Future Bright For Hodgson And When Will He Lose?

England defeated Italy although neither side were at their strongest a fact highlighted by the 11/8 offered by William Hill that only four or five of Wednesday’s starting XI line up for England’s first WC qualifying game. Roy Hodgson’s unbeaten record remains intact and William Hill offer 5/4 that he does not taste defeat until after 2012 has finished.

“The match against Italy showed us that the future is bright for England but the odds would suggest a return to a more traditional starting XI once qualifiers start,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Jack Butland became England’s youngest ever goalkeeper and he is 2/1 to play Premier League football this season for any side (4/11 he does not).

Jack Butland to play in a Premier League match this season: 4/11 no; 2/1 yes

How many of tonight’s starting XI will start England’s first qualifier: 8/1 0-3; 11/8 4-5; 13/8 6-7; 7/2 8-9; 14/1 10-11

England next defeat: 9/1 Moldova (a); 9/2 Ukraine (h); 150/1 San Marino (h); 5/2 Poland (a); 11/4 Sweden (a); 5/4 unbeaten at the end of 2012

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Hodgson’s Cubs Backed To Grow Into Lions

Roy Hodgson has announced a youthful side for England’s friendly against Italy and William Hill are betting on how many of the fringe players will feature in the World Cup in 2014. William Hill make Michael Carrick 15/8 to be included in the World Cup squad in 2014.

Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand (6/4 to be included), Everton’s Jack Rodwell (1/1), Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley (8/13) and Tottenham’s Steven Caulker (13/8) and Jake Livermore (5/1) have all been called up. Jack Butland (2/5) and John Ruddy (5/6) are deputies to Joe Hart and Daniel Sturridge (4/6) provides a different option in attack.

“After a final fling at the Euros, it may be time for some of the old guard to move on and Hodgson has certainly signalled his intent by calling up so many youngsters,” said William Hill spokesman Mark Young.

Brazil are favourites for their home World Cup at 11/4. Argentina and Spain are 11/2 and England are 20/1 to be world champions.

To Make England’s 2014 World Cup Squad (Bets void if England don’t qualify)

1/4 Kyle Walker, 2/5 Jack Butland, 8/13Tom Cleverley, 4/6 Daniel Sturridge, 5/6 John Ruddy, EVS Jack Rodwell, 6/4 Ryan Bertrand, 13/8 Steven Caulker, 15/8 Michael Carrick, 5/1 Jake Livermore

World Cup 2014: 11/4 Brazil, 11/2 Argentina, 11/2 Spain, 8/1 Germany, 14/1 Holland, 14/1 Uruguay, 16/1 Italy, 20/1 England, 20/1 Portugal, 25/1 Chile, 25/1 France, 50/1 Belgium.

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You Bet It’s Time To Drop The Flops

Of the players that started for England on Sunday night, there were a number of players who have been the mainstay of England’s underperforming side for the last 10 years or so. William Hill are now offering just 9/1 that Hodgson drops at least eight of those for their first match of the World Cup qualifiers. He is 6/5 to remain relatively loyal to his quarter final players with 6/5 offered for eight or nine of them to start vs Moldova.

England did show sporadic flashes of ability during the Euros, although all too infrequent and all eyes now turn to the World Cup qualifying. With a supposedly “easy” group, England are 1/5 to qualify and 4/9 to top the group. With England still unbeaten under Roy Hodgson (not counting penalties), Hills are 5/2 to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil without losing a game. Once there Hills do not think that they have much hope of winning the tournament and they are 20/1 to lift the Jules Rimet in two year’s time – the biggest price they have ever been for a World Cup.

“England hardly impressed during the tournament, but at the same time, showed a new found resilience. A bit of tinkering from Roy could produce a winning formula for the qualifiers and we think they will breeze through to Brazil,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

The Euros take pause for a few days as the semi finals loom on the horizon and William Hill are taking stock on what has been a torrid tournament for the bookies so far. “Not even England’s exit has given us any cheer,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “Before last night, we had gone 14 games without a draw and when that happens, we are always going to take a bit of a kicking. On the plus side though, we have two fantastic semi finals in the pipeline and we reckon that turnover for the last three games could approach £10m for us alone.”

