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June 18, 2010 02:00 ET

England a Great Bet to Kick Start World Cup Campaign Against Algeria

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) - Despite an average performance and question marks about their line-up, England would have won their opening 2010 World Cup match had it not been for the mother of all howlers from goalkeeper Robert Green. In the light of some of the World Cup's other surprises, a 1-1 draw with the team ranked six places below you in the world rankings suddenly doesn't look like a bad result. And, according to Paddy Power who offers a range of World Cup 2010 Odds, the Three Lions remain 8/1 to win their second World Cup.

England have not won their opening three matches at a World Cup since 1982, and so it was no surprise to see them draw with an organised USA side. Those who took the evens on offer about England failing to win one of their Group C matches look set to be rewarded as only a win against Algeria is now good enough.

Paddy Power, the leading Irish bookmaker said, "England meet Algeria for the first time in their history and this match is, truly, the battle of the goalkeeping howlers. After Robert Green spilled Clint Dempsey's shot to gift the USA an equaliser, Algeria's Faouzi Chaouchi followed suit by allowing Robert Koren's tame shot to escape his grasp in their 1-0 defeat to Slovenia."

England have never met Algeria before, and Fabio Capello's side are short 1/4 favourites to beat the Desert Foxes. With Gareth Barry set to be recalled to the side and Jamie Carragher likely to partner John Terry in defence, Capello's only real selection headache is to decide who will partner Wayne Rooney up front.

And, if you choose to bet on England v Algeria with Paddy Power, who offers a wide range of England betting 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 is crunch time for England in Cape Town and only a win against Algeria will do. With Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard likely to be given more licence to roam forward, England are likely to adopt a more attacking approach to this game. Despite only scoring once in his last eight England internationals, this is the sort of match in which Wayne Rooney can shine and we have seen a lot of backing for the Manchester United striker to open the scoring at 3/1."

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