South Africa v England 1st ODI: betting tips, prediction & odds

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Welcome to our South Africa v England betting tips, winner prediction and odds analysis for the first One-Day International at Newlands, Cape Town, which has been postponed until Monday, December 7.

The opening ODI was scheduled to be played on Friday, December 4, but the match and, indeed the three-match ODI series, was thrown into doubt when one of the South African players tested positive to COVID-19 before the match.

It will slot in on Monday, December 7, between the second ODI at Paarl on Sunday, December 6, and the tour finale on Wednesday, December 9, at Cape Town.

All players have been tested regularly, with two South Africans testing positive before the three-match T20 International series. While those players were not revealed publicly it has been widely speculated they were batsman David Miller and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, who were both due to return to the Proteas sides on Friday.

All players and coaches will be tested this weekend to ascertain whether the three-match series can go ahead.

England completed an impressive 3-0 sweep of the T20 series on Tuesday, with the three ODIs scheduled to be played within five days to finish the tour.

England are the reigning world champions in the 50-over format, while they are ranked No.1 in T20s and ODIs by the ICC.

But they were due to field a different-looking line-up for this series, with speedster Jofra Archer, superstar all-rounder Ben Stokes, rapidly emerging Sam Curran, veteran Chris Jordan and T20 man of the series Dawid Malan all given early marks from the tour, some of them after torrid IPL campaigns before arriving in South Africa.


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Paceman Mark Wood is expected to slot straight in for Archer, while England also welcome back the likes of Joe Root, Lewis Gregory, Liam Livingstone, Olly Stone, Reece Topley and Chris Woakes.

South Africa have been dealt a blow with star paceman Kagiso Rabada ruled out of the ODI series with a groin strain that also prevented him from playing in the final T20. Rabada is racing the clock to be fit for the first Test against Sri Lanka, starting on Boxing Day.

Former captain and star batsman Faf du Plessis, 36, is also being rested foe the three one-day matches after playing in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings and then also playing the three T20 Internationals.

Read on for our free South Africa v England tips ahead of their ODI clash in Cape Town on Monday, December 7.


South Africa v England 2020 T20, ODI series schedule, results

South Africa v England T20 series
First T20: Friday, November 27: South Africa 6-179 (20 overs; Faf du Plessis 58; Sam Curran 3-28) lost to England 5-183 (19.2 overs; Bairstow 86 no; George Linde 2-20, Lungi Ngidi 2-31) by five wickets in Cape Town. Man of the match: Jonny Bairstow.
Second T20: Sunday, November 29: South Africa 6-146 (20 overs; Quinton de Kock 30, Gerorge Linde 29; Adil Rashid 2-23) lost to England 6-147 (19.5 overs; Dawid Malan 55, Eoin Morgan 26no; Tabraiz Shamsi 3-19, Lungi Ngidi 2-51) by four wickets in Paarl. Man of the match: Dawid Malan.
Third T20: Tuesday, December 1: South Africa 3-191 (20 overs; Rassie van der Dussen 74no, Faf du Plessis 54no; Ben Stokes 2-26) lost to England 1-192 (17.4 overs; Dawid Malan 99no; Jos Buttler 67no; Anrich Nortje 1-37) by nine wickets in Cape Town. Man of the match: Dawid Malan.

South Africa v England one-day internationals (new schedule)
Second ODI: Sunday, December 6, Paarl.
First ODI: Friday, December 7, Cape Town.
Third ODI: Wednesday, December 9, Cape Town.


South Africa v England cricket squads

South Africa:  Quinton de Kock (c), Temba Bavuma, Junior Dala, Faf du Plessis, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Glenton Stuurman, Pite van Biljon, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne.

England: T20Is: Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood.

England: ODIs: Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.


South Africa v England 1st ODI odds

Head to head odds: South Africa $2.63, England $1.50

Man of the match betting:
$8 Quinton de Kock, Jonny Bairstow
$9 Joe Root
$10 Jason Roy
$11 Eoin Morgan
$13+ Others

Top batsman South Africa odds:
$3.50 Quinton de Kock
$4 Temba Bavuma
$5.50 Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Janneman Malan
$6.50 Jon Jon Smuts

Top batsman England odds:
$3.75 Jonny Bairstow
$4 Joe Root
$4.33 Jason Roy
$5 Eoin Morgan
$6 Liam Livingstone
$7 Jos Buttler
$10 Sam Billings

Top bowler South Africa odds:
$3.75 Lungi Ngidi
$4 Anrich Nortje
$4.50 Beuran Hendricks
$5 George Linde, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi
$5.50 Lutho Sipamla, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj

Top bowler England odds:
$4 Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes
$5 Reece Topley, Olly Stone
$5.50 Tom Curran
$6 Lewis Gregory
$6.50 Moeen Ali

* Full odds available at Betway.com.


South Africa v England betting tips

Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several Proteas v England tips for Monday’s ODI.

Temba Bavuma to make 50-plus

The diminutive batsman plays second fiddle to Quinton de Kock in the Proteas line-up but he looks far better suited back to the 50-over game where he will not need to force the pace quite as much. He has not played a lot of ODIs but averages north of 50 and showed signs of his best form with 32 in the most recent T20.

Mark Wood top wicket-taker for England

The pacy right-armer has been bursting to play on this tour and will get the chance to take out his frustrations on the South Africans here with Archer heading home. Wood can be expensive runs-wise but is always difficult to handle with his express pace.


South Africa v England prediction 7/12/2020

This is a match where we will avoid betting on England to win at the short odds, even though as world champions and after a 3-0 sweep of the T20s they should be even shorter. Quite simply, Newlands is a graveyard for England teams and the South Africans, especially the likes of de Kock, excel at the ground. England do not look as strong for this ODI series as they did for the T20s, but that is what happens when you rest players of the quality of Stokes and Archer. The weather forecast is overcast but this should be an entertaining contest. Our final South Africa v England prediction: Slight leaning towards the home team to cause a surprise.


South Africa v England lowdown

How can I watch the first South Africa v England ODI clash?

South Africa: SuperSport. England: Sky Sports Cricket. India: Sony Six, Sony ESPN. Australia: Fox Sports, KAYO.

How can I bet on the Proteas v England game?

All of the top online betting sites will offer markets on cricket.

What time does the South Africa v England game start?

The game starts at 1pm local time (11am GMT) on December 7, 2020.

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