William Hill Semi Finals:
7/2 Portugal; 10/11 Spain; 11/5 draw
5/6 Germany; 19/5 Italy; 11/5 Draw

Winner: 13/8 Spain; 13/8 Germany; 11/2 Portugal; 11/2 Italy

England World Cup Qualifiers:
1/5 Qualify (10/3 not to)
4/9 Top the group (13/8 not to)
5/2 Qualify without losing a group game (2/7 not to)

How many of England’s starting XI vs Italy will start vs Moldova (7/9/12): 9/1 0-3; 2/1 4-7; 6/5 8-9; 9/4 10-11

England World Cup 2014 winner: 20/1

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Rooney Return To Push Three Lions Into Quarter Finals

Wayne Rooney returns to the England team on Tuesday night as they look to rubber stamp qualification to the quarter finals with victory over the co hosts Ukraine.

Roy Hodgson is ready to unleash Rooney on Euro 2012 after sitting out the opening two fixtures leading William Hill to produce special prices around the England man.
In a Goals Match Bet, Rooney is 7/2 to score more than the Ukraine. It is 1/1 for the tie. He is 4/11 to score no goals on Tuesday, 9/4 to score one, 9/1 for two and 33/1 to find the net three or more times.

The Three Lions could yet fail to qualify. They are 9/4 to finish third in the group and 2/1 to win the group. William Hill believe they will finish second at 11/10 and qualify for the next round where they will play the winner of Group C.

“Carroll, Walcott and Welbeck all scored against Sweden but Rooney is the X Factor in the England team and with barely a half of football under his belt in the last month he will be itching to go out there and prove his worth for England,” said William Hill spokesman Mark Young.

England Finishing Position: 2/1 Winner, 11/10 Second, 9/4 Third.

Goals Match Bet: 7/2 Rooney, 1/1 Tie, 5/4 Ukraine

Rooney Goals Vs Ukraine: 4/11 Zero, 9/4 One, 9/1 Two, 33/1 Three or More
*Bets are void if Rooney doesn’t start

Group D winner: 8/15 France; 2/1 England; 6/1 Ukraine

Group D to qualify (not to): 1/200 France (25/1); 2/7 England (5/2); 5/2 Ukraine (2/7)

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England Defensive? 12/1 To Be Tournament’s Top Scorers

William Hill have almost £1 million liabilities on England winning the Euros and after Friday’s thrilling victory over Sweden, look like they will at least qualify for the quarter finals – meaning that by the time they kick off against Ukraine, that liability could well be into seven figures. England are 2/7 to qualify from Group D and 2/1 to win the group. The Three Lions are 10/1 to win the tournament.

After their one goal apiece against Sweden Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll are both 3/1 to be England’s leading scorers at the Euros, while with four goals already, England are 12/1 to be the tournament’s leading scorers. Wayne Rooney is 1/20 to return against the Ukraine and Hills make his 2/1 that he scores one goal, 10/1 two and 33/1 three or more.

“England threw off the defensive shackles that Roy Hodgson’s sides have shown in the past and the last 20 minutes showed that England can attack with the best and we think they could now prove a few people wrong (including Laurent Blanc) and be the tournament’s top scorers,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Despite the victory, John Terry did not have his best game in an England shirt and he is 9/2 to fail to start against Ukraine while James Milner is 9/4 to be dropped to the bench.

