2019 Cricket World Cup Betting Update
We are now just about halfway through the opening round of this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup, and already the big nations are making a decent play of making the semi-finals.
They have not all had their own way all the time — see England’s shock defeat to Pakistan for example — but things are going largely as planned for the hosts, Australia, New Zealand, and India.
You will have been able to keep up with all the results and betting news here at GamblingSites.com, as we have a regularly updated Cricket World Cup betting guide.
But I thought it would be a good time to revisit my pre-tournament predictions and take a look at the current odds to see how the competition might go from here.
Latest 2019 Cricket World Cup Betting Odds
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As you can see, England is still favored to lift the trophy on home soil, but the top four nations have all seen their odds narrow as the round robin opening stage has gone on.
What’s Happened So Far?
The order of the fixtures has meant that the top four countries have mostly not faced each other. Unfortunately, this means that we may end up with a number of meaningless games towards the end of the opening round.
India’s win against Australia is the only game involving two of the likely semi-finalists so far, and this has left the standings looking very predictable.
Pakistan’s victory over England has been the only real surprise, although South Africa’s three defeats — at the hands of England, Bangladesh, and India — has meant that the slim chance of the Proteas progressing to the final four has just about disappeared as well.
The loss to Bangladesh in particular will have hit the South Africans hard, but this is a team that tends to choke when it comes to the World Cup and was not fancied to go far before the tournament began.
Although its victories have been expected, Australia’s form has been impressive. Losing to India by 36 runs is nothing to be too embarrassed about, and the Aussies will see upcoming games against England and New Zealand as the perfect opportunity to grab a favorable finishing position ahead of the semis.
It is questionable whether we can really consider New Zealand as dark horses anymore, considering its results in previous World Cups, but the Kiwis have gone about their business in the usual positive fashion and will fancy their chances against anyone in the final four.
The one other main factor that has played its part in the first two weeks of competition is the British summer. At the time of writing, rain has either stopped play — or caused the abandonment all together — of four games.
This could have a major impact on who finishes where in the top four, and for countries such as the West Indies, South Africa, and Pakistan hoping to sneak into the knockout stages, it might well have put paid to any plans of extending their stay in England.
Who Will Make the Final Four?
Barring any further shocks, most cricket fans are now expecting England, Australia, India, and New Zealand to qualify for the semi-final stage. But with all these nations still to play at least two of the others, the matchups for those games is harder to call.
Although more games disrupted by the weather can definitely not be discounted, it seems as though a few games in particular will go a long way in determining how the knockout rounds will go.
After such a long opening group stage, it’s a shame that the qualifiers for the next round may only be rewarded with a single game before the end of their tournament. I criticized the format of the competition before a ball was bowled and still stand by my belief that two smaller groups (and a larger field of countries) would have made for a less predictable outcome.
That being said, the games over the next week or so will be crucial.
England’s game against India will be especially vital to both teams’ chances of glory. This could be the matchup that determines who comes top of the table and, supposedly, gets the easier tie in the semis.
With England opener Jason Roy now confirmed to be missing at least the next two games, I think England will fall to India but possibly beat Australia, meaning that the oldest cricketing rivalry in the world will return in the semi-finals.
Roy has had a superb tournament so far but took seven weeks to get over similar injury problems previously and may not return as quickly as the England selectors would like.
New Zealand finishes its round robin with games against Australia and England but should pick up enough points against South Africa, West Indies, and Pakistan to ensure a berth in the final four.
If the Kiwis can turn over its own close rivals, Australia, then we could be in for a very exciting semi-final stage, but I feel as though Edgbaston will host Australia vs. England, while India will battle New Zealand at Old Trafford.
Who Will Win the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup?
The bookmakers still believe England can claim the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time, but the hosts are picking up injuries, which would worry me going into the final stages.
Jofra Archer has proved his critics wrong and enjoyed a very profitable World Cup, and his bowling should be able to help the side get to the final at Lord’s on July 14th.
But it really depends on where England finishes in the round robin group stage. If it can avoid India in the semis, then a final appearance should be manageable.
Steve Smith and David Warner have returned from their suspensions and have performed excellently for Australia without having to put up with too much heckling from the crowd. That may change if it gets England in the semis, but the batting of those two — plus outstanding leadership from Aaron Finch — has propelled Australia into the knockout stage.
New Zealand has cruised to victory over Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan so far, but the real test would have been against India. The rain put paid to that, and although the Kiwis picked up a point because of the abandonment, we still do not know how good the team really is.
New Zealand might believe it can come through as a surprise package, but I feel as though whoever it meets in the semi-final will go through.
India is the team that seems to be in full control as we progress through the tournament. South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan have all been beaten, and the team seems more settled than its main rivals going into the last few group games.
There is a lot of support for this team, and although it won’t be as big a surprise as it was back in 1983, I believe India can win the World Cup at Lord’s once again.
Without free to air television coverage in the UK, this World Cup has not really taken hold of the public as it might have. But there have been some great displays already and the promise of some more intriguing matchups before the end of the round robin stage.
With no disrespect meant to the nations involved, it is a shame that we may have the final four that most people predicted before the tournament began. But the two semi-finals and final have the potential to be exhilarating games of one day cricket — as long as the British weather holds.
Be sure to visit the top Cricket World Cup betting sites if you’re looking to place any wagers during the remainder of the tournament.