World Cup Daily Briefing: England second favourites to win World Cup

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Gareth Southgate now has quite a fanbase.
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Dan Fitch examines the World Cup market movers and points you in the direction of all the best semi-final tips...

"England’s clinical victory over Sweden saw them through to their first tournament semi-final since 1996. We’d like to say that plenty has changed since then, but with the Tories in crisis, Three Lions looking set to top the singles charts and a nation rooting for a very nice man named Gareth, it all seems eerily familiar."

England are [3.75] to win the World Cup.

Today's game - Tuesday 10th July

World Cup semi-final
France [2.54] v Belgium [3.2]; The Draw [3.3]
Kick off 19:00, Live on BBC One

Two of Europe's strongest sides packed with attacking talent meet as France take on Belgium for a place in the World Cup final, with the winner likely to be the favourite to win the tournament.

"He has two goals from four starts, hit the post against Japan, was sensational against Brazil and takes spot-kicks."

Read Dave Tindall's France v Belgium preview and betting tips here.

England watch

If the nation couldn't quite believe that this England team could win the World Cup, they do now. England's clinical victory over Sweden saw them through to their first tournament semi-final since 1996. We'd like to say that plenty has changed since those days, but with the Tories in crisis, Three Lions looking set to top the singles charts and a nation rooting for a very nice man named Gareth, it all seems eerily familiar.

Back then England lost on penalties against Germany, when a very young Gareth Southgate bravely stepped up to take a penalty and missed. Now a redemption plot has been mapped out that feels like it has been crafted by a top Hollywood screenwriter. England have already won a penalty shootout in this tournament and Southgate's team has the chance to go one better than the boys of '96 and win a semi-final.

England are rated as the [1.68] favourites to do just that. To keep you busy until tomorrow night's match against Croatia, our roving reporter Ralph Ellis has taken a look back at the lessons of England's 1966 semi-final win over Portugal, while Rio Ferdinand has given his verdict on the chances of England winning the World Cup. Is it really coming home?

Stat of the day

Belgium won 4-3 the last time they met France, in a friendly in Paris in 2015.

You can back both France and Belgium to score at [1.89].

Who will win the World Cup?

France are the [3.05] favourites to win the tournament and as they've got a tough semi-final opponent in Belgium, they can be expected to be pretty strong favourites should they progress tonight.

England are the narrow second favourites at [3.75], ahead of Belgium at [3.85], who would become the favourites to win the tournament if they can get past France. Meanwhile, perennial dark horses Croatia are lurking in the background at [6.6].

Which group will prove strongest?

The Winning Group market requires punters to predict which of the qualifying groups will provide the tournament with it's winner. So far the favourite is Group G at [1.87], from which both Belgium and England emerged. It's a bet that give you two chances at victory and one that could also pay out early should Belgium and England both reach the final and play each other for the second time.

Who will be the top scorer?

Harry Kane is now just [1.22] to win the Golden Boot, but there is still value to be found in the Top Goalscorer - Top Four market. Currently those top four spots are held by Kane (six goals), Denis Cheryshev (four goals), Romelu Lukaku (four) and Cristiano Ronaldo (four), yet of that quartet, only Kane and Lukaku remain in the tournament.

That gives hope to the likes of Antoine Griezmann at [2.58] and his French teammate Kylian Mbappe at [2.7], who both have three goals and could play two more games. Eden Hazard has two tournament goals and is another option at [8.0].

Who will win the Golden Ball?

Not content with bringing home the Golden Boot, Kane is also the favourite to win the Golden Ball award for the World Cup's best player at [4.8]. His main rivals are Mbappe at [5.0] and Hazard at [5.5], with Luka Modric the fourth favourite at [8.0].

What other sport is on today?

With the World Cup schedule having become more forgiving of late, you may have found yourself more able to do things that you just haven't had time for over the past few weeks. Such as talking to members of your family or watching Wimbledon.

With the tennis now getting serious as we enter the second week of the tournament, our crack team of experts are on hand to bring you all the best Wimbledon betting advice and tips.

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