England punters favouring stalement

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Despite riding their luck and failing to convince at times, England defied expectations to finish on top of Group D and their reward is the avoidance of defending champions in the quarter final, where they will instead face Italy.

The teams are evenly matched according to bookmakers and a few firms are struggling to separate the two, Boylesports pricing both at 9/5 to come out on top in normal time. Paddy Power however, make Roy Hodgson’s boys 15/8 outsiders and, with little between the pair in the odds, neutrals are expected to flock towards Stan James’ 9/4 for scores to be level after 90 minutes.

William Hill’s 6/1 for it to finish goalless is set to attract cash and, with the stalemate in mind, England supporters seeking insurance for potential heartbreak can tackle Skybet’s 10/1 for the Three Lions to suffer disappointment in a penalty shootout.

Also at 10/1, this time via BetVictor, is success for Hodgson’s troops from the spot but another gritty, dogged performance could see the Three Lions sneak it in normal time.

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