After yet another impressive performance in the Everton midfield against Arsenal today, Ross Barkley has been trimmed in to a best price of 2/1 with William Hill to make Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad for Brazil next year.
Obviously, Arsenal are generally regarded as the best footballing team in the country. They have a plethora of gifted midfielders who are all comfortable with the ball, and who usually out pass the opposition while having the majority of the possession.
With this in mind, I don’t think too many observers expected Everton to out pass Arsenal and have the majority of the possession today, but that’s exactly what happened. Usually when a team gets a result at the Emirates, it’s a back to the wall defensive job, but not today.
One of the main reasons for these stats was the form of Ross Barkley. Barkley was at the sharp end of most of Everton’s good work in today’s live Sky Sports match, in which the the Everton midfield totally outplayed Arsenal’s at times.
In an era when England are crying out for footballers who can retain the ball, Barkley is starting to emerge as a leading candidate. He is starting to demand a place on the plane to Rio.
I imagine that Roy Hodgson already has most of his squad pencilled in, but Barkley is really starting to make a case for his inclusion. Apart from skipper Steven Gerrard, out of the attacking midfielders I can’t see anybody who could generally be regarded as a shoe in for the squad.
Pre injury, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a certainty, but he is now out to 5/2. While Tom Cleverley is surprisingly short at 1/2 with Hills…. so why not Barkley?
2014 World Cup Betting
After Friday’s draw, England have been cut in the outright winner betting, and are now out to 33/1 with most layers.
England’s so called ‘group of death’ draw seen an immediate drift in the betting. Not surprisingly Brazil are still heavy favourites, they are currently 3/1 to 100/30.