As we reach round two of the group games for 2017’s ICC Champions Trophy the results so far have all gone with form. The closest any side came to causing an upset involved New Zealand whose attempts to overcome Australia were thwarted by the weather.
Kane Williamson’s men were in a strong position before that match was finally abandoned but the performance should give the Kiwis hope of overturning expectations as they face England in Cardiff on Tuesday.
England are obvious favourites following an emphatic opening win over Bangladesh but Eoin Morgan’s men will look a little short for some at odds of 1.44 with Bet365 and Betfair. The hosts’ batsmen were barely tested although the visitors did post a decent total and, with an extra 20 or 30 runs, a side such as New Zealand with a better bowling attack could have a chance.
The Kiwis, priced at 2.88 with Betway, will need Kane Williamson to stay in form after his 100 against the Australians. To stand any chance, they will need a big total – perhaps approaching 350 – and while Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor can provide support, Williamson is the key wicket.
We feel that England can snare the opposition skipper early and take this game, although they are a little too short to attract a big wager here.
Match Odds Summary: England 1.44 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), New Zealand 2.88 (Betway).
England will have some concerns over the form of Jason Roy and may be looking to bring Jonny Bairstow into the line up. There are no issues with Joe Root however, and after his unbeaten 133 against Bangladesh, England’s test skipper remains favourite to top score for his side at best odds of 4.33 with Bet365.
Alex Hales made 95 in that game and starts at 4.50 with Bet365 while Eoin Morgan also made runs and can be backed at 5.50 with Bet365 again. Roy is quoted at 5.00 with Bet365 and Bairstow at 9.00 with Bet365 but you would certainly want to check team news before making a bet.
Root would be our preference but our batting tip comes from the New Zealand camp. Kane Williamson starts as favourite at 3.50 with Bet365 but the man that interests us is Martin Guptill at 3.75 with Bet365 again. Guptill hasn’t been in the best of form of late but has a good record in major tournaments and also in England where he made back to back ODI hundreds in 2013.
Other options include Ross Taylor and Luke Ronchi at 5.00 with Bet365 while the power hitting of Corey Anderson could give some value at an excellent price of 10.00 – also with Bet365.
Top Batsmen Odds Summary: England: Root 4.33 (Bet365), Hales 4.50 (Bet365), Roy 5.00 (Bet365), Morgan 5.50 (Bet365), Bairstow 9.00 (Bet365).
New Zealand: Williamson 3.50 (Bet365), Guptill 3.75 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Taylor 5.00 (Bet365), Ronchi 5.00 (Bet365), Anderson 10.00 (Bet365).
Other Side Bets
Cardiff, out of the three grounds being used in the tournament, is the one that should provide the most assistance to the spinners and that may influence team selection. But, it was the New Zealand seam bowlers that did the most damage against the Aussies with Adam Milne taking 2-9 in a brief spell.
Milne is on offer at a tempting best price of 5.50 with Bet365 to return best figures for his side on Tuesday but our tip here is Trent Boult whose line of attack and seam movement could prove to be the biggest threat to England’s in form batters. Boult is on offer at best odds of 4.00 with Bet365.
New Zealand Top Bowler Odds Summary: Boult 4.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Southee 4.50 (Bet365). Patel 5.00 (Bet365), Santner 5.00 (Bet365), Milne 5.50 (Bet365).
Both teams have strong batting units so, it could take one key bowling spell to swing this game. New Zealand should probably be shorter than their 2.88 win price but, we’re looking to England’s attack to take key wickets and, if they can get Kane Williamson cheaply, their task will be that much easier.