Cricket: England betting predictions, odds for ICC World Cup
England are at short odds with bookmakers to claim their first ICC World Cup title on home turf in about six weeks time.
And they have plenty in their favour. They are the No.1-ranked side in one-day international cricket, having revolutionised the game with a power-hitting top order that seems to treat each match like it’s a T20 game. England have made 400 the new 300 as far as par scores go.
They have not lost a home series in four years, won 57 of 86 one-day internationals and broken the world record total twice. Seven players in their squad have scored centuries, so the batting depth is certainly there.
England have a tight if not exhilarating fast medium bowling attack as well as dangerous spinners in Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, and they are sharp in the field.
They will also have raucous home support and carry the hopes of an excited nation into the tournament.
They are a crack one-day outfit and how far they go in the 2019 World Cup will depend on how they cope with these great expectations.
The WGL has analysed the 10 teams competing and predicted where they will finish in the ODI World Cup starting on May 30.
England head betting to win the 2019 ICC World Cup final , though ODI powerhouses India and Australia are hot on their heels.
Prediction: Where England will finish in the 2019 World Cup
WGL prediction: Champions. The No.1 team in the world, playing on tailor-made home wickets, with rabid crowd support. Add a few top-notch batsmen in peak form and throw in rising star paceman Jofra Archer and anything short of reaching the semi-finals is a rank failure in our books. But we don’t expect that to happen, especially with the new format of each team playing all the others expected to ensure the cream rises to the top.
England’s World Cup draw
May 30: England v South Africa, The Oval, London
June 3: England v Pakistan, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
June 8: England v Bangladesh, Cardiff Wales Stadium
June 14: England v Windies, Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
June 18: England v Afghanistan, Old Trafford, Manchester
June 21: England v Sri Lanka, Headingley, Leeds
June 25: England v Australia, Lord’s, London
June 30: England v India, Edgbaston, Birmingham
July 3: England v New Zealand, The Riverside, Chester-le-Street
England squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup
Coach: Trevor Bayliss
Eoin Morgan (captain)
Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper)
Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper)
Leading wicket-taker predictions for England
England have put a lot of faith in Barbados-born seamer Jofra Archer, who came into the squad late but has been a star in T20 tournaments around the world. He is seriously quick, can hit his yorker and is primed to announce himself on the world stage. He could have played for the West Indies but luckily for England he elected to wait and play for them. He is at $15 with William Hill to top the tournament wicket takers and at $3.75 to be England’s leading wicket-taker, despite having played only three ODIs. Leggie Adil Rashid ($15 and $3.50) is also likely to get among the wickets but we will go with the exciting Archer
Leading run-scorer tips for England
The betting on who will be the leading run-scorer for England is tight and we think it is a market to avoid. It could be any one of Joe Root ($3.25), Jos Buttler ($6), Jonny Bairstow ($3.25) or Jason Roy ($5) or even Eoin Morgan ($6.50) and we would not be surprised. And if they top England’s batting there is no reason they can’t be top scorer overall. So if you fancy any of these players to do well over the next six weeks there is value to be found. Root ($13), Buttler ($26), Roy ($13) and Bairstow ($10) are all well in contention to the tournament’s leading run-scorer.
England prediction – Can they end the misery?
England have never won a major 50-over title and were humiliated at the 2015 World Cup, falling in the group stages and even suffering a defeat against then minnows Bangladesh. But they have been transformed by selecting a string of short-form specialists and proved close to unstoppable ever since. The shellacking they handed an admittedly under-strength Australian team in a 5-0 series win last year was phenomenal. The pressure on them will be immense and it is important they make a bright start in their opening game against South Africa. Our cricket experts at the World Gambling List reckon this is their time. Barmy army rejoice!
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