Five points could be enough to see England through to the Second Round from Group D and there is a case for Roy Hodgson's side making that tally to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
4 points is deemed the most likely total in Group Points betting with the top online bookmakers, but would not be enough to see England through. A bet on England notching 5 points makes more appeal at enticing odds and may just be enough to see them progress.
The Three Lions opening game against Italy in Manaus has bore-draw written all over it with hot and humid conditions likely to sap the energy out of both teams. Neither side will be taking many risks and a draw will be considered acceptable by both camps with avoiding defeat the main aim.
By the time England take to the pitch for their second Group D match in Sau Paulo, Uruguay are likely to already have three points on the board having started their tournament against Costa Rica. The Sky Blue will therefore be confident and this looks like being the pivotal game in terms of England's chances of making the Second Round. As painful as it will be to watch, avoiding defeat will again be the order of the day and if Roy Hodgson gets his tactics spot on then England should just about secure another point.
Lastly England take on Costa Rica in in Belo Horizonte on 24th june and anything but a win for Roy Hodgson's side would surely see them eliminated from the tournament. But with the greatest of respect to Costa Rica, England should have no trouble winning here.
Assuming that Italy and Uruguay also beat Costa Rica and England take their points total to five as described above then a tidy profit can be made, although making it through to the Second Round would still depend on the result of Italy v Uruguay in Natal.
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