Cricket World Cup 2019 Preview
England host the cricket world cup this summer, ensuring what will no doubt be a summer of cricket fever as the hosts have a fantastic chance of winning the competition. The action gets underway soon, with England taking on South Africa in the first group stage game on the 30th May. Everything comes to an end after the knockout round with the final of the competition, and that will be played on the 14th July.
England are favourites to win the tournament and considering both how good they are on home soil and the fact that the tournament hosts have won the last two events, this is no surprise. That is all without mentioning that they are one of the best teams in the world, with an electric batting line up that can out score anyone on their day. They are priced up at 2/1 to win the tournament, which is short enough.
India look to be the main challengers to England, they have a fantastic team for the shorter formats of the game and they appear to be the only batting line up who could keep up with England. I’m expecting plenty of huge scores here, and India’s T20 experience will serve them well if that is the case. The Indians are available at 33/10, and solid second favourites ahead of Australia, with the remainder available at double figures.
This world cup has a different format to before, so make sure you understand what is happening before placing your bets. Instead of splitting into two, the teams involved will all play each other in one big group, with the top four all qualifying for the semi finals. The betting order is the same as the outright market, with England the favourites at 15/8, and India priced up behind them at 9/4.
Top Tournament Run Scorer & Wicket Taker
Alongside betting on teams to do well, you can also bet on players to do the same. The top run scorer and wicket taker markets are always very popular at big tournaments like this one, allowing fans to back their favourite players to do well.
England’s Jonny Bairstow is the man to side with in the top run scorer market. The powerful Yorkshireman had a fantastic IPL season, and looks in great touch right now. He is expected to be at the top of the order and can score at a very quick rate when he is in his groove. Bairstow is 9/1 in this market, and with England expected to go far, he should get plenty of chances to score big.
In the wicket taker market, Australian Mitchell Starc could offer good value at a double figure price. He has played in England before, knows the pitches well and can certainly takes wickets. Expect to see him towards the start and end of an innings, and at 16/1 he can give you a run for your money.
Cricket World Cup Predictions
- India to win the tournament @ 10/3 (Ladbrokes)
- Jonny Bairstow top run scorer @ 9/1 (888Sport)
- Mitchell Starc top wicket taker @ 16/1 (888Sport)
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