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England World Cup odds: 5/1 for more penalty pain

| 11.04.2022

Gareth Southgate’s men now know who they will be up against in the group stage at Qatar 2022 and we’re taking a look at the various England World Cup odds that Ladbrokes have available.

We have already reviewed the World Cup winner odds, with England 6/1 third favourites to win the tournament for a second time, but now we take a more in-depth look at the task facing them.

England World Cup fixtures

England v Iran (November 21)

England will kick off Group B on the tournament’s opening day against Iran, a side they have never faced in a senior competitive international, and are 2/7 to make a winning start in the England v Iran odds.

Iran have made five World Cup appearances. In their last outing in Russia four years ago they won one match, drew one and lost the other as they finished third in a group containing Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

They have never managed to get through the group stage. Iran are managed by Croatian Dragan Skocic.

England v USA (November 25)

The United States secured their spot in Qatar after claiming the final automatic CONCACAF qualifying place ahead of Costa Rica on goal difference.

This will be the country’s 11th World Cup – with their best showing at the inaugural tournament in 1930 when they reached the semi-finals.

England have twice met the United States at the World Cup. In 1950, they suffered a shock 1-0 group-stage defeat and the Three Lions were held to a 1-1 draw in their opening fixture in 2010 after a howler by goalkeeper Rob Green.

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The US failed to qualify for Russia 2018 and have won only two matches in their last three World Cup appearances. Gregg Berhalter, who had a brief playing spell with Crystal Palace at the turn of the century, has been the country’s head coach since 2018.

England v Scotland/Ukraine/Wales (November 29)

England could face British opposition for the first time at a World Cup in their final group match.

Wales are through to the play-off final, courtesy of Gareth Bale’s brilliant double in a 2-1 win against Austria, but Scotland and Ukraine are yet to play their semi-final clash following Russia’s invasion.

Scotland have not been at a World Cup since 1998 but Steve Clarke’s men played out a goalless draw against England at Wembley in the group stage of Euro 2020 last June.

Wales, whose last World Cup appearance came in 1958, lost 2-1 to England in the group stage at Euro 2016 but recovered to reach the semi-finals. Rob Page is the man looking to lead the Dragons through the play-offs to Qatar.

Ukraine, currently coached by Oleksandr Petrakov, last appeared at the 2006 World Cup where they lost to eventual winners Italy in the quarter-finals.

Group B betting and next opponents

England were one of the top seeds in the World Cup draw and are understandably 4/11 favourites to win Group B.

They are just 1/14 to qualify, with the top two teams in each group going through to the knockout stage.

The USA are the second favourites in the Group B odds at 5/1 while the play-off winners are 6/1 and Iran the 12/1 outsiders.

If they make it to the last-16 stage, England cannot face one of the other countries ranked in the world’s top seven at that point so they will take on hosts Qatar, the Netherlands, Senegal or Ecuador.

If England win their group, they will meet the runners-up from Group A on December 4 while finishing second would see the Three Lions play the Group A winners on December 3.

Looking further down the line at a possible route to the final, France or Argentina are their most likely opponents in the quarter-finals.

England World Cup odds

Betting is available on which stage England’s World Cup hopes will be ended if they fail to go all the way for the first time since 1966.

A quarter-final exit leads the way at 12/5 and defeat in the round of 16 is a similar price at 5/2.

England lost in the World Cup semi-final four years ago and are 9/2 to suffer the same fate again while defeat in the final, just as they experienced at Euro 2020, can be backed at 7/1.

The draw looks to be a kind one for England but pessimistic punters can tip them to be eliminated in the group stage at 7/1.

England lost on penalties in the final of Euro 2020 and it is a familiar failure for the Three Lions.

Shoot-out defeats have been a regular occurrence for England, most famously at Italia 90 and Euro 96, and another loss by that method is available at 5/1 in the England World Cup odds.

On a more positive note, another of the England World Cup betting specials is 66/1 for Southgate’s side to win the World Cup, Harry Kane to be the top scorer and hosts Qatar to qualify from their group.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Andrew McDermott