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June 23, 2010 05:01 ET

England a Great Bet to Keep World Cup Hopes Alive

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - Six weeks ago, England were the 11/2 third favourites to win the World Cup. Hopes and expectations were high that their disciplined, decorated coach could finally guide England to a second World Cup triumph. They say that a week is a long time in politics, but, after the dreadful 0-0 draw against Algeria, the last few days must have seemed like a lifetime to Fabio Capello.

England were as poor in their 0-0 draw with Algeria as they have been since the Graham Taylor days of the early 1990s. They were outpassed by Algeria – ranked below Israel and Norway in the FIFA rankings – and failed to create any clear goalscoring chances. Now, unbelievably, England are on the brink of going home after the first round of a World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Paddy Power, the leading Irish bookmaker who offers a range of England betting odds said, "The Three Lions have now been pushed out to 10/1 to win the World Cup although England are still 11/10 favourites to win Group C. A draw against Slovenia and a win for the USA against Algeria would see England eliminated and those punters who took the 6/1 about Capello's side not making it out of the group stages will be laughing all the way to the bank."

England have been awful in South Africa. Whatever you may think of Sven-Goran Eriksson, there was never a hint of drama in qualifying for the knockout stages of major tournaments when the Swede was in charge. Capello has gone from hero to zero in a matter of a fortnight and, suddenly, everything from his methods to his tactics are being called into question.

Matthew Upson will start alongside John Terry in central defence for England, and there is a growing clamour for Joe Cole to be included in a change of system that would see captain Steven Gerrard support Wayne Rooney. Capello may also decide to replace the ineffective Aaron Lennon who has looked far from international class in South Africa.

However, we must remember that whilst the results have been disappointing, a win against Slovenia would see England into the last sixteen and keep their hopes alive. The 1966 champions are 4/9 to win in Port Elizabeth. 

And, if you choose to bet on England v Slovenia with Paddy Power, who offers a wide range of football odds, you will benefit from their superb money back guarantee. As part of their 'Bore War' promotion, if the match ends goal-less Paddy Power will refund all losing correct score, first and last goalscorer and scorecast singles. 

Paddy Power added, "It really is crunch time for England and time for Wayne Rooney to take his frustration out on the Slovenians and not the England fans. England beat Slovenia 2-1 in their last meeting 18 months ago, and it is 7/1 that we see a repeat of that result on Wednesday. It's time for the management and players to show what they are made of, and we expect England to win the match and for their involvement in the tournament to continue."

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