They are the hosts, the favourite and England have warmed up nicely for the Champions Trophy with a series win over South Africa so the bookies are coming down heavily in favour of Eoin Morgan’s men here.
Forget that performance in the final game at Lord’s, the opening match of the tournament should be a formality but England have come unstuck in the past against lower ranked nations so, is there any chance of an upset here?
England are at a short odds on price with all bookmakers and currently on offer at a best of 1.20 with Bet365 and Betfair. If, however, you’re taking a punt on Bangladesh, the best odds for the outsiders comes in at 4.75 with Betway.
While England have been involved in that three match series with South Africa, Bangladesh began their own preparations for this tournament in reasonable fashion, making 341 against Pakistan and while that was ultimately chased down, they can be a dangerous team if Tamim Iqbal and the top order fire. However, England have been so strong in ODI cricket since that poor showing at the 2015 World Cup forced a change of coach and it’s hard to see past the home side here.
Match Odds Summary: England 1.20 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Bangladesh 4.75 (Betway)
England have injury concerns over Ben Stokes who hasn’t looked fit in that South Africa series. He made a ton in the second game and the all rounder could have been an option here at excellent odds of 10.00 with Bet365.
Joe Root starts as favourite in England’s top batsman market at a top price of 4.00 with Bet365 while Alex Hales is slightly further back at best odds of 4.33 with Betfair. Jason Roy follows on at 4.50 with Betfair while skipper Eoin Morgan, who also made a ton against the South Africans, is at 6.00 with Bet365.
Before the top order collapse against South Africa in the third match, there were a number of players in decent form but Hales is due and is our tip for this opener.
Moving across to Bangladesh and Tamim Iqbal is the obvious favourite and, having hit a century against Pakistan in the warm up, he can be backed at best odds of 4.00 with Bet365 and Betfair. Soumya Sarkar follows at 5.50 with Bet365 while Mushfiqur Rahim can also be picked up at 5.50 with Bet365 again.
Shakib Al Hasan is the value option at 6.00 with Betfair and we may place a small stake but Hales is the overall tip from these two markets.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: England: Root 4.00 (Bet365), Hales 4.33 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Roy 4.50 (Betfair), Morgan 6.00 (Bet365), Stokes 10.00 (Bet365).
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal 4.00 (Bet365), Sarkar 5.50 (Bet365), Mushfiqur 5.50 (Bet365), Shakib 6.00 (Betfair).
Other Side Bets
The individual century bet has been very good for us in 50 over cricket but in recent times the odds have dropped below Even Money so there’s not too much value in it right now. For Thursday’s game, you can get 1.80 on any player to pass three figures but it doesn’t quite seem safe enough for us to take it.
Instead, we’ll look at the Powerplay which has England as favourites to be ahead at the end of the first six overs at 1.44 with Betfair. That’s to be expected but, if Tamim can stay in for Bangladesh they may well deliver at a top price of 2.87 with Bet365. The outsiders have to go fast from the very first ball so we’ll take a smaller wager on what is an excellent set of odds.
Highest First Six Overs Odds Summary: England 1.44 (Betfair), Bangladesh 2.87 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick).
Coming back to the result and England’s poor performance in that final ODI shows that they can be beaten but this is a much stronger side that can easily bounce back and with great depth to their batting, they will have enough to take an opening win.