Australia v England predictions, World Cup cricket semi-final 2 betting preview

Australia vs England prediction - Cricket World Cup 2019 betting preview

Welcome to our ICC World Cup predictions for the second semi-final between Australia and England at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Our Cricket World Cup betting expert runs the rule over the two teams in search of some value bets.

England will go into this classic semi-final match-up against the old enemy Australia as favourites with betting site William Hill, and deservedly so, as they have rebounded from some disappointing losses to outpoint India and New Zealand in style in their past two outings.

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The Australians have been dealt several major injury blows which will force a reshuffle of their batting line-up, with No.3 batsman Usman Khawaja suffering a hamstring injury in the narrow loss to South Africa on Sunday.

All-rounder Marcus Stoinis was also hampered by a side strain and in-form spearhead Mitchell Starc, the leading wicket-taker in the series, also was not moving freely against the Proteas.

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Khawaja seems highly unlikely to be able to recover in time for the semi-final, and his loss would follow that of middle-order batsman Shaun Marsh, who suffered a broken wrist in the nets late last week when he was struck by a ball from Pat Cummins.

Marsh was replaced in the squad by Peter Handscomb, with in-form left-hander Matthew Wade likely to be called up to replace Khawaja.

One of Wade or Handscomb could well be pitched straight into the cauldron of a World Cup semi-final against England on Thursday, with Steve Smith expected to move up the order one slot to first drop.

Of course, this match takes place between the oldest of enemies and with an Ashes Test series between them starting on August 1.

This will be one of the most eagerly awaited ODI contests in years, and the team at the World Gambling List would not miss it.

The toss will be all-important as the old maxim of putting runs on the board has never been truer. All England’s three defeats in this event have come when chasing a total as have Australia’s two defeats against South Africa and India.

It pays to check leading cricket bookies William Hill on the day of the match to spot any late specials on offer. For example, your tip for top batsman could be among the enhanced odds offering.

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This Australia v England betting preview will run you through betting options for match 47 of 48 of the ICC World Cup 2019.


MATCH INFO
Australia v England
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, Thursday, July 11, 10.30am (British time)
Head to head odds: Australia $2.10; England $1.73
Last time they met: Australia 7-285 (50 overs: Aaron Finch 100, David Warner 53; Chris Woakes 2-46) d England 221 (44.4 overs: Ben Stokes 89; Jason Behrendorff 5-44, Mitchell Starc 4-43) at Lord’s, June 25, 2019.


Australia v England odds:

For full odds visit the William Hill website.


HEAD TO HEAD BETTING:

Australia $2.10, England $1.73
Prediction: We think this is a real toss of the coin, literally. We want to be on whichever team wins the toss. We think they will almost certainly bat as it would take a brave captain to send the other team in given what has unfolded in this tournament. England have played one match at Edgbaston, racking up 7-337 before restricting India to 5-306 in their vital victory. Australia have not played at the ground in this tournament.


TOP RUN-SCORER BETTING PREDICTIONS:

Australia:
Top run-scorers betting: David Warner $3.75, Aaron Finch $3.75, Steve Smith $4.33, Peter Handscomb $6, Matthew Wade $7, Glenn Maxwell $7, Alex Carey $8.

Top scorers from all World Cup 2019 matches:
v South Africa: David Warner 122
v New Zealand: Usman Khawaja 88
v England: Aaron Finch 100
v Bangladesh: David Warner 166
v Sri Lanka: Aaron Finch 153
v Pakistan: David Warner 107
v India: Steve Smith 69
v West Indies: Nathan Coulter-Nile 92
v Afghanistan: David Warner 89no

England:
Top run-scorers betting: Joe Root $3.75, Jason Roy $4, Jonny Bairstow $4, James Vince $6, Eoin Morgan $6, Jos Buttler $7, Ben Stokes $8.