England top goalscorer: 3/1 Danny Welbeck; 3/1 Andy Carroll; 11/2 Theo Walcott; 6/1 Wayne Rooney; 10/1 Joleon Lescott; 10/1 Ashley Young; 14/1 BAR

Match odds: 23/20 England; 5/2 Ukraine; 11/5 Draw

To start vs Ukraine: 5/6 Carroll; 5/6 Welbeck; 1/20 Rooney

How many will Rooney score vs Ukraine: 2/5 none; 2/1 exactly one; 10/1 exactly two; 33/1 three or more

John Terry to start vs Ukraine: 1/8 yes; 9/2 no

James Milner to start vs Ukraine: 1/3 yes; 9/4 no

Group D winner: 8/15 France; 2/1 England; 6/1 Ukraine

To qualify from Group D (not to): 1/200 France (25/1); 2/7 England (5/2); 5/2 Ukraine (2/7)

England to be the highest scoring team in the tournament: 12/1

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You Bet England Can Hold On To Ball And Hit The Target

Under Roy Hodgson, England have not yet managed to achieve over 50% possession in three games, but William Hill think that could all change against Sweden on Friday. The firm make the Three Lions 8/11 to have 50% possession or more during the match (Evens that they do not). Against France, England had just one shot on target, but again, Hills think that they will better that against a somewhat weaker Sweden team. It is 5/6 for England to have 7 or more shots on target during the game (with the same price offered for fewer than seven).

“Hodgson has claimed that he does not pay much credence to statistics but we are sure that he will be acutely aware of the fact that England need to improve in the attacking third and we think that he will set England up in such a way to do so,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

England are 11/10 to win their game against Sweden and with Danny Welbeck expected to start again for Hodgson’s side, he is 6/1 to open the scoring.

The early kick off in Group D sees the Ukraine take on France and Andriy SheVChenko is 11/1 to bag another two goals or more in the match. France are 11/10 to win, while the home side are 5/2.

11/4 Sweden; 11/10 England; 21/10 Draw

First Scorer: 6/1 Danny Welbeck; 13/2 Andy Carroll; 7/1 Ashley Young; 15/2 Jermain Defoe; 8/1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic; 9/1 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; 9/1 Theo Walcott; 10/1 BAR

England possession vs Sweden: 8/11 over 49.5%; 1/1 under 49.5%

England shots on target vs Sweden: 5/6 over 6.5; 5/6 under 6.5

Man of the Match (Sweden vs England): 6/1 Steven Gerrard; 6/1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic; 7/1 Ashley Young; 7/1 Danny Welbeck; 8/1 Andy Carroll; 10/1 Ola Toivonen; 10/1 Markus Rosenberg; 11/1 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain; 12/1 BAR

5/2 Ukraine; 11/10 France; 9/4 Draw

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Euros Latest: Shevchenko 10/1 For Golden Boot

Euro co-hosts, Ukraine went top of Group D after an Andriy SheVChenko brace and William Hill make them 4/6 to qualify from the group and 4/1 to win it. SheVChenko is 10/1 to bag the golden boot.

“SheVChenko is a national hero in the Ukraine and even more so now,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “Just imagine what it would be like if he ended the tournament with the golden boot.”

England drew with France and given the way in which the Three Lions have set up in Roy Hodgson’s first three games, they could all be tight affairs and they are 14/1 to remain unbeaten but to go out at the group stages.

14/1 – England to go unbeaten but fail to qualify

Group D winner: 6/4 France; 7/4 England; 4/1 Ukraine; 11/2 Sweden

Golden boot: 5/1 Mario Gomez; 8/1 Alan Dzagoev; 10/1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic; 10/1 Andriy Shevhenko; 12/1 Karim Benzema; 14/1 Antonio Di Natale; 14/1 Mario Mandzukic; 16/1 BAR

Tournament winner: 5/2 Germany; 3/1 Spain; 9/1 France; 10/1 Italy; 12/1 Holland; 12/1 England; 12/1 Russia; 20/1 Portugal; 25/1 Croatia; 401Ukraine; 40/1 Denmark; 50/1 Poland; 100/1 Czech Republic; 100/1 Sweden; 100/1 Greece; 250/1 Republic of Ireland

To qualify from the group (not to): 4/9 France (13/8) ; 8/15 England (11/8); 4/6 Ukraine (11/10); 9/2 Sweden (1/8)

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Bookies Breathe Sigh Of Relief As England And France Draw

After a hard fought draw, William Hill were breathing a sigh of relief. As the game kicked off, 47% of all bets had been for Roy Hodgson’s men, with 39% of all bets being placed on France.

