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4 June 2014

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England roll into Miami tonight for the first of two World Cup warm-up matches against Ecuador at the Sun Life Stadium and it is certain to be a keenly fought clash.

Sky Bet, the Albion's official bookmaking partners, have installed Roy Hodgson's side as their 5/6 odds-on favourites, with Ecuador 10/3 and the Draw 5/2. I think that overall they have this about right and there is no real value there - although if they drift then anything greater than Evens about England would be worth a shout.

Ecuador are 125/1 mark to win the World Cup, five times the odds quoted for England, so it would be something of an upset were they to prevail, but sometimes these warm-up games can spring a surprise, particularly if the favourites take things easy in the latter stages.

For that reason the 16/1 on offer for England/Draw in the half-time/full-time category is the first bet that offers some appeal. 
In the goalscorer markets, Frank Lampard is best priced at 10/1 having been backed from 12/1. He always gives you a run for your money, either in first or last goalscoring categories.

Finally, it is a little bit pessimistic but have a small wager on no goalscorer at 8/1.  It offers the same price as 0-0 but with the added benefit that own goals do not count.  Ecuador could enter the game with a defensive mindset that England could find hard to break down and it pays to have some insurance in this respect.

Good luck and happy punting!

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