Top scorers from all World Cup 2019 matches:
v New Zealand: Jonny Bairstow 106
v India: Jonny Bairstow 111
v Australia: Ben Stokes 89
v Sri Lanka: Ben Stokes 82no
v Afghanistan: Eoin Morgan 148
v West Indies: Joe Root 100no
v Bangladesh: Jason Roy 153
v Pakistan: Joe Root 107
v South Africa: Ben Stokes 89

Top batter prediction: It will be a new-look batting line-up for Australia with one of likely late-comers Peter Handscomb and Matthew Wade gaining a start, possibly at No.4. But it’s hard to go past the mentally strong David Warner, who is likely to cop plenty of jeers against the home team this time around. Warner has been at his devastating best and dismissing him will go a long way toward England winning this match. For England, openers Bairstow and Roy hold the key. If they get to free-wheeling it could be lights off for the Australian challenge. We can see any early wicket though and will back Jos Buttler at big odds of around $7 to rise to the occasion.


TOP WICKET-TAKER BETTING PREDICTION:

Australia:
Top wicket-takers betting: Mitchell Starc $3, Pat Cummins $3.75, Adam Zampa $4.50, Kane Richardson $4.50, Jason Behrendorff $4.50, Nathan Lyon $5.50, Nathan Coulter-Nile $5.50.

Top wicket-takers from all World Cup 2019 matches:
v South Africa: Mitchell Starc 2-59, Nathan Lyon 2-53
v New Zealand: Mitchell Starc 5-26
v England: Jason Behrendorff 5-44
v Bangladesh: Mitchell Starc 2-55, Marcus Stoinis 2-54, Nathan Coulter-Nile 2-58
v Sri Lanka: Mitchell Starc 4-55
v Pakistan: Pat Cummins 3-33
v India: Marcus Stoinis 2-62
v West Indies: Mitchell Starc 5-46
v Afghanistan: Pat Cummins 3-40, Adam Zampa 3-60

England:
Top wicket-takers betting: Jofra Archer $3.75, Mark Wood $4, Adil Rashid $4.50, Chris Woakes $5, Liam Plunkett $5, Tom Curran $5.

Top wicket-takers from all World Cup 2019 matches:
v New Zealand: Mark Wood 3-34
v India: Liam Plunkett 3-55
v Australia: Chris Woakes 2-46
v Sri Lanka: Jofra Archer 3-52, Mark Wood 3-40
v Afghanistan: Jofra Archer 3-52, Adil Rashid 3-66
v West Indies: Jofra Archer 3-30, Mark Wood 3-18
v Bangladesh: Jofra Archer 3-29, Ben Stokes 3-23
v Pakistan: Chris Woakes 3-71, Moeen Ali 3-50
v South Africa: Jofra Archer 3-27

Top bowler tip: There is a small cloud over Mitchell Starc but he and fellow left-arm paceman Jason Behrendorff destroyed the England line-up in their previous clash. We predict Behrendorff can do it again here, as he is a lot less exposed to the England batsmen than the other Aussie bowlers. For England, Mark Wood keeps taking wickets with his express pace. Wood knows only one way to bowl and while he can go for a few runs we expect him to take a few wickets along the way.


Best bets: Australia v England

Each of our ICC World Cup betting previews will highlight some potential wins for punters, or where our cricket tipsters think there is value to be found.

Ben Stokes man of the match at $12

Stokes has been great with bat and ball in the tournament, which gives him two chances of putting up his hand as man of the match. The all-rounder is a competitive beast and you can expect him to keep performing even in the cauldron that will be this semi-final.


Australia v England predictions

England have been the dominant team in one-day international cricket for the past few years, but the fact remains they have yet to land any significant silverware in the format. They walloped Australia in a one-day series at home last year, racking up world record scores. On the other hand Australia have won this title five times, and seemingly know how time their run. But they are hurting on the injury front and must overcome a confident English side and a rampant Barmy Army. Bring it on and good punting.

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