FIFA World Cup 2018: England’s odds improve despite Belgium defeat
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FIFA World Cup 2018: England’s odds improve despite Belgium defeat

Belgium finished top of Group G after a 1-0 victory at Kaliningrad but a second-place finish could prove to be a blessing in disguise for England who are on the relatively easier side of the draw in the knockout stages.

football Updated: Jun 29, 2018 13:42 IST
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The loss to Belgium meant England would face a tricky Colombia side in the last 16 on Tuesday and a victory would ensure a less perilous quarter-final game against either Sweden or Switzerland.(REUTERS)

The odds on England lifting their second FIFA World Cup title have improved despite their loss against Belgium in their final group game on Thursday, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has said.

Belgium finished top of Group G after a 1-0 victory at Kaliningrad but a second-place finish could prove to be a blessing in disguise for England who are on the relatively easier side of the draw in the knockout stages.

Paddy Power boosted England to 7/1 favourites to lift the trophy for the first time since 1966 after the game, compared to the pre-match odds of 15/2.

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“England are very unEngland this tournament – even when they’re losing they’re winning under Gareth Southgate,” a Paddy Power spokesperson said in a statement.

“So, yes, the odds have actually improved after that loss ... but beating Colombia is hardly a foregone conclusion”.

The result meant England would face a tricky Colombia side in the last 16 on Tuesday and a victory would ensure a less perilous quarter-final game against either Sweden or Switzerland.

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Belgium take on Japan on Monday in the first knockout round but a win could pitch them against five-time winners Brazil, who face Mexico in the last 16.

One among Spain, Russia, Croatia and Denmark will await Gareth Southgate’s team if they progress to the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.

First Published: Jun 29, 2018 13:38 IST