World Cup: Quarterfinal woe for England

June has arrived and it’s time to turn our thoughts to the upcoming World Cup in Russia, now just two weeks away.

Starting with England’s group, Group G, we’ll take a look at the eight first round groups and recommend associated bets.

England qualified comfortably for Russia, and have been rewarded with a group which includes Tunisia, Panama and Belgium.

The Belgians are favourites to top the group, boasting an array of attacking talent. But there remain doubts about whether this bunch of talented individuals can gel as a team.

After an absence of 12 years, Tunisia are back in the big time after winning their African group. While Panama reached their first World Cup by finishing third in Concacaf qualifying behind Mexico and Costa Rica.

But surely England and Belgium should both qualify, with the group‘s final game deciding who comes first.

That said, we don’t think there’s value in this prognosis. Instead we’ll look further on into the tournament.

The winner of this group will face the runner up of Group H and vice versa. That group consists of Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan. We think England can beat either of the sides which emerge here, but that’s where the problems start. If England top Group G they are seeded to face Brazil in the quarterfinals, and if they come second then Germany. And that would be that, in either case! Thus, we think the 5/2 on offer that England go out at the quarterfinals stage offers good value.

Recommendation: England to go out at quarterfinals, 2 pts, at 5/2, William Hill 

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