Late England Surge in 2018 FIFA World Cup Bid

Published December 2, 2010 by OCR Editor

Late England Surge in 2018 FIFA World Cup Bid

William Hill records late surge for England, but Russia remains favorite.

Bookmakers have recorded a late surge for England in betting on who will win the rights to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, just hours before the vote.

After initially drifting to as long as 3/1 with William Hill, the UK bookmaker has now slashed England's odds to 13/8, putting it just behind Russia at 8/11. The Portugal/Spain joint bid is 9/2, followed by Netherlands/Belgium, 40/1.

Prince William Lobbies England

According to William Hill, punters have been lining up to put money on England following an impressive presentation to the selection committee featuring such well-known Englishmen as Prime Minister David Cameron, the recently-engaged Prince William, and national team star David Beckham.

Betting on the Year 2018

To further tempt punters, the bookmaker is offering odds that Cameron will still be prime minister when the 2018 World Cup kicks off, and is paying 25/1 on England to both host and win the 2018 tournament, as it did when it last hosted back in 1966.

And World Cup 2022 Too

In a historic event beginning around 3 PM GMT, the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup will also be selected. The latest odds see Qatar, 4/6, lead Australia and the USA, both 5/2, Japan, 33/1 and South Korea, 40/1.

See also

FIFA World Cup Preview

Women’s World Cup Round of 16: England vs Norway

2018 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals Preview, Prediction, and Odds

William Hill Rides Success of World Cup

New World Cup Games at 888


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