At one stage, the situation for England in the The ICC Cricket World Cup was looking ominously forlorn. The batting capitulation at Headingley in the group stages against a half decent Sri Lanka side, followed by a similar crushing defeat to a resurgent Australia meant a serious uphill climb for the tournament favourites to reach the semi-finals.
However, their response was brave and methodical. Putting India to the sword in the final group game was dramatically followed by a humiliating semi-final revenge against a very good Australian side, thereby setting up a final against relative minnows of the tournament, New Zealand.
And it’s on the box! Sky Sports have relented and will share TV coverage of the Lords final with Channel 4 on Sunday to provide a free to view summer bonus for cricket fans!
We’ll assess the chances of both sides and check out some of the World Cup final best bets on offer.
ENGLAND TO WIN?
England are overwhelming favourites (30/100 William Hill, Bet Victor) and it’s not all that surprising. Despite the two hiccups in the group stage, their performance has been exhilarating.
But this has been a long end game for the ECB. After England’s disastrous performance in the previous World Cup, former Director Of Cricket, Andrew Strauss increased the emphasis on the one day game.
The results of that hard work is clear to see with England breaking the ODI highest total twice and producing some memorable individual performances. The heart of this impressive England side lies with the strength of the two openers, Johnny Bairstow and Jason Roy and their consistent ability to share unbroken first wicket stands for 100+.
This factor combined with the venomous bowling attack of Archer and Woakes, has meant that most sides have approached England with an element of fear. However, England are prone to the unpredictable at times and the 30/100 on offer is arguably not great value but it’s nevertheless hard to see beyond the hosts winning a first ever World Cup trophy.
NEW ZEALAND: THE TOURNAMENT SURPRISE PACKAGE
Its remarkable really that the Kiwis have actually reached this stage of the tournament. Crushing defeats at the hands of England, Australia and Pakistan could not have inspired great confidence but under the hands of skipper Kane Williamson, they have miraculously meandered their way to Lords.
And it’s Williamson who must take all the credit. He currently tops the World Cup 2019 batting average with an astounding 91. Impressive when you consider that Rohit (India), Warner (Australia) and Roy (England) are trailing with averages in the 60’s and 70’s. Therefore, Williamson is without doubt the key man for England to target. 11/4 best price (William Hill) for top batsman.
William Hill has some great promotional offers running for the final tomorrow.
Kane Williamson, Jason Roy And Jonny Bairstow Over 200 Runs Combined - Was 2/1 now 5/2
Jason Roy And Joe Root Both To Score A Fifty - Was 19/5 now 5/1
Kane Williamson To Hit Over 2 Sixes - Was 4/1 now 5/1
Trent Boult And Jofra Archer Both To Take Over 2 Wickets - Was 4/1 now 11/2
Betfair also offering 10/1 for Bairstow, Roy and Root to score 50+.
Best priced odds. All odds are correct at the time of publishing (12:00 13th July 2019) and are subject to change.