Group D looks to be one of the more closely contested pools at the World Cup, but England are tipped to get amongst the goals in Brazil.
Coral may have underestimated the England's fire-power with their price of 4/6 that Roy's boys net over 3.5 goals in the group stage, while Skybet quote odds of 10/11 that the Three Lions score between 4-6 goals in the Group Stage Goals Banded market and both look like appealing bets.
Admittedly England signing off their warm-up matches with a 0-0 draw to Honduras is hardly a great advert for this tip, but Steven Gerrard and most notably Wayne Rooney were withdrawn at half-time amid fears of injury as the Honduran tackles were flying in. The game was stop start because of countless fouls and the delay because of thunder and lightning prevented any real rhythm in either sides play, so it's best not to use that game as a barometer.
England's opening game with Italy in Manaus on June 14th is widely anticipated to be a low scoring affair, largely due to the humid conditions, but there is plenty of potential for goals in the Group D games with Uruguay and Costa Rica.
Uruguay's main area of weakness is at the back having conceded 25 goals in 16 qualifying group matches and their aging first-choice centre-back Diego Lugano who has spent much of the season on the bench for West Brom could easily be exposed by the pace of Daniel Sturridge if the England striker can get in behind. Costa Rica could be out of contention by the time the sides meet in Belo Horizonte on June 24th and look ill-equipped to keep England at bay. Should the Three Lions require a big win to boost their goal difference, then expect Rooney Sturridge to fill their boots as Ticos have not kept a clean sheet in 4 competitive matches and were hammered 4-0 by Chile in their only match against a top 40 ranked team this year.
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