quarter finals twice (2002, 2006), the last 16 twice (1998, 2010) and the group stage in 2014. Can they make it to the semi-finals this time?
Prediction – Will England win the 2018 World Cup in Russia?
Expectations are not as high for England as they once were. Punters expect Engand to finish second in the group behind Belgium and then possibly edge past Columbia or Senegal in the round of 16. if they do that they will probably face Germany in the quarter-finals.
Germany are one of the best teams in the World, the defending champions. If England were to win a match against Germany, make the semi-finals…anything could happen…they could win the world cup…but can the win against Germany? We predict that England will be knocked out at the quarter-finals.
They have only ever progressed further than the quarter-finals on 2 occasions (1966 – winners & 1990 – fourth place).
Betting Odds for Stage of Elimination
A popular betting market for the English Team is the round that they will be eliminated. What round will England be eliminated from the 2018 world cup? The odds are below:
Round of 16: 11/5
Group Stage: 5/1
Second place: 10/1
The bookies are predicting England to be eliminated at the round of 16 or maybe the quart-finals. The odds above were available at bet365 on the 9th May 2018.
Who Will Score the Most Goals for England in Russia 2018?
Harry Kane is Englands’ top goal scorer, the bookies have him at odds of 11/10 to be England’s top goal scorer. Behind him are Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford and Deli Ali.
Harry Kane: 11/10
Raheem Sterling: 6/1
Jamie Vardy: 9/1
Marcus Rashford: 8/1
Deli Ali: 7/1
Odds from bet365, odds correct on the 9th May 2018.
Gareth Southgate, needs to piece together a winning team. He needs to draw up the final 23-man shortlist by the 4th June. Punters can place bets on who will make the England Squad. Betting odds for making the England squad can be found elsewhere on out site.
Preliminary World Cup Squad –
Goalkeepers – Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope
Defenders – Ryan Bertrand, Joe Gomez, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Tripper, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young
Midfielders – Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jack Wilshere
Forwards – Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy
What are the Odds of England Being Group G Winners?
On the 9th May England are 6/5 behind Belgium to be group G winners. Odds available at bet365.
What are the Odds of England winning the World Cup?
England are not the favourites to win the world cup but bet365 do have the best odds for England to be winners. bet365 have priced them at odds of 18/1 (odds correct on 9th may 2018)
Are there Any Betting Offers for England during the World Cup?
Betting offers for England to be the Group G winner market, qualify and other great betting offers can be found over on our World Cup Betting Offers Page.
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