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England v Costa Rica: The 14/1 first goalscorer bet that England fans are pinning their hopes on

England fans backing Ross Barkley to get them off the mark and prevent a World Cup whitewash.

by Sean Goff | June 24, 2014

You would have been locked up if you’d suggested pre-tournament that 50/1 rags Costa Rica were going to top Group D and that England’s star-studded Premier League team would be home before the postcards.

The Three Lions have never played Costa Rica before but with nine changes to the side that lost their opening two games – manager Roy Hodgson is just 90 minutes away from becoming the only England boss to have lost all his games at a World Cup finals.

With just under an hour to kick off at Belo Horizonte we’ve been through the books to see where you’ve been putting your cash ahead of England’s last game at Brazil 2014.


Win-draw-win market

England go into the game as 4/5 favourites – but it seems the adult population of Wales, Scotland and Ireland aren’t going to let the opportunity pass to turn the knife on their miserable Brazil adventure.

Costa Rica are a much bigger loser in the book with almost three times the number of bets on them at 10/3 than their more fashionable rivals. If Hodgson’s young guns are to become the England’s future – they’ll need to gel quickly against the Ticos.

Ross Barkley

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First Goalscorer market

With the creaking Steven Gerrard (34) being replaced by a sprightly Frank Lampard (36) in midfield, the Chelsea man has been nibbled at 12/1 to mark his 106th cap with the opening goal.

Lampard skippers the side, while ‘dancing’ Daniel Sturridge plays up top on his own. The Liverpool striker is 9/2 to score first or 11/10 to score anytime but Ross Barkley has attracted plenty of cash at 14/1 to get the opening goal of the game and send on their way to their first win in the competition.

Correct Score betting

Incredible as it sounds – 9 of the Top 10 losing scores in the book all favour a Costa Rica win.

A third consecutive victory for Jorge Luis Pinto’s side by 2-1 (13/1) or 3-1 (33/1) are the most popular in Paddy’s book with England to win 3-1 the result the faithful are backing.


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