England’s 2014 World Cup campaign never really got started, with Roy Hodgson’s men set for another Group D defeat
It all started so brightly for England as they served it up to Italy in Manaus, although they were picked off twice by the Azzurri in their World Cup opener and the same thing happened when they faced Luis Suarez and Uruguay.
Roy Hodgson is clearly hurting after these two defeats effectively ended the team’s participation in the World Cup, although the manager will make several changes for Tuesday’s clash against Costa Rica and it’s a surprise to see them at odds-on for this game.
Maybe one bookmaker will offer even money ahead of kick-off, although for now the best price you can get is 17/20 with bet365 bookmaker that England sign off in style and leave supporters wondering what might have been.
This isn’t a bad England squad. Indeed, they could easily have emerged from the two matches with four points, with Frank Lampard set to lead out the team for what could be his final appearance in a Three Lions shirt.
Other changes are expected, with Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere looking set to start in midfield, while Luke Shaw will deputise for Leighton Baines at left-back. Perhaps a shake-up could be a good thing.
However, it beggars belief that Costa Rica can be a 7/2 chance to beat England, with BetVictor offering a generous price that seems to fail taking into account the fact that the former have beaten Uruguay and Italy already.
It means the CONCACAF side don’t need anything from this game to qualify but they will want to keep the momentum going ahead of the last sixteen stage where they could end up facing the Ivory Coast.
Joel Campbell is a player that Arsenal fans should enjoy seeing next term and he’s a 9/1 chance to score first. It’s worth repeating that there has been nothing fluky about Costa Rica’s two victories thus far and they can beat a third World Cup winner on Tuesday evening.
Costa Rica to win @ 7/2 with BetVictor