Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) says South Africa need six straight wins to make it to the last four - starting in