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Sky Bet’s World Cup betting preview: England v Italy

11 June 2014

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Italy head into Saturday night’s clash as Sky Bet’s slight favourites as they look to justify their status at the head of the betting to win Group D.

In the closest to call of the eight groups, England are considered third in the betting at 2/1 to qualify in pole position, with Cesare Prandelli’s men leading the market at 13/8.

However, relatively modest expectations are placed on both nations in Brazil, with the odds standing at 25/1 for England to win the tournament outright, and Italy also 25/1 to lift the World Cup.  Hosts Brazil are favourites at 11/4, with South American neighbours Argentina close behind at 4/1.

Mario Balotelli is considered the biggest threat to Roy Hodgson’s backline at 5/1 to break the deadlock followed by Ciro Immobile, who netted a hat-trick in their final warm-up game against Fluminense, who is priced 13/2.

Wayne Rooney heads the betting on England’s side of the market at 11/2 with strike partner Daniel Sturridge slightly longer at 13/2.

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