New Zealand v South Africa preview, player tips & predictions

New Zealand vs South AFrica betting preview

New Zealand v South Africa
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, Wednesday, June 19, 10.30am (British time)
Head to head odds: New Zealand $1.73; South Africa $2.10
Last time they met: South Africa 4-150 (32.2 overs) d New Zealand 149 (41.1 overs) in Auckland, March 4, 2017.

A quick glance at the World Cup cricket standings and you would think this match will be a stroll in the park for the Kiwis. But the World Gambling List’s cricket tipsters insist that will not be the case.

The Black Caps are sitting pretty, undefeated and in great shape to make the semi-finals, but it should be remembered the three teams they have beaten so far, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, were three of the lower-ranked teams in it, and they had a no-result against the powerful India.

On the other hand, South Africa are one win and three losses, with one no-result. But their losses have come against India and England, and the improving Bangladesh.

The Proteas have had a torrid start to the tournament but if they want to preserve any hope of advancing this is a must-win match, and as such we expect them to be desperate and scrapping for every run.

Leading British bookie William Hill has many markets available on this clash, and it’s worth checking on the day of the match to find the latest enhanced odds offering.

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This New Zealand v South Africa betting preview will run you through betting options for match 25 of 48 of the ICC World Cup 2019.

New Zealand v South Africa odds:

For full markets visit the William Hill website.

New Zealand $1.73, South Africa $2.10
Prediction: We see this NZ-SA match as pretty much a flip of the coin, so we could not back New Zealand at the $1.73. South Africa have not yet hit top form but they have a strong winning record overall in ODIs against the Kiwis.


New Zealand:
Top five in betting: Kane Williamson $3.50, Martin Guptill $4, Ross Taylor $4.50, Colin Munro $5.50, Henry Nicholls $6.

Top scorers from past five ODIs:
v India: Match abandoned
v Afghanistan: Kane Williamson 79no
v Bangladesh: Ross Taylor 82
v Sri Lanka: Martin Guptill 73no
v Bangladesh: Ross Taylor 69

South Africa:
Top five in betting: Quinton de Kock $4, Faf du Plessis $4.33, Hashim Amla $4.50, Aiden Markram $5, Rassie van der Dussen $6.

Top scorers from past five ODIs:
v Afghanistan: Quinton de Kock 68
v West Indies: Match abandoned
v India: Chris Morris 42
v Bangladesh: Faf du Plessis 62
v England: Quinton de Kock 68

Top batter prediction: The New Zealand batsmen have yet to be thoroughly tested and it will be interesting to see how the pitch plays as this is the first match at Edgbaston in this tournament. Ross Taylor has looked great so far so we will back the in-form veteran to stand up again here at $4.50. New Zealand’s opening bowlers have had great success so we will look to Rassie van der Dussen at $6 to top-score for the Proteas, coming in at No.5 or so.


New Zealand:
Top five in betting: Trent Boult $3.75, Matt Henry $4.50, Lockie Ferguson $4.50, Tim Southee $4.50, Ish Sodhi $5.

Top wicket-takers from past five ODIs:
v India: Match abandoned
v Afghanistan: Jimmy Neesham 5-31
v Bangladesh: Matt Henry 4-47
v Sri Lanka: Matt Henry 3-29, Lockie Ferguson 3-22
v Bangladesh: Tim Southee 6-65

South Africa:
Top five in betting: Kagiso Rabada $3.75, Imran Tahir $4, Lungi Ngidi $4.33, Chris Morris $5, Tabraiz Shamsi $5.

Top wicket-takers from past five ODIs:
v Afghanistan: Imran Tahir 4-29
v West Indies: Match abandoned
v India: Kagiso Rabada 2-39
v Bangladesh: Imran Tahir 2-57, Chris Morris 2-73, Andile Phehlukwayo 2-52
v England: Lungi Ngidi 3-68

Top bowler tip: New Zealand pacemen Matt Henry and particularly Lockie Ferguson have proved a real handful, but we will stick with our old favourite Trent Boult for most wickets for the Kiwis this time. He will snag a bag at some stage. For South Africa, it’s hard to argue with the 40-year-old spinner Imran Tahir. He just keeps taking wickets, while spearhead Kagiso Rabada has only battled so far.

WGL best bets: New Zealand v South Africa

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.

Ross Taylor man of the match at $11

As mentioned above, the Kiwi veteran has been in super form, since having eye surgery. In that time he is among the very elite in terms of ODI batsmen and this tournament is likely his final turn on the big stage. He is a delight to watch when going, so we are in his corner.

Most sixes New Zealand

The $1.67 for this option seems a good bet, as the NZ batting line-up is plastered with big hitters. South Africa have a couple, too, but we will back the Black Caps to come out on top in this category.

New Zealand v South Africa prediction

Two pretty evenly matched sides on a fresh wicket. The weather and the toss will obviously play a big role in the outcome, but either way it should be good viewing for the neutral. A couple of player props bets, a pizza and snacks and settle in for the evening. Good punting.

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