Sri Lanka v England betting tips, prediction & odds; 1st Test preview

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Welcome to our Sri Lanka v England betting tips, prediction and odds analysis for the 1st Test at Galle from Thursday, January 14. 

This is a series of great unknowns with little Test cricket played in the region in the past year. England are coming off a successful tour of South Africa, while Sri Lanka also toured South Africa but were well beaten in two Tests. Sri Lanka suffered a string of injuries on that tour and their final line-up will not be know until just before the toss.

England have a busy schedule ahead and have lost Moeen Ali, who has contracted COVID-19, while paceman Jofra Archer and star all-rounder Ben Stokes have been rested from this series.

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In a strange twist England have been in Sri Lanka longer than the home team. England have recalled batsman Jonny Bairstow while seamer Chris Woakes is not certain to feature after just finishing his seven-day isolation.

Sri Lanka will have veteran all-rounder Angelo Mathews back in to add some stabbility to their batting order, though he is not expect to bowl in this match.

Sri Lanka v England Test series schedule

January 14-18: 1st Test, Galle International Stadium, Galle.
January 22-26: 2nd Test, Galle International Stadium, Galle.

Sri Lanka 1st Test team (possible)

Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis/Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal/Vishwa Fernando.

England 1st Test team (possible)

Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Mark Wood, James Anderson/Stuart Broad.

Continue reading for our free Sri Lanka v England tips for the 1st Test at Galle starting on Thursday. 

Sri Lanka v England 1st Test odds

Head to head odds: Sri Lanka $3.10, England $2.38, draw $3.20

Man of the match betting:
$9 Jack Leach
$10 Dimuth Karunaratne, Joe Root, Dilruwan Perera
$11 Dom Bess, Wanindu Hasaranga
$12+ others

Top run-scorer Sri Lanka 1st innings odds:
$3.75 Dimuth Karunaratne
$4.50 Kusal Perera
$5 Dinesh Chandimal, Oshada Fernando
$5.50 Kusal Mendis
$6 Angelo Mathews, Minod Bhanuka, Santhush Gunathilake

Top run-scorer England 1st innings odds:
$3.75 Joe Root
$4.50 Zak Crawley
$5 Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Sibley
$7 Dan Lawrence
$10 Jos Buttler, Ben Foakes

Top wicket-taker 1st innings Sri Lanka odds:
$2.62 Dilruwan Perera
$2.75 Wanindu Hasaranga
$3.75 Lasith Embuldeniya
$4.50 Suranga Lakmal, Asitha Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumara

Top wicket-taker 1st innings England odds:
$2.75 Jack Leach
$3.60 Dom Bess
$3.75 Mason Crane, Matt Parkinson
$4 James Anderson, Stuart Broad
$5 Mark Wood, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes

Sri Lanka v England betting tips

Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several Sri Lanka v England tips for the opening Test.

Wanindu Hasaranga man of the match at $11

The young leggie is in the early stages of his career but he should get conditions to suit here in Galle. Hasaranga was born in Galle so knows the conditions only too well and he is primed to be a big part of the regeneration of the Sri Lanka team.

No century scored in the match at $5.50

Both teams head into this match with so many unknowns and with two matches to be played at the same ground over the next 12 days or so they may have to leave a little more juice in the pitch area than they would like. We expect batting to be difficult early against the pacemen and then later on against the spinners.

Sri Lanka v England prediction 14/1/2021

The last time England toured Sri Lanka was in 2018 and the scored a 3-0 Test series win. However this is difficult assignment on what seems likely to be a spinning pitch, and the home team has a fantastic record at this ground. Draws are rare in Galle and we can sense a boilover brewing here. Our final Sri Lanka v England prediction? Sri Lanka to win the opener. 

Sri Lanka v England Test Details

How can I watch the Sri Lanka v England first Test?

Britain: Sky Sports Cricket, Main Event. India: Sony TEN 2. Australia: Fox Sports, KAYO.

How can I bet on the Sri Lanka v England game?

International readers can check out the best cricket betting sites.

What time does the Sri Lanka v England Second Test start?

The game starts at 10am local time (4.30am UK time) on January 14, 2021.

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