World Cup odds: England slashed to 5/1 second favourites after draw

Expecting a flurry of betting activity from now until kick-off on June 11th, 2009, bookmakers have reacted quickly to Friday’s World Cup draw in South Africa by slashing England’s odds to 5/1, narrowly behind the 4/1 favourites Spain.

After been drawn in the Group of Death, Brazil have been pushed back to 11/2, while their fellow group opponents Portugal and Ivory Coast can still be backed at 25/1 and 28/1 respectively.

Staying with the bookies favourites, Diego Maradona’s Argentina are 9/1 to win the Jules Rimet trophy, while value can be found with the European quartet of Italy (11/1), France (11/1), Germany (12/1) and Holland (14/1).

At the complete other end of the spectrum, New Zealand are the second-to-last biggest outsiders are a whopping 1000/1 while scraping the bottom of the barrel are the likely Group of Death whipping boys, North Korea, who are a massive 2000/1 to win the World Cup.

(Full World Cup odds here.)

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Now that England know who’ll they’ll be facing at the 2010 World Cup – namely the United States, Algeria and Slovenia – a host of new markets have been opened by the bookies.

Kicking things off we have the market on who’ll be England’s top goalscorer in South Africa. It is no surprise to see Wayne Rooney priced as the 9/4 front-runner, while filling out the top four favourites are Frank Lampard (4/1), Jermain Defoe (5/1) and Steven Gerrard (5/1).

Looking to get a little more value for your money, England hat-trick hero Theo Walcott is tastily priced at 12/1 while Peter Crouch, known for scoring a bucketload of England goals against so-called lessor opposition, could prove to be the money bet at 14/1.

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Several other markets are also available for England fans.

With a price of 13/8 you can back the the Three Lions to win all their Group C matches, while pessimists out their could be tempted by sizable 6/1 odds that England will fail to exit their group.

David Beckham is priced at 10/1 to score against the United States, while lastly you can get 11/10 odds of an Englishman being sent off at the World Cup.


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