A loss for either side on Thursday night will put paid to their World Cup hopes and dreams, as England face Uruguay in a massive game in Group D. The Three Lions were surprisingly upbeat after defeat to Italy in the opening game, while Uruguay’s shock 3-1 loss to Costa Rica blew the group wide open. Ahead of the game, we dipped into Paddy Power’s book to find out whether the cash was patriotic or tainted with treachery.
Punters took a lot more positives from England’s opening game than a few of us in Paddy Tower – but we are raging pessimists so that might explain it. Still, a whopping 78 per cent of punters cash is heading England’s way and we’d say that has more to do with Uruguay’s questionable defensive and an unfit Luis Suarez than a passionate affiliation to the national side. 18 per cent of money is going on to the South Americans and just four per cent on a draw that really wouldn’t help either side’s progress.
Elsewhere in some of the other popular markets, 2-1 to England is the most popular correct score with almost a quarter of punters cash going on that result. Wins for England actually fill the top six most popular correct scores followed by the 1-1 draw. The most popular Uruguay win is 2-1, but just four per cent of the cash is on that result with more dough coming for 3-1 and 3-0 wins for Roy Hodgson’s men, among others.
In terms of a goalscorer, Wayne Rooney dominates the book despite having never scored at the World Cup finals. A massive 40 per cent of the book is on the Man United man who is likely to be in his usual number 10 position against Uruguay – a position Paul Scholes says is his best. Unsurprisingly Daniel Sturridge is also popular with almost a fifth of punters cash after carrying on his great Liverpool form in England’s opening game against Italy. Club team-mate Luis Suarez is the third most popular backed player which is about as surprising as Katie Price’s latest break-up. Two more Liverpool men, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling, make up the top five players you are keen to punt.
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