Costa Rica are 31/10 to beat England in their match of the World Cup group stage.
Relax…Let your eyebrows return to their normal position (you’ll get wrinkles), go to the bathroom, run the cold tap, splash the soothing torrent across your features and take a look in the mirror.
Slap yourself hard across the chops.
Now have another look at the odds in the opening paragraph.
Costa Rica come into the fixture having dispatched Uruguay 3-1 and schooled Italy in successive matches.
Both proved too strong for Roy Hodgson’s charges, who are rated 4/5 to avoid the ignominy of having to run around the Group D table with their pants down with a win, while the draw is 27/10.
It would be reasonable to surmise that Los Ticos are far too long to win this, even provided with just the limited observations above.
Yet any lingering doubts about unloading both betting barrels on the fixture evaporate upon the realisation that England are fielding a significantly changed side.
The Mirror have revealed that Frank Lampard, Luke Shaw, Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley will start in Belo Horizonte, with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones also likely to make the XI.
Considering a full-strength lineup would, in all likelihood, have struggled against Costa Rica, this B-team look ripe for the plucking.
The question of motivation for the already-qualified Central Americas is a fair one, but in the wake of their victory over the Italians, Ticos’ boss Jorge Luis was quick to scotch such suggestions:
“We want to win the next match now and I must ask my players to keep calm and play just as well.”
Triumph would ensure Costa Rica avoid likely Group C victors Colombia in the second round, offering them a very realistic chance of making the quarter-finals at the very least.
Against three demoralised lions that’s more than enough belly-fire to propel them to another win.