Football By Joe Crilly

England Are World Cup Third Favourites For First Time Since 1990

England’s defeat to Belgium brought an eventful World Cup group stages to an end.


Despite the defeat, William Hill have cut England’s odds of winning the tournament from 15/2 to 7/1 and for the first time since 1990, they are third favourites to lift the trophy – albeit joint third favourites with Belgium.


“For all the talk of ‘momentum’ and ‘try to win every game possible’, a defeat for England has seen their odds of winning the World Cup cut while Belgium’s have drifted and for the first time since 1990, England are third favourites to win the World Cup,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. “It really could be coming home.”


Brazil head the betting at 7/2 with Spain 4/1.


One of the main talking points of the World Cup so far has been VAR and the bookies have had to change their prices on the back of the number of penalties being awarded.


“When the World Cup started, we were pretty much 4/1 for a penalty to be awarded in each game,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. “Now, that price has more than halved to less than 2/1.”


World Cup winner: 7/2 Brazil; 4/1 Spain; 7/1 Belgium; 7/1 England; 9/1 France; 11/1 Croatia; 14/1 Argentina; 22/1 Colombia; 22/1 Uruguay; 25/1 Portugal; 40/1 Switzerland; 50/1 Russia; 50/1 Sweden; 66/1 Mexico; 80/1 Denmark; 200/1 Japan


England vs Colombia:


90 minutes: 27/10 Colombia; 11/10 England; 11/5 draw


To qualify: 6/4 Colombia; 1/2 England