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England v South Africa Betting Tips: Can England make the perfect start?

Daniel Anwar | 29 May 2019

Odds and preview for 2019 Cricket World Cup opener

After all the build-up, the 2019 Cricket World Cup is finally upon us, with co-hosts England taking on South Africa in the opening match.

England are the pre-tournament 7/4 favourites and ranked number one in the world, but can they deliver against a strong Proteas side?

Before it gets underway, we’ve got the pre-match odds and info…

Head-to-Head

South Africa just edge the ODI head-to-head record, with 29 wins to England’s 26. These sides have also played out one draw in the one-day format.

The most recent series between these nations saw England run out 2-1 winners in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. England sealed the series after winning the first two matches, but a batting collapse in the third allowed the visitors to pick up a consolation win.

Match Odds

England are a fearsome prospect on home soil. They’ve won 15 of their last 16 ODIs in England and each of the last four at The Oval. Our traders fancy them to do the business again here as 4/9 favourites.

With so much expectation on the hosts, not much has been made of South Africa’s chances heading into this one. And that could play into their hands. They’re 7/4 to win here, and you can’t count out a side with so much quality.

Players to Watch

Imran Tahir

File photo dated 07-06-2017 of South Africa’s Imran Tahir.

Jos Buttler looked in great shape as he knocked a 50-ball century against Pakistan in the warm-up matches. We make him 11/2 to finish as England’s top runscorer and 5/6 to rack up Over 33.5 Runs.

Jonny Bairstow could help to settle any English nerves with a strong opening at the crease. There’s 4/7 about the right-hander getting Over 0.5 Sixes, while 10/3 says he finishes as his team’s top runscorer.

On the bowling side, it’s still early days for Jofra Archer in the England set-up, but he’s got the talent to become a key man. He’s 5/4 to take Over 1.5 Wickets.

But while England may be the best batting outfit in the tournament, South Africa’s bowling unit has plenty of depth and variety.

Kagiso Rabada claimed 25 wickets in just 12 IPL appearances this year. He’s 11/4 to take the most wickets for his side, with spin king Imran Tahir a 3/1 shot. Andile Phehlukwayo is another to keep an eye on at 13/8 for Over 0.5 Wickets.

If anyone can keep pace with England’s top order, it may well be Quinton de Kock. The destructive wicket-keeper batsman is 3/1 to finish as the Proteas’ top runscorer, with ever-reliable captain Faf du Plessis a shade behind at 7/2.

Match Info

When: 10:30am, Thursday 30th May 2019

Where: The Oval

How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Cricket

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All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication