Football fans in Leeds have been bitten by the betting bug as World Cup fever continues to sweep the city.
Leeds-based Sky Bet has already taken four times as many flutters on the action in Brazil as it did when the tournament was last held in 2010.
Sky Bet managing director Richard Flint said: “With the World Cup continuing and Royal Ascot starting, it’s a huge week for betting and we expect to take up to 60 bets per second at peak times.”
William Hill, meanwhile, said betting at its branches in Leeds had increased “considerably” since the World Cup began last Thursday.
A spokesman told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “With Ascot starting as well we are expecting a couple of really busy days.”
England’s defeat in their World Cup opener against Italy doesn’t seem to have lessened optimism among local punters about the team’s chances.
Latest figures show that 77 per cent of bets placed with William Hill in Leeds on tomorrow’s crunch clash with Uruguay have been for a Three Lions win.
Daniel Sturridge is the favourite with the firm’s Leeds customers to score the first goal, followed by Raheem Sterling.
The result most widely tipped with Hills in Leeds for tomorrow’s match is a 2-1 win for England.
As reported in yesterday’s YEP, thousands of fans are expected to flock to a screening of the Uruguay game in Millennium Square.
Council bosses are urging supporters to arrive early for the 8pm kick-off game, with a specially-created viewing arena’s gates opening at 4.45pm.