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August 27, 2010
English bookmaker likes U.S. chances

William Hill bookmakers in England have made the United States 9-4 favorites to be named hosts of the 2022 World Cup.

The English bookmakers made the Americans favorites, assuming that FIFA awards the 2018 World Cup to England.

After the U.S., Australia was listed at 7-2, followed by Japan and Qatar at 6-1 apiece, South Korea at 9-1, England at 10-1, Belgium and the Netherlands at 12-1, Russia at 12-1 and Portugal and Spain at 12-1.

William Hill made England the odds-on favorites to host the 2018 World Cup at 5-6. The English are followed by Russia at 9-4, Spain and Portugal at 9-2 and Belgium and Holland at 12-1.

The FIFA World Cup bid inspection team completed its tour of England venues this week and gave the bid a big thumb's up.

"Reaction to the bid from those who have been here on an inspection trip has hardened the view that this race is England's to lose, so we've shortened their odds from 11/10 to 5/6 favourites," Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said.

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