It’s the match we all wanted to see as fans of the sport, but the feeling was it would come a little latter in the ICC Cricket World Cup. On Thursday afternoon sports fans can sit back and enjoy a match involving the hosts and the holders as bitter rivals England and Australia face-off at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Here are our top Australia v England betting tips.
The coin toss is expected at 10.30am and armchair fans can keep pace thanks to the live coverage offered by Sky Sports. This is one you really won’t want to miss and those who can’t make it along to the stadium to join a capacity crowd and aren’t able to catch the live TV coverage because of work will be sure to view the highlights shown later that evening. If this match lives up to expectations there will certainly be no shortage of talking points, that’s for sure.
Hosts v Holders
This fixture really couldn’t get any more tense and at the end of play we will lose one of the competition favourites. The winner of this game may even go on to win the World Cup outright, although it’s possible we’ll get such a gruelling battle that both sides will finish out on their feet. A match for cricket lovers but there will also be attention from casual followers of the sport, eager to see who comes out on top in one of the most famous sporting rivalries.
England or Australia? Hosts or holders? Bookmakers have reacted to the widespread interest in this World Cup match by offering a thrilling list of betting markets. Punters can ramp up their interest in the game by placing their stake money on a number of interesting outcomes, such as match winner, top batsman, top bowler and a century to be scored or not. There’s not much better than live international cricket between England and Australia unless, of course, you have a winning bet on the result. That’s what we aim to help you achieve here.
Get your money down on the winner before a ball has been bowled in anger or wait until you get a feel for how both teams are setting up. Many of the best pre-match markets are kept live throughout the course of the game thanks to in-play betting. You can join the party at any stage, with markets and odds updated to keep pace with the contest. A bet is as exciting going into the final ball as it was before the coin toss.
England Favourites in a Tight Game
England go into this game as hot favourites with the bookies and that may come as a surprise to followers of the form. The home team have looked sublime at times during this competition, but they have also played terribly at other stages, blowing hot and cold. Backing them to beat Australia is no mean feat at the best of times, that sketchy form makes it even more difficult for punters to nail down an interest.
There’s no doubt that if England play to the best of their abilities they will win this fixture and go on to win their first World Cup. If they have an off day, however, Australia will make mincemeat of their chances in front of a sell out arena. To bet on England you’re also betting on them to bring their A Game. On the flip side of that argument, if Australia are at their peak, they will win this match and send out a message to the watching world – they are back in business. If they show any sort of weakness they will be beaten and won’t be allowed to forget it for years to come.
If both sides are at their best, as we expect them to be, this will be a real 50/50, pick-em contest and that will encourage punters to take a punt on the bigger price. In such a close match there’s no joy to be had in backing an odds-on shot. The current betting has England at 8/11 with William Hill – 4/6 with most other firms – or there’s an eye-catching 6/5 with Ladbrokes on Australia securing the bragging rights. It’s tough to go against either side in this match but it is easy to like the quote given on an away win.
Morgan Wants Consistency
This will be the second game involving these sides at this year’s World Cup after the pair clashed in the group stage on 25 June. In a thrilling contest it was Australia who came out on top thanks to a 64-run margin. The scoreboard that day read England 221 all out against the 285-7 of their opponents. England are out for revenge and that will ensure there’s a real edge to this game.
That result proved how far Australia have come on in the last year, having lost 5-0 to the same opponent on the back of the ball-tampering scandal. There was no mauling this year, however, and when speaking to the press at the end of the match Aaron Finch reminded fans his team didn’t win the tournament by beating England but they did reach the semi-finals and that was the first part of their journey ticked off. He took pride in the way his team kept finding wickets under pressuire.
Opposite number Eoin Morgan assured followers England weren’t feeling the pressure of being betting favourites and took confidence from the fact his team were in charge of their own destiny. Morgan did ask his players to give him the consistency needed to get back on track and go all the way to a place in the history books.