Betting Special: Can Rooney silence the critics?

Having seen his place in the England side come under question after drawing yet another World Cup blank, Al Hain-Cole thinks we may see a reaction against Uruguay
With question marks surrounding his position in the side after yet another underwhelming World Cup performance in the defeat to Italy, Wayne Rooney will be hoping to dispel the doubters with a strong display against Uruguay on Thursday.

Rooney Specials

Odds from bet365
To score anytime 2/1
To outscore Suarez 5/2
To score first 6/1
To score first & England to win 8/1
To be booked first 11/1
The Manchester United striker is available at 23/20 (2.15) with bet365 to lead his side to a vital victory in Sao Paulo, where La Celeste are 13/5 (3.60) outsiders and the draw is on offer at 5/2 (3.50).

Daniel Sturridge’s rise to prominence in the centre-forward role sees Rooney priced behind the Liverpool man in the goalscorer stakes at 2/1 (3.00) to grab a first ever World Cup goal and 6/1 (7.00) to open the scoring.

Nevertheless, with seven goals in his last seven and having finished as his country’s top scorer in qualification, the 28-year-old is surely worth backing to break his duck at those odds, particularly given bet365’s offer to refund all losing goalscorer bets should the match finish 0-0.

In fact, having broken the deadlock in five of the six competitive matches in which he has found the net, odds of 8/1 (9.00) seem particularly attractive on him doing so once again on the way to victory tonight.

While critical English eyes will be on Rooney, Uruguay will be pinning their hopes on returning hero Luis Suarez to provide inspiration after he was sorely missed in the abject Costa Rica defeat.

However, the England striker is available at 5/2 (3.50) to outscore his semi-fit opposite number this evening, a feat that he would surely relish against such a bitter rival at club level.

On the other hand, should frustration at being forced out to the left get the better of him in a combative match then odds of 11/1 (12.00) may also seem tempting on the occasionally short-fused striker receiving the first yellow card of the match.
Rooney to score anytime for a 1.5pt stake at 2/1 (3.00) with bet365
Rooney to score first & England to win for a 0.75pt stake at 8/1 (9.00) with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.