Here are our best West Indies v England 3rd Test Match betting tips. West Indies and England players enjoy a brief rest before diving headfirst into the all-important third leg of their Test Match series. The break in play will allow both camps time to reflect on what has happened so far, with the visitors challenged with finding a way to fight their way back into contention after a disappointing opening two games.
The 3rd Test Match gets started on Saturday afternoon and UK fans can follow every bat, ball and run live on Sky Sports with an advertised 2.00pm start time. A perfect addition to the schedule, punters able to add their cricket bets to a busy day of horse racing, football and sports.
The Betting Markets
Those looking to add extra interest to the occasion can do so with a bet on the outcome and bookmakers have spent the last few days putting the finishing touches to a wide range of markets. Have your say on which side will win the 3rd Test or get your hands dirty and dig up the value that exists in the specials markets, picking your favourite from the top England batsman; top England bowler; 1st innings lead; double chance and a hundred to be scored in the match or not. There’s so much to bet on, in fact, you can even call the outcome of the toss, staking your cash on heads or tails. A perfect way to get the day off to a winning start.
Our team of cricket betting experts have run through the markets, prices and special offers before returning with their views on a 3rd Test bet worth having. Not only do we aim to keep you on the right path towards profit, but we’ve also researched the prices of all major bookmakers to ensure you get the best odds possible for your stake.
Windies Get Off to a Strong Start
West Indies got off to a strong start when claiming a 1st Test Match victory over England in a result that boosted confidence in the home dressing room while proving to the visitors the size of the task they’ll face this winter. Bookmakers had high hopes for the tourists; however, England was disappointing when slumping to a jaw-dropping 381-run defeat in a match that got underway on Wednesday 23 January. Not just a beating, but a bit of a mauling.
The final scores read West Indies 289 all out and 415-6 against England’s pitiful response of 77 all out and 246 all out. Those in the away camp couldn’t put their finger on what went wrong as they struggled to get going in the opener, making a long list of unforced errors as they were brushed aside by an opponent who looked up for the match from the start and only too happy to take full advantage of England’s toothless display.
There was no place to hide for England and captain Joe Root was forced to admit his boys played way below the level that was expected of them. He told members of the media in his post-match press chat the team were hurting but was adamant they didn’t underestimate their opponents. Signing off, he promised fans the crew would pick themselves up quickly; however, it didn’t seem quick enough as they fell to another defeat.
More of the Same
West Indies moved into a 2-0 series lead when taking the 2nd Test Match at the weekend. A tighter affair than the few days that went before it, but the result was the same. Windies took a grip of the series thanks to a 10-wicket winning margin. The scores read 306 all out and 17-0 against a modest 187 all out and 132 all out. The final result suggested a close-run contest; however, the victor was never in doubt, Windies taking their advantage and ending fully deserving of the cushion.
The beaten side was left frustrated and wondering just where they should go between now and the curtain going down on a tour that has thrown up more questions than answers. Joe Root seemed at a loss to pinpoint exactly what went wrong when standing before the press on the back of another defeat; however, he knew the result had a lot to do with a failure to make any sort of impact with the bat in hand.
The captain acknowledged you don’t win many games scoring less than 200 twice but did add something we found very interesting – the playing conditions and state of the pitch were difficult to get to grips with. That would tell us if Root wasn’t looking for excuses, then we could expect more of the same in the 3rd Test with the locals most accustomed to the challenges that await.
England Favourites for Revenge
England was expected to, at least, remain competitive in this series heading into the 3rd Test Match and many bookmakers had them picked as outright winners without too much hassle. It hasn’t worked out that way. Despite two spirit-crushing defeats, odds-makers have the tourists as favourites to bounce back and close the gap to 2-1. That caught us off-guard a little, given what we’ve seen from both camps so far, but we’re more than happy to take advantage.
What the Bookies Say
Coral bookmakers have England marked up at 8/11 to win the 3rd Test and that’s far too tight for us. They have every chance of gaining the desired result, of course; however, there’s no value in that price for us and, instead, we’ll take the hosts to slide into a 3-0 lead. It’s much easier to make a case for backing Windies for another cheer at 13/8 – top price with Coral – and that’s exactly what we plan to do. Good enough to take as a single or add to accumulators to help boost returns. The draw makes little or no appeal at 8/1 with Bet365.
Picking through the specials and we found another bet that may be worth your attention. Both teams will be eager to get off to a fast start to send out a statement to their rivals, and for that reason, we’re backing a hundred to be scored in the first innings at 4/5 with Bet365.