England Cup Odds Move After Beckham Injury
Thursday 11 April 2002
The TAB has lengthened England’s odds of winning the Soccer World Cup following superstar David Beckham’s foot injury.
The England captain is in doubt for the World Cup, which starts on May 31, after suffering a broken bone in his foot during Manchester United’s win over Deportivo La Coruna this morning. Beckham will be out for six to eight weeks.
TAB Soccer World Cup bookie Kevin Romyn has pushed England from $12 to $14 to win the World Cup as a result.
“In order to win the World Cup you need a genuine world-class playmaker and Beckham is the only one that England has got,” Romyn said.
Meanwhile, the TAB has released its odds on who will win each of the eight World Cup groups. The favourites to win each group are as follows:
Group A France $1.33
Group B Spain $1.35
Group C Brazil $1.22
Group D Portugal $1.50
Group E Germany $1.55
Group F Argentina $1.60
Group G Italy $1.40
Group H Belgium/ $2.75
Romyn said England were second favourites at $4.50 behind Argentina to win Group F: “It’s vitally important to win that group as it’s likely the runner-up will face France in the next round.”
The top eight in the TAB’s Tournament Winner book are as follows: