|England||-227.27 at Bet365||Place Bet|
|South Africa||+175 at Bet365||Place Bet|
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup kicks off this Thursday with a blockbuster bout between England and South Africa.
The hosts are outright favourites for the title, with Bovada installing them at +200 ahead of India (+300) and Australia (+350).
That situation is reflected in the match betting for the tournament opener, where Eoin Morgan’s men are paying -227.27 to salute.
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For once, South Africa head into a major limited-overs event without any expectations.
The Proteas are accustomed to crashing out after starting among the favourites, but this time they share a modest +900 quote with New Zealand in the outright betting.
The South Africans will head to The Oval without star quick Dale Steyn, who is still some way short of full fitness.
England vs South Africa top runscorer tips
Jason Roy – +333 at Bovada
Consistency has not always been Roy’s forte, but he comes in as one of the form batsmen after scores of 87, 76, 144, 32 and 89 not out in his last five hits. He will bat at the top and is very hard to stop once he gets going.
Quinton de Kock – +333 at Bovada
If you squint a little and imagine him in a yellow kit, South Africa’s star keeper-bat bears more than a passing resemblance to the great Adam Gilchrist. His explosive hitting is the key to the Proteas’ title chances.
England vs South Africa top bowler betting
Jofra Archer – +300 at Bovada
Now eligible for England after several years on the county scene, Archer might even come into the reckoning for Ashes selection if he impresses in the World Cup. He is fast, he is tricky and he loves a contest.
Imran Tahir – +275 at Bovada
Is this guy the most underrated spinner in the world? Tahir is a wonderful limited-overs bowler who frustrates batsmen with well-directed top spinners and then lures them out with juicy leg breaks and googlies.
England vs South Africa World Cup predictions
The Brits have had a hiccough or two on the run into the World Cup, including a loss to Australia in the warm-up games, but they look like a team that can go all the way.
Their crop of allrounders is hard to beat, as Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes are all capable of winning a game with bat or ball.
South Africa have outstanding fast bowlers and some world-class bats of their own, but it feels like they are missing one or two big names compared to the squads of previous years.
Man for man, England should have enough firepower to ensure a winning start on home soil.
England to win – -227.27 at Bovada
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