Saturday, June 10, 2006

England 1 - Paraguay 0... setback for England

How to interpret England's 1-0 victory against Paraguay? On the one hand it was a win. On the other hand, it was only just a win, a poor performance marred by defensive tactics and bad subsititutions that allowed the Paraguay into the game. This might have revealed England's deeper weaknesses. One guide is betting markets, like Betfair. Its market in an England World Cup win showed deterioration in the market's view of England's chances in the period after the game (see chart), meaning the money says it was a setback.

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