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Thursday 30th May 2019 to Sunday 14th July 2019

Cricket World Cup Predictions & Betting Tips

The 2019 Cricket World cup begins on May 30th and will go on through the whole of June with the final being played on July 14th. 10 teams playing a round-robin format plus semi-finals and a final means there’s a lot of Cricket to be played this summer. More importantly for us as punters there’s a lot of action to bet on and find value in the market.

I’m expecting a lot of runs to be scored during the tournament. Cardiff, Bristol, Taunton, Trent Bridge are all small grounds, faster, drier batsman friendly pitches, reduced seam balls that don’t move around as much and the vastly popular short version of the game T20 having it’s influence on the 50 over format. We’re in for a summer of fun and teams should have no problem putting up runs. However, I’m looking at a slightly different angle for my outright bets. I’m looking for a team who are good with both the ball and bat because I want a side who are able to take wickets and stem the flow of runs.

England head up the market at 2/1 with most firms and are arguably the best ODI team in the world and they’re playing on home soil. They’ve won 70% of their ODI games in the last two years, host a deep and powerful batting line up and have scored four of the five 400+ run totals including the highest and second highest team scores in ODI history. They’ve also put up over 300 runs in 36 of their last 86 matches.

However i’m not touching them as I think they’re too short given their bowling attack. They rank 5th in bowling economy rank and 4th in bowling strike rate. Jofra Archer might be the game changer they need but he’s unproven at the highest level against the best batting line ups in the world so I’m not willing to take a chance at the price. They also have a few niggling injuries to their bowling attack which could come into play after a long tournament – Mark Wood (hamstring), Rashid (shoulder) and Archer (ankle).

We have top tournament batsman predictions and top tournament bowler predictions. We will also have daily Cricket World Cup match predictions on site for every game of the tournament.

India @ 10/3

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India have a lot to like about them heading into the World Cup and they are a bigger price than the hosts England at 10/3.

They have the joint-highest winning percentage of matches since the 2015 World Cup having won 56 of 86, which includes the longest series winning streak of 9 consecutive.

India are the best batting side in the world on statistics, they host the best batting average of 42.34 since the 2015 World Cup. Their top three of Sharma, Dhawan and Kholi are the top three run scorers in ODI’s over the last two years. Virat Kholi is the top performing batsman since the 2015 World Cup and Sharma is fourth on this list showing how much experience this Indian top order has.

With the ball they have the top wicket taker in the world over the last two years in spinner Kuldeep Yadav. The fourth highest wicket taker over the same period who is also a spinner, Yuzi Chahal. The attack is balanced out with a good quick in Jasprit Bumrah who is the fourth best bowler since World Cup 2015. He is supported by Shami and Kumar.

To top this off they made the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy which was held in England so they’ll go well in these conditions. They’ll also be well supported throughout the tournament, especially at Edgbaston against England.

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New Zealand @ 9/1

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Cricket World Cup Predictions & Betting Tips

New Zealand have all the tools required to go close and are again a tournament dark horse.

With the bat they have arguably the best ODI batsman in the world right now. Ross Taylor’s averaging 68.85 since the 2015 World Cup which is second only to Kohli. The Kiwi’s also boast another batsman in the top 10 since the last World Cup, Martin Guptill. He’s averaging a shade over 50 and was the top run scorer in the 2015 World Cup so knows how to perform on the big stage. They also have strength down the order in Latham and Neesham who is a quick scoring big hitter.

Trent Boult leads the bowling attack for the Kiwi’s and he’s the leading wicket taker amongst the quicks with 107 wickets in 54 innings since the 2015 World Cup. He is supported by Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry is a solid rotation play. There is one concern about the attack that they’re over reliant on pace but at 9/1 they are worth an each way play.

New Zealand thumped India in a warm up game at the Oval just five days before the tournament so will be full of confidence.

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