More cricket predictions on the horizon – our South Africa v Pakistan betting tips. South Africa and Pakistan renew rivalries at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday 11 January in what will be the 3rd and final Test Match of the series between the rivals. With a competitive encounter expected, this looks a fantastic way to get your weekend of sport started.
UK fans can follow every toss, swing and catch live from 8.00am; as well as an exciting few days of international cricket, bookmakers also lay out a spread of betting markets, designed to help add a bit more spice to the occasion.
We love live sport of all descriptions but there’s no doubt it’s always more enjoyable with a bet at nice odds resting on the outcome. That hasn’t gone unnoticed by traders, of course, and the money men have reacted.
Have your say on the winner of the 3rd Test Match or dive a bit deeper and call the top South African batsman; top South African bowler; which player will score most runs for the tourists and who will rank as the most successful bowler representing Pakistan.
We Do the Leg Work
Bookmakers have South Africa chalked up as red-hot favourites to continue their dominance of this series with another win; however, the hosts already have the job done and that’s sure to send a few punters out in search of the value with a capable Pakistan side carrying attractive odds.
Our team of sports betting experts have run the rule over the final series and report back with our views on the shrewd bets to have and how best to target profit going into the weekend. We’ve trawled the most popular markets and promotions to uncover the betting gems and have also done the work on your behalf to find the bookies offering top value on our selections.
Sports betting is difficult enough without taking less of a price; however, that’s something you won’t be in danger of doing if keeping this site close by when making your bets. Let’s look at how the previous outings in this series have gone with the intention of picking up a few clues.
A Strong Start
South Africa were backed by most to get off to a winning start in this series when the coin went up for the 1st Test on 26 December and the locals lived up to expectations; they claimed a hard-fought six wickets win, scoring 223 all out and 151-4 against the 190 all out and 181 all out of their opponents.
The bare result suggests a tight match that could’ve gone either way; however, South Africa always looked the side most likely to nail down the desired result and, in the end, had no trouble getting across the line. Fans were in high spirits on the back of that and punters struggled to find any value on SA doubling up to win the series outright at the earliest opportunity. Taking the 1st Test Match in a three-game series is vitally important, and it proved to be the case again.
Done and Dusted
South Africa did what bookies, and most viewers, expected them to do when bagging the 2nd Test Match and winning the series at a canter. They showed their class and quality from the start to make a mockery of what, going in, was billed as a lively pairing that could go either way. Not even close. SA won each of the first two, almost without breaking a sweat, and sent out a message of intent to the watching world ahead of what will be an important year for both the team and sport of cricket.
The Proteas crossed the line thanks to a nine wickets win, scoring 431 and 43-1 to eclipse Pakistan who offered a weak 177 and 294. Again, it was never in doubt and home fans watched on as their team blasted to victory in Cape Town thanks to a stunning round of bowling. The victors were so good with the ball in hand they needed a measly 41 runs when returning to seal the deal and that, of course, came without fuss. Other than losing Theunis de Bruyn for four and Hashim Amla retiring for two, it went as smoothly as expected.
The only downside of the result for South Africa, and a point of interest for punters when making their 3rd Test Match bets, is that Du Plessis will miss the final match after picking up a suspension handed down by the Cricket Council following South Africa’s slow over-rate during that 2nd Test cheer.
A poor mistake to make; however, home fans will have no problem looking beyond that to concentrate on the victory and two strong performances. Will we see the third to complete a confidence-boosting whitewash against a decent opponent?
Bookies Expect the Whitewash
Bookmakers certainly think so and wasted no time throwing the full weight of their support behind another home win that would complete the 3-0 scoreline, a perfect way to start the year. Punters who have been following this series will also be eager to trust the locals with their stake money but if backing South Africa they’ll find no better than William Hill’s 2/5 available.
That’s tight, of course; however, there’s enough there to merit a place in your weekend accumulators and it’s actually a touch of value when comparing it to the 1/3 or 3/10 you’ll get with most other firms. We suggest backing SA at 2/5 in your multiples.
After a bigger price? There has been little from the weather to suggest a draw could be on the cards here, but some may see the value in having a flutter for interest stakes at 7/1 (Bet365). We’ve also seen nothing from Pakistan to suggest they’re good enough to save face and travel home with a respectable 2-1 series defeat. Their price is nice enough at 9/2 – best odds Bet365 – but there’s not enough there to tempt us. Taking the 11/4 (888sport) on Dale Steyn being top home bowler makes more sense.