Cricket World Cup: England vs New Zealand Bet Preview


Cricket World Cup: England vs New Zealand

Venue: Riverside Ground, Durham.
Wednesday 3rd July 2019

BetXChange Odds:

Match Winner:

England – 0.44

New Zealand – 1.75

The final game of the World Cup group stages for both England and New Zealand has become a must win game for both sides. Both Eoin Morgan’s England and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand sit in the top 4 at the time of writing but with Pakistan looming behind them both in the table, they are all too aware of the magnitude of the game. England bounced back from back to back defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia with an impressive display against India whilst New Zealand have lost their last two games in the competition – to Pakistan and Australia and will be keen to bounce back here. The equation couldn’t be simpler for both sides, with the winner assured to qualify for the semi-finals whilst the loser will see their fate at this year’s World Cup taken out of their hands.

Match Preview

England went into the World Cup as the strong favourites having blown away all before them in recent years in one day cricket – particularly at home. However, they suffered defeats to Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia and looked low on confidence before a magnificent batting performance against India last time out gave them a much needed victory. The return of Jason Roy from injury looks to have given England a boost along with the added pace the likes of Jofra Archer and Liam Plunkett can provide their bowling unit.

The Kiwis looked to be cruising to knockout stage qualification following their opening 6 games which saw 5 wins and one abandoned fixture leaving them top of the table. Under par batting performances against Pakistan and then Australia however have left them in 3rd place in the table – needing a result from this game to make absolutely sure of their progress. Kane Williamson continues to be the principal run threat for New Zealand whilst the all-round performances of Jimmy Neesham with both bat and ball have been integral to their solid showing at the World Cup thus far.

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Betting Tips

Total Runs in the Match – Over 540.5 – 0.70

Both sides have plenty of top quality batsmen and their disposal and England’s policy of piling on the runs from the outset has held them in good stead so far in this World Cup.

England Top Batsman in the match: Joe Root – 2.75

England’s test captain Joe Root has been a model of consistency throughout this World Cup and the Yorkshireman will be eager to contribute on the big stage once more for his country.

England Top Bowler in the match: Jofra Archer – 2.50

Jofra Archer has been a revelation for England since being introduced to their World Cup squad and his extra pace and aggression has been difficult for opposition batsmen to deal with.

New Zealand Top Batsman in the match: Kane Williamson – 1.75

New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson is very much their talisman with the bat and with the likes of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro yet to hit their straps at the top of the order, the pressure is higher than ever on Williamson.

New Zealand Top Bowler in the match: Lockie Ferguson- 3.30

Paceman Lockie Ferguson has enjoyed a real breakthrough competition at the World Cup and he has excelled in English conditions and he will be targeting the likes of Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali with the short ball.

Match Prediction

This is a must win game for both sides in the respective contexts of their World Cup campaigns. New Zealand will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing result to Australia last time out they will fancy their chances of troubling England but Eoin Morgan’s men are playing for a nation that expects and with home support backing them, England should just prevail here at 0.44 with

Top Betting Tip:

England to win the match and Joe Root to be England’s top batsman – 4.40


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