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Antony Heath 7th Feb 2013 - 12:52

Centre backs the only question marks for England?

After England outplayed current World Cup favourites, the main question raised was who will fill the centre back roles when the Three Lions roll into Brazil and William Hill currently think that Gary Cahill and Phil Jones lead the race. Cahill is 4/11 to start England's first match in Brazil, while Jones is 5/4 although they are closely followed by Phil Jagielka at 7/4 and Joleon Lescott at 5/2.

The absence of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry has opened the door for a number of players to stake a claim, although Britain's biggest bookmaker is offering odds of 12/1 and 16/1 respectively that Ferdinand and Terry start England's first match of the World Cup.

Following Frank Lampard's winner against Brazil, England and Chelsea fans have been singing the praise of the midfield maestro and it appears that Chelsea may be on the verge of offering him a new deal. He is 8/11 now to be at Chelsea on the first day of next season (in from 13/8 on Wednesday night).

One of the games of the weekend sees the rejuvenated Newcastle taking on Spurs and William Hill offer 6/1 that it is the highest scoring match of the weekend and 5/4 that the first goal of the game is scored by one of Newcastle's French contingent.

 

Who will start the first England game of the 2014 World Cup:

Gary Cahill: 4/11 yes; 2/1 no

Phil Jones: 5/4 yes; 4/7 no

Phil Jagielka: 7/4 yes; 2/5 no

Joleon Lescott: 5/2 yes; 2/7 no

Steven Caulker: 3/1 yes; 2/9 no

Chris Smalling: 11/4 yes; 1/4 no

Ryan Shawcross: 6/1 yes; 1/12 no

Rio Ferdinand: 12/1 yes; 1/50 no

John Terry: 16/1 yes; 1/100 no

 

Frank Lampard to be at Chelsea on the first day of next season: 8/11 yes; 1/1 no

Frank Lampard to be in England's World Cup 2014 squad: 2/5 yes; 7/4 no

 

William Hill weekend specials:

Highest scoring match:

4/1         Chelsea/Wigan

11/2       Manchester United/Everton

6/1         Tottenham/Newcastle

7/1         Liverpool/West Brom

7/1         Southampton/Manchester City

10/1       Sunderland/Arsenal

11/1       Aston Villa/West Ham

11/1       Norwich/Fulham

11/1       Stoke/Reading

11/1       Swansea/QPR

 

Highest scoring team: 4/1 Chelsea; 6/1 Liverpool; 15/2 Manchester City; 15/2 Manchester United; 10/1 Tottenham; 14/1 Arsenal; 16/1 Stoke; 16/1 Swansea; 18/1 Norwich; 22/1 West Ham; 25/1 Aston Villa; 25/1 Everton; 28/1 Fulham; 33/1 Newcastle; 33/1 QPR; 33/1 Reading; 33/1 Sunderland; 40/1 West Brom; 50/1 Southampton; 50/1 Wigan

Fastest scoring team: 9/1 Chelsea; 10/1 Liverpool; 10/1 Manchester United; 12/1 Arsenal; 12/1 Manchester City; 12/1 Swansea; 12/1 Tottenham; 14/1 Aston Vila; 14/1 Norwich; 14/1 Stoke; 14/1 West Ham; 16/1 Everton; 16/1 Fulham; 18/1 Newcastle; 18/1 QPR; 18/1 Reading; 18/1 Sunderland; 22/1 West Brom; 25/1 Southampton; 33/1 Wigan

Hat Trick scored: 7/2 yes; 1/6 no

Total red cards: 15/8 three or more; 9/4 one; 9/4 two; 4/1 none

 

 
 
 

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