Just under one in seven 'bet 365 Tournament Predictor' players believe England will go all the way and make history in Qatar this winter.
The bet365 tournament predictor saw over a million customers predict the outcome of the World Cup finals, with just under 15% of players backing Gareth Southgate’s England side to go all the way in Qatar.
The Three Lions’ announced themselves on the global stage in scintillating fashion on Monday, notching up six goals en-route to a demolition job over Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium.
The triumph represented England’s biggest ever victory in their first outing at a major international tournament, and, coupled with Argentina’s shock defeat against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, propelled them into second place (7/1) in the ‘To Win Outright’ market.
The loss for Lionel Scaloni’s much-fancied side saw their odds of capturing the World Cup trophy swell to 8/1, from 11/2, with Lionel Messi and co leaving themselves with little room for error if they are to avoid the embarrassment of a group stage elimination (11/8).
Whilst there will be a number of players maybe wishing they had shown a tad more trust in Southgate and his side, the vast majority will be hugely enthused by England’s victorious start to their World Cup campaign.
93.5% of tournament predictor entrants thought the Three Lions would go on to top their group (1/7), and given the nature of such an eye-catching showing in Doha, it’s going to require an almighty turnaround for either Iran (125/1), Wales (9/1) or the United States (6/1) to dislodge them from the summit of Group B.
Just 2% of players foresee England being dumped out of the competition at the first hurdle (18/1), with 4.8% believing the side will succumb to elimination in the round of 16 (21/20), where one of Netherlands, Ecuador or Senegal are likely to await.
Over half of UK entrants, almost 54%, reckon England will kick their final ball of this year’s competition in the quarter finals (21/20), just over 13% foresee a run to the last four (4/1), and almost 11% have predicted a heart-breaking defeat in the showpiece final (7/1).
If you are amongst the 15% of players believing the Three Lions possess the credentials to land a second World Cup title, then they can be backed to do so at 7/1 – with just Brazil favoured more heavily at 3/1.