iBet: Townsend Great Value To Play A Part In England’s World Cup Bid
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Back Andros Townsend to play at the World Cup for England at 8/11 and back him to start the first game at 13/5
This is a knock out bet in my view, and rather than backing whether Townsend will go to the World Cup you seem to be backing on whether he will pick up an injury in the meantime. Of course he could, but few have impressed so much in their first two games for England.
He wasn’t first choice a couple of games ago, but it’s hard to leave him out of the first team now. And also helping us here is that England have nothing to lose in Brazil. They have done well to qualify and no one is expecting much when they get there. There is so little pressure on them that the manager can play attractively and allow the forward players to express themselves without worrying too much about brickbats from the press.
The most important thing about this tournament for England is blooding young players with the future in mind (which might ironically mean they do better than expected) – and with that kind of philosophy Townsend (if not injured) has a 4/5 chance of starting the first game in my view, so 13/5 with Paddy Power is a bet if you are happy to tie your money up.
England are as short as 11/4 with William Hill to be eliminated from the world cup in the group stages. Hills have them at 9/4 to fall at the second round stage, but if you fancy them to get through to the quarter finals you can get 10/3 with SkyBet. Eternal optimists can secure 10/1 with the same firm if they think Roy Hodgson’s men will go out at the semi final stage and 16/1 if they lose in the final. It’s 22/1 that they lift the world cup with Brazil the 10/3 favourites, Argentina and Germany 5/1, Spain 6/1 and seeded Belgium at 14/1. England are un-seeded which means they could feasibly draw a ‘group of death’ including Brazil, Ivory Coast and Japan, or strike lucky and get Switzerland, Iran and Burkina Faso.
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