England’s progress through the 21015 Womens’ World Cup in Canada has been anything but one dimensional.
Mark Sampson’s troops were outplayed by France, impressive and error prone in equal measure against Mexico and Colombia, nowhere for 60 minutes against Norway, switched on party poppers against the hosts and desperately unlucky against the reigning champions Japan.
Yet one bet has rewarded punters in every single one of their varied displays.
It’s not the 2-1 England scoreline, a wager that delivered the goods on no fewer than four occasions, nor is it over 2.5 goals, which would have seen backers trouser the dough in five of the Lionesses’ six matches.
Instead backing their matches to be won by a single goal would have delivered the loot on each and every occasion they played.
Against Germany the bwin layers go 33/20 about this trend striking for the seventh successive time, while the tournament form of Silvia Neid’s outfit suggests that previously mentioned punts both stand a great chance of landing for good measure.
Having struck no fewer than 20 goals in Canada, they have enough firepower to land the overs alone if they see fit and beat England 3-0 at Wembley as recently as last November.
Yet their knockout stage results also suggest their defence is somewhat less formidable, with no clean sheet across the round of 16, quarter-final or semi-final to speak of.
Over 2.5 goals is available at 13/20 with bwin, while a 2-1 England win is a 15/1 shot that reflects Sampson’s charges’ status as 19/4 outsiders for the competition’s bronze medal.
Germany, two-time winners, are heavy favourites at 11/20 to claim the consolation prize within the 90 minutes.