Football By Joe Crilly

Bookies Braced For £20m+ Patriotic Punt On Monday

Following England’s victory over Wales on Thursday, they are not only on the cusp of qualifying for the knockout stages of the European Championships but are just 3/10 to win Group B according to William Hill.


With England’s next match taking place on Monday, William Hill are once again bracing themselves for a bumper day of patriotic punting. Upwards of £20m is set to be wagered on their match against Slovakia – a match for which the Three Lions are 3/4 for victory.


“In the build up to the England/Wales game, we took around 3,500 bets per minute and we can expect similar numbers ahead of the Slovakia game,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.


The biggest bet William Hill currently have on England is a £50,000 wager from a punter in Kent who backed the side before the tournament at 9/1. Should England win the Euros, the gutsy guy will net £500,000.


Should England win the Euros, the bookmaking industry could lose £50m.


“They Industry lost £10m when Leicester bagged the Premier League title but that figure would be dwarfed if England were to win the Euros,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.


Group B winner: 3/10 England; 7/2 Wales; 7/1 Slovakia


To qualify from Group B: 1/500 England; 1/5 Wales; 4/11 Slovakia; 11/8 Russia


90 minutes:

5/1 Slovakia; 3/4 England; 9/4 draw