ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Betting Preview

England go into the big ODI cricket tournament as favourites, but who will be their main challengers and which players will perform? Find out here....

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The Cricket World Cup 2019 starts on 30th May.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Betting Preview

England expects but Eoin Morgan’s side now needs to deliver as the Cricket World Cup returns to the spiritual home of the sport as it comes back to British soil for the first time since 1999.

The hosts start off as the pre-tournament favourites but will be batting against history if they want to lift the World Cup having last made the final in 1992.

Who will lift the Cricket World Cup 2019 trophy?

Here’s our look at the main contenders to be crowned 2019 world champions…

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Betting Preview

ENGLAND

Last time around: Group stages
Current odds: 15/8

Verdict: The stars have aligned for England to shine at their home Cricket World Cup with Trevor Bayliss’ side stuffed full of enough batting talent to suggest this really could be the time for this talented English squad to break new ground with a maiden world title. England have suffered many false dawns in this tournament but would have to seriously underperform not to improve on 2015’s disastrous group stage exit, where they secured just two wins against Scotland and Afghanistan.

England have been building up to this moment since being awarded this tournament back in 2006 but will be the wary of the fact only three hosts have lifted the Cricket World Cup in 11 attempts, and there have been several cases of hosts wobbling when it really mattered – notably South Africa in 2003 where the Proteas crashed out at the group stage after misreading the Duckworth-Lewis Method rules.

Will a partisan home crowd help inspire England to glory or cause them to crack under the pressure? Eoin Morgan will know the side he captains can’t afford to let a golden opportunity slip from their grasp.

 

INDIA

Last time around: Semi-finals
Current odds: 3/1

Verdict: If England fluff their lines on home soil, a hugely talented Indian side looks best placed to capitalise. Since the turn of the millennium, India have consistently reached the final four of the competition, with the exception of a rare blip in 2007 where they crashed out in the group stages.

With the inspirational Virat Kohli leading the attack, that trend should continue at the Cricket World Cup 2019 with the Indians boasting more than enough firepower in their ranks to glide their way through the opening rounds of this competition. At 37, MS Dhoni will also surely fancy his chances of securing a second world title to cap his glittering international career in what you would expect to be his final Cricket World Cup outing.

Finally, the Indians’ cause is also bolstered by the presence of Jasprit Bumrah who makes his World Cup debut. The 25-year-old is currently ranked the best bowler in the world by the ICC. With such a formidable spine to their team, India could take some serious stopping if their game all clicks into place this June.

 

NEW ZEALAND

Last time around: Runners-up
Current odds: 9/1

Verdict: It was so near yet so far for New Zealand in 2015 as they reached their first ever Cricket World Cup final in the tournament they co-hosted with eventual winners Australia. The Kiwis will be leaning heavily on talisman Kane Williamson to help them finally break their duck this time around and they will need the 28-year-old to lead from the front if they are going to stand any chance of taking that elusive step forward towards winning Cricket World Cup 2019.

The rapid bowling double act of Trent Boult and Tim Southee could help New Zealand catch more heavily-fancied opponents cold in the latter stages of this tournament. However, with other sides upping their game, a second consecutive final appearance may prove just beyond them in 2019 after just missing out four years ago.

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AUSTRALIA

Last time around: Winners
Current odds: 10/3

Verdict: Nothing is certain in life apart from death, taxes and Australia turning up when it really matters. The reigning champions come into this one with few pundits tipping them for a sixth World Cup title. History tells us it would be foolish to rule out a squad still boasting plenty of individual talent even if, on the surface, this doesn’t appear to be the strongest Aussie squad of recent decades.

‘Sandpapergate’ continues to cast a long shadow over the Australians’ preparations for this tournament. Cutting out all the noise around that scandal, however, the return of players of the quality of David Warner and Steve Smith to this side is a huge tonic for the Aussies even if the pair can expect a hostile reception. Can the Aussies thrive as the likely ‘pantomime villains’ of this summer’s tournament? Don’t rule it out.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Last time around: Semi-finals
Current odds: 9/1

Verdict: When it comes to the Cricket World Cup, South Africa are perennially the bridesmaids having been knocked out at the semi-finals stage four times since 1992. Could this finally be the year they banish that curse and reach a maiden final? Their progress surely depends on the form of Quinton de Kock. At 26, he looks in the form of his life having helped steer the Mumbai Indians towards a fourth IPL title.

The absence of Dale Steyn for their opener against England is an early blow to their chances as the 35-year-old tries to shake off a shoulder injury. The final might prove a bridge too far once again, but Ottis Gibson’s side can’t be discounted if fine margins go their way.

 

WEST INDIES

Last time around: Quarter-finals
Current odds: 14/1

Verdict: A side with outstanding World Cup pedigree, the Windies made history as the winners of the first two tournaments back in 1975 and 1979. They they look unlikely to scale the heights of that golden era again any time soon, but could be dangerous opponents for several of the pre-tournament favourites.

The Windies suffered the ignominy of having to qualify for the tournament for the first time in their history, narrowly edging through behind Afghanistan in the qualifiers. Now their place at this tournament is assured, fans will be hoping this side can play with the freedom needed to pull off a few surprises.

Star man Chris Gayle will want to sign off in style in his final Cricket World Cup campaign. Aside from their legendary opener, this is a youthful-looking side that will be aiming to put a marker down for future tournaments.

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Odds correct at time of writing and may be subject to change.

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