The second match in England’s World Cup campaign takes place on Monday morning when the team look to build on the effort of Thursday. The host nation opened the show against South Africa at the Kia Oval in London and now take themselves to Nottingham’s Trent Bridge where they’ll face-off against Pakistan. This is a match that will tell followers much of what to expect from both teams in this summer’s tournament. Here are our top England v Pakistan betting tips.
England and Pakistan were rated amongst the leaders of the outright antepost betting list and both went into the World Cup with high hopes of getting their hands on the title. The locals were favourite to end on the top step with every major bookmaker and they certainly have the class to do just that with the backing of a home support, but they’ll get nothing for free here. There are no easy matches at this level of cricket and that’s why the 2019 World Cup promises to be the most competitive yet.
Big Win Boosts England’s Confidence
That’s great news for fans and punters who can look ahead to some mouth-watering matches. Sky Sports screen this tussle live from 10.30am GMT and you can spice up your viewing thanks to major bookmakers who have laid on dozens of exciting markets. Have your say on the match winner, highest first 15 overs, top England batsman, top England bowler, the man to score most runs for Pakistan and the visitor to take most wickets. There’s something for everyone and many of the most popular options remain live throughout the afternoon thanks to in-play betting. Watch the match live on TV and bet using your desktop or mobile app.
England put the finishing touches to what was a weather-affected warm-up campaign with a morale-boosting win over Afghanistan last Monday. They didn’t need to be at their best to do so and there certainly looked to be plenty more to come from the team, but it was about getting the win and going into the competition with confidence in the ranks. Very few had Afghanistan picked to upset the odds and those who did never looked like securing a return on their investment. The final score read England 161-1 (17.3) against Afghanistan’s 160 all out (38.4).
Jason Roy Lead by Example
There wasn’t an awful lot to take from the match other than the win England were after, but it was encouraging to see the team ease to the desired result. A match where they did as expected, but the team must be given credit for getting the result as any wobble or off-day would have seriously knocked their confidence going into Thursday’s match. It was a bit of a thrashing for the beaten side and Jason Roy lead by example, scoring 89 not out to push his side across the line. A mismatch would be a generous way of putting it and we’re not sure what Afghanistan took from the day.
Speaking to the waiting press at the conclusion of that match, man of the moment Jason Roy said he felt good and was itching for the World Cup to get underway. He thought the preparations had been spot-on from his team and the team want to continue their form all the way through the summer. England supporters will be encouraged by his optimism and it’s obvious the squad share his excitement for the matches to come.
Captain Eoin Morgan said his team were ruthless against a dangerous Afghanistan who were capable of giving them a hard time. He credited his boys from going on the attack straight from the off and stamping out any confidence that existed in their opponents ranks before it could grow into something serious. The captain reserved special praise for Roy who he thought was enjoying his cricket and hitting form at the right time, which is important for the team.
Crushing Win Over Pakistan Last Time
England and Pakistan last crossed paths as recently as 19 May this year when playing out an interesting One Day International series. England grabbed the series win by a score of 4-0 with one game abandoned and that whitewash gives us an idea of what we can expect here. It was achieved without too much fuss, but three of the four matches played were tight, with margins of 12 runs, six wickets, three wickets. The spare was an emphatic 54-run for England in that match on 19 May and everyone connected to the home dressing room would like to see something similar here.
The 54-run margin was the standout performance of the series, but we take more interest in a three wickets wins that secured England the series win two days before. The reason for that is Jason Roy was again star of the show when scoring a century to help his team recover from an early set-back. He played free-flowing cricket that day despite being under pressure and we expect him to come out and pick up where he left off on Monday. He’ll be eager to get at Pakistan again and is more than capable of notching another century.
Hosts Enjoy the Backing of Bookies
Encouraged by what they saw when these nations last met, bookmakers wasted no time throwing their full support behind England and have them priced as nailed-on favourites to collect the win. This will be a tough afternoon’s work and England must remain focussed if they are to get the job done but they should come out of it with the desired result and they should be it by putting a decent score up on the board in the process.
Punters eager to support England on Monday will find them priced no better than the 33/100 offered by Unibet. That’s market best price. Pakistan are 23/10 with the same firm which catches the eye, but we won’t be risking our cash on the away win. England to score the highest first 15 overs offers a shot at a better price.