The West Indies were left frustrated last time out after their game against South Africa was abandoned due to rain and with the forecast in Southampton not looking good, they could be left in the same position against England in their Cricket World Cup clash. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game while we bring you the value with our selection of enhanced odds available in our FanBoosts section.
Both Sides In Decent Form
England have made a steady start to their World Cup campaign as their two convincing victories against South Africa and Bangladesh sandwiched a surprise defeat to Pakistan.
Like Pakistan, West Indies can be a handful on their day and in their two completed matches, they’ve hammered Pakistan and narrowly lost to Australia.
They were also very competitive against England in a home ODI series in February, where they draw 2-2, whilst memories of their 2016 T20 final triumph over England is also be fresh in the memory.
However, the Hampshire Bowl is generally a venue England do well at. Although many of the Windies batsman can still clear the rope at the biggest ground at the tournament, they are not as mobile or as efficient between the wickets or in the field as England, and it’s crucial to capitalise on two’s and three’s here.
Pace The Order Of The Day
After blowing away Pakistan and reducing the Aussies to 38-4, England can expect another pace barrage from the West Indies. However, the host’s issues this tournament have come against spin, something the Windies lack, so pace up-front suits them just fine.
There is little value in either Roy or Bairstow as top runscorer market, but we’d keep them onside in the Highest Opening Partnership market.
The Windies don’t have a settled opening partnership, while Chris Gayle could struggle against the pace of Jofra Archer, as he did against Mitchell Starc.
With no spin option for Jason Holder to open with, expect England’s dynamic duo to get off to a flyer and indeed, their two opening partnerships at this ground have seen them post 115 and 156, with he latter against the Windies in 2017.
England v West Indies Betting Tips
It’s difficult to know what to make of the West Indies batting line-up. Obviously, they have raw power, but they failed to fire against the quality and pace of Starc and Pat Cummins.
The classier types, Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran, looked the most comfortable against pace and on a ground where running between the wickets is crucial, preference is for more diminutive men over the power hitters.
Hope may have to deal with Archer up top, whereas Pooran comes in as high as no.4, and has impressed in his two innings so far and is over three points bigger than Hope.
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