Wednesday afternoon sees England take on what will be a vital ICC Cricket World Cup match when facing New Zealand at the Emirates Riverside in Chester-le-Street. The stands will be packed by an expectant crowd, there will be thousands more watching the live coverage on Sky Sports. It’s now on the players to deliver a big performance. Here are our top England v New Zealand betting tips.
The coin toss is expected at 10.30am with the match played to a conclusion in the afternoon. We’ve had our fair share of wet weather in England this summer, but things are improving, and the forecast predicts we should have perfect conditions for a match of this importance. It’s one we’re really looking forward to.
Crammed with Betting Markets
This match will keep viewers perched on the edge of their seats throughout play and bookmakers have put together a thrilling book crammed with exciting betting markets. Have your say on the match winner or play one of the many specials, such as highest opening partnership, first 15 overs, top England batsman, top England bowler, and plenty more besides.
Many of the most popular options remain live throughout the course of the game thanks to in-play betting. The prices and handicap lines are updated to match the flow of the play. This means you can keep your powder dry until it becomes obvious how both teams are setting up and the mood in the camps, or you can follow the play closely and look to profit from any patterns you notice. A financial interest is now as exiting in the final few minutes as it was before the start.
Our team of sports betting experts and cricket lovers preview the match that has everyone talking. We run through the form of both teams in the hope of uncovering a clue as to how this match will go. We also advise which firms are offering the best odds on the markets that matter, which is vitally important to punters serious about making a profit from the World Cup.
Best and Worst of England
We’ve seen the best of England during this World Cup and we’ve also seen the worst of them. The hosts started like a house of fire, living up to the expectations of bookmakers who had them chalked up as favourites in the outright market. Everything was going well on the field of play and we even saw fans believing this could be the year England ended their wait for world dominance. That belief was tested to the max when the team suffered a recent wobble, their form dipping significantly.
The team beat the competition’s whipping boys Afghanistan at a canter, and everything looked rosy in the garden, but it quickly turned sour. They were beaten by Sri Lanka next time out, dropping a 20 runs score before falling flat vs bitter rivals Australia next time out, losing by a whopping 64 runs on 25 June. The wheels looked like they were about to come off for England, while Australia were shaping like a team who had put their recent troubles behind them and were ready to defend their crown. The pressure was on as England faced unbeaten India, knowing a hat-trick of defeats would dump them out of the World Cup running.
Thankfully for the home support the team were able to rally and played some of the best cricket we have seen from them in recent times when beating India by 31 runs in a jaw-dropping display of batting. It was a real team effort and one that came exactly at the right time. Not only did England keep their World Cup hopes alive, they showed they have the stomach for a fight when up against it. India went into that match flying but were overpowered by an opponent who simply wouldn’t accept defeat.
Players Believing Again
The players are believing again, and Liam Plunkett told the sporting media recently if his team play to the best of their abilities, they will win the trophy outright. That’s a bold call but it’s difficult to argue against on the back of that sensational showing vs India. Australia will have something to say about that and will believe they have already made their intentions clear with that resounding win over England recently. The holders are back, and they mean business.
Punters will find a competitive market has been attached to this fixture, but bookmakers are putting their faith in the locals. Another important England win has been marked up as a 4/9 jolly with Bet365. That’s market best price, with some firms offering 2/5 on the same outcome. What about the upset? New Zealand have already shown they can’t be taken lightly this summer but those backing the underdogs will get a healthy 7/4 when taking advantage of the generosity shown by traders at William Hill.
Prefer to avoid the unpredictability of picking a winner in this match? There are plenty of specials available that should give you a decent interest for most of the afternoon. Who will make the best start in this game? The highest first 15 overs betting has England priced at 8/11 with Bet365 and that’s our best bet of the match. The reason we are so keen on that one is most other firms are closer to the 8/15 mark and that’s quite a difference. Back enough 8/15 shots at 8/11 and you’ll make yourself a tidy profit over the course of a year. Ladbrokes are sending out market best price on New Zealand in the same market, offering backers an eye-catching 6/4. Enjoy the show, it promises to be a cracker.