England and Australia renew rivalries when meeting in the second test match of the Ashes series at Lord’s. Play gets started on Wednesday 14 August with the coin toss expected at 11.00am GMT. Those who can’t make it along to the London venue can keep pace with play live on Sky Sports. Here are our top Ashes 2nd Test Match betting tips.
A Closer Look
Australia upset the odds to with the Ashes 1st Test Match at the end of a marathon five days. Will we see more of the same in the second outing? The locals certainly hope not, and pressure is mounting on England to make drastic improvements to their game and narrow the gap between themselves and their bitter rivals. 1-1 would make things competitive again, although 2-0 to the Aussies would sink England in front of their own support.
England Fight Back?
The surprising thing about the betting for the 2nd Test is bookmakers don’t appear to have learned their lesson from the opening five days of August. England remain well supported, although the market is much tighter than it was last time. Those looking to pick the winner will find Australia chalked up at 5/4 – best price with Bet365. That quote is better than the 6/5 generally available. Fancy England to fire back? There’s an eye-catching 13/10 top price at Bet365, better than the 5/4 you’d get elsewhere. Can’t part them? The draw is as big as 5/1 in places, a result that would suit the tourists more than their hosts.
We saw nothing in the first test that would suggest England are likely to improve enough to beat an Australian side on fire. For the hosts to win they’d need to double their efforts and for their opponents to have a few days off. That’s highly unlikely.