England have been dropped into World Cup Group G alongside Tunisia, Panama and Belgium. The push for qualification to the knockout stages of World Cup 2018 in Russia looks to be between England and Belgium but, to have any chance of finishing as pool winners, Gareth Southgate’s side must hit the ground running.
They battle their main rivals on Thursday 28th June with a 7.00pm kick-off shown live on ITV. Before that, England face what, on paper, appears to be the easiest test of three in the round-robin – Panama on Sunday 24th June. Game 2/3 will be screened live on BBC from 1.00pm with the Three Lions nailed on favourites with bookmakers.
Punters interested in the World Cup betting will find England a short price to beat Panama but there’s plenty of value available for those looking beyond the match winner. Have your say on specials such as both teams to score, total goals, handicap, first scorer and half time/full time.
Below you’ll find a few standouts…..
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Panama will struggle to score
The sides have never met before in recorded competitive action, but Panama’s recent results suggest they’ll struggle to get anything out of the match. The Canal Men were recently beaten 1-0 by Norway in a friendly match with Josh King getting the only goal of the game inside four minutes. Such a slow start had fans fearing the worst, but Hernan Dario Gomez’s defence were able to hold firm for the remainder of the contest.
That was the second game in a row where Panama have failed to hit the net, having drawn 0-0 with Northern Ireland at the end of May. They’ve managed to grab just one goal in their last five and that stat won’t go unnoticed by followers of the form. Panama not to score appeals at 2/5, more so than the 7/4 you’ll get on them getting at least one. A bet on the latter will count regardless of the final result.
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No in both teams to score makes sense
Playing the both teams to score market may be seen as a shrewd investment on June 24th, especially for those building nicely priced accumulators. No for both teams to score would’ve been settled for a profit in each of Panama’s five before heading to Russia and in England’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica in their final warm-up. Back no on the both to score coupon and you’ll find the 4/11 available to be a very fair price indeed.
Perhaps you have complete confidence in an England victory? Why not back them to win the game without conceding a goal at 1/2? The beauty of that bet is it’ll be a winner no matter how many the Three Lions win by. 1-0, 10-0 – as long as the defence does the job asked of them.