“We offered an industry top price of 5/2 about England, which punters were desperate to get on, while at the same time, France were also well backed by our more pragmatic punters. If we had seen a win for either side, we would have been paying out a seven figure sum,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

There were some top notch performances from the England players against France and William Hill are offering 7/4 that all eleven of tonight’s starting XI start vs Sweden with 11/8 offered for ten.

Danny Welbeck lead the line very well against France and he is 1/3 to start the match against Sweden and 6/5 to start the match against Ukraine. One person who did not impress, however, was the referee and Nicola Rizzoli is 16/1 from 7/1 to officiate in the Final.

Niccola Rizzoli to Officiate the Final: 16/1

How many of England XI to start v Sweden
11 – 7/4
10 – 11/8
9 or less – 2/1

Welbeck to start v Sweden
Yes – 1/3
No – 9/4

Welbeck to start v Ukraine
Yes – 6/5
No – 8/13

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Kelly To Replace Cahill…but He Will Not Replace Him In Starting Xi

Gary Cahill has been withdrawn from the England squad to add to Roy Hodgson’s woes and his replacement, Martin Kelly, is 1/3 with William Hill to see no action during the Three Lions three group games (9/4 to make any kind of appearance vs France, Ukraine or Sweden). Cahill’s injury means that a maximum of 10 of Saturday’s XI vs Belgium will be able to start against France and Hills offer 7/1 that all ten of those take their places next week. The most likely, however, is eight of the players to start at 8/11 with nine at Even money.

“Cahill will be a big loss considering the fact that it looked like he was going to be starting alongside Terry and now it looks like Lescott will have to step up to the plate,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

How any of England’s starting XI vs Belgium will start against France: 25/1 seven or fewer; 8/11 eight; 1/1 nine; 7/1 ten

Martin Kelly to make any kind of appearance during England’s group stages: 9/4 yes; 1/3 no

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England 200/1 To Win Euros Without Conceding

ENGLAND 200/1 TO WIN EUROS – WITHOUT CONCEDING A GOAL!

AFTER offering England at 16/1 to win the Euro 2012 tournament , William Hill have slashed their odds to 10/1 following their win over Belgium. ‘The first stirrings of the punting public getting behind Roy Hodgson have appeared and we acquired a potential payout of some £250,000 on England at 16/1, so shortened their odds to 10/1’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Following the 1-0 victory, Roy Hodgson has yet to see his England side concede and Hills are offering 10/1 that they do not concede at all in the Group stage, and 200/1 that they win the tournament without conceding a single goal. (Penalty shoot-outs excluded).
Danny Welbeck scored with a stunning finish and Hills make him 4/6 to start the opening goal v France, and 6/1 joint favourite to end the tournament as England top scorer.

William Hill…TO WIN EURO 2012……11/4 Spain; 3/1 Germany; 13/2 Holland; 10/1 England; France; 14 Italy; 20 Portugal;Russia; 50 Ukraine;Poland;Czech R; Croatia; 66 Greece/Sweden; 80 Rep I; 100 Denmark.

ENGLAND TOURNAMENT TOP SCORER…..6/1 Gerrard; Rooney; Welbeck; 13/2 Young; 7 Carroll; 9 Walcott; 10 Defoe. Others on request.

England: To win tournament without conceding a goal (not inc pen shootouts) – 200/1
Not to concede a goal in group stage games – 10/1
To start vs France …..Danny Welbeck – 4/6 Yes 11/10 No….Andy Carroll – 6/5 Yes 8/13 No…..Jermain Defoe – 3/1 Yes 2/9 No

Further information…graham sharpe…0780 3233702
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