South Africa v England cricket predictions, tips & odds update, 2nd Test
South Africa and England face off in the second cricket Test in Cape Town starting on Friday, January 3, after the home team’s 107-run victory in the first Test at Centurion.
Our South Africa v England betting preview will run you through the latest selection news, plus highlight our best bets and tips for the second Test.
The opening Test was superb for the team at the World Gambling List as we successfully tipped South Africa to win at $2.25 and also wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock to be man of the match at $15!
But now we turn our attention to cosmopolitan Cape Town, where the Proteas have an outstanding record and have not lost to any team other than Australia since 1957!
England have earned draws at their past two visits to this ground, including four years ago when it was a run feast and Ben Stokes cashed in with 258 before he was run out and Jonny Bairstow made an unbeaten 150. The pair put on just shy of 400 for the sixth wicket! Mind you, South Africa match England’s first innings of 6-629 declared with 7-627 declared so the draw was never really in doubt.
But back to the 2020 clash at Newlands and we think England have a great chance to break through at the ground. Yes, they were soundly beaten in the opening Test but it should not be forgotten that the tourists had a mystery bug run through their camp in the lead-up to the match and they should be a lot healthier squad this time around.
Changes for second South-Africa Test
South Africa will likely use Pieter Malan, a stalwart for Cape Town in domestic cricket, as the replacement for opener Aiden Markram, who suffered a fractured left ring finger while fielding on the second day of the first Test and bravely played out the match. Markram requires surgery and is out of the rest of the four-match series.
It will be a belated debut for 30-year-old Malan, who has scored more than 10,000 first-class runs at an average of 45 with 32 centuries.
England will be tempted to include a spinner in the Cape Town Test and it could well be Somerset’s Dom Bess sneaking ahead of Jack Leach, who has been probably the worst affected by the virus.
The short back-up between matches is not ideal for England, who finished 2019 with four wins, two draws and six losses in their 12 Tests for the calendar year.
Continue reading for our South Africa v England predictions and odds update for the second Test of the four-Test series in South Africa.
South Africa v England odds
Head to head odds: South Africa $2, draw $7.50, England $2.25.
Man of the match:
$9 Kagiso Rabada (SA)
$10 Ben Stokes (Eng), Vernon Philander (SA)
$11 James Anderson (Eng), Joe Root (Eng)
$13 Dean Elgar (SA), Faf du Plessis (SA), Jofra Archer (SA), Quinton de Kock (SA), Stuart Broad (SA)
$17 Anrich Nortje (SA), Chris Woakes (SA), Jos Buttler (SA), Ollie Pope (Eng), Rassie van Dussen
(SA), Rory Burns (Eng), Sam Curran (Eng)
$21 Dane Paterson (SA), Dwaine Pretorius (SA), Joe Denly (Eng), Jonny Bairstow (Eng), Pieter Malan (SA), Zak Crawley
(Eng), Zubayr Hamza (SA)
$26 Andile Phehlukwayo (SA), Dominic Sibley (Eng), Jack Leach (Eng), Keshav Maharaj (SA), Temba Bavuma (SA)
For plenty more markets and special offers we recommend wagering with a South Africa-licensed bookmaker if you are betting from South Africa. Punters in England have a vast array of options from which to choose.
South Africa v England best bets
As always when we preview cricket matches, we provide a few best bets, and the Cape Town clash should be a cracker between two teams trying to rebuild their fortunes.
The draw at $7.50
While neither of these teams has shown a great propensity for batting long periods, much will depend on how the pitch comes up. We think there is little between the two teams as far as talent goes, and think the pitch will be a little easier going for the batsmen than was the case at Centurion. The draw seems a little over the odds.
Keshav Maharaj leading wicket-taker for South Africa
We will try a small wager on the left-armer in both the first and second innings. In early markets he is around $7 for the first innings. He did not get much of a chance in the first innings at Centurion as England collapsed against the pacemen but was more than useful in the second dig when he captured 2-37 from 16 overs. Newlands is far more likely to suit his style of bowling.
Ben Stokes man of the match at $10
Stokes is now England’s pre-eminent player and if the tourists are to level the series, Stokes is likely to have a big impact. The all-rounder played under duress in the first match but you know he can turn a match with bat or ball or even in the field. Plus he scored a double ton at his latest outing at this ground so it will hold good memories for him.
South Africa v England prediction
We think England will be much more competitive in this clash and there will be precious little between the teams here with just one individual effort needed to make the difference. The toss will be crucial but we would be happy to back England in the draw no bet market at around $2.
How to bet on South Africa v England
South Africa v England betting is available at all leading online betting sites, with cricket a mainstay at bookmaker sites. In England, William Hill offers many match specials and is competitive with all prices. South African are likewise spoiled for choice though legally must bet with bookmakers licensed in their home country.
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