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Why Rooney Will Shine Against Uruguay

With Uruguay v England due to kick off in a few hours, we take a look at the best betting tips and strategies to profit from this game. Of course, with this being our first bwin World Cup Blogger’s League match, we want to make a winning start and hopefully have more luck than our fellow bloggers.

Our focus today is England, and we kick things off with Wayne Rooney.

Wayne Rooney as England’s best player

There’s a statistical argument to be made against Wayne Rooney in international tournaments. And there’s a good reason why betting on him to be top scorer in this World Cup is a risky proposition.

But there’s no denying that when he’s played in his preferred role, and when the team is built around him, he is quite often the best player in his team on the pitch and regularly has a role in creating and scoring goals.

Against Italy Rooney was deployed on the left flank but that game was one that England would have been thrilled to win and happy to draw – this time around, with the Uruguay game as a must-win, England need their best players in their best positions and Rooney is guaranteed to start in his preferred central role behind Sturridge.

Rooney is priced at 2.5 to score anytime in the game (a bit short in my view) but if you’re backing an England win, it’s 4.5 for Rooney to score and England to win.


The referee in charge of the Uruguay / England game – Carlos Velasco Carballo – averaged 5.96 yellow cards in 17 La Liga assignments last season, and with this being a crunch game for all-action sides, there’s a good chance this game will see more than 4 or 5 yellow cards.

more than 4.5 yellow cards: 2.2
more than 5.5 yellow cards: 3.5

We’re backing the conservative ‘more than 4.5 cards’ bet. If you’re feeling particularly lucky, betting on a yellow card being shown in the first 15 minutes is 4.75.

First Scorer

The two most attractive options here are Sturridge – he’s a great price at 6.00 to be first scorer as well as 5.25 to score anytime in an England win – and Suarez – At 6 and 5.75 respectively.

Either way you go, bwin’s Double and Triple Money bets are an attractive reason for betting on the first goalscorer market. Here’s how they work:

– Place a bet on the first goal-scorer. If he scores twice, bwin will double your winnings in the form of a FreeBet or
– If he scores a third goal, we will triple your winnings.

If your intuition says you know who’ll score the first goal, better put down a fiver on it just in case.

bwin World Cup Blogger’s League

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All of the odds included are sourced from and you can find more on bwin’s World Cup offering, including Double/Treble returns, here.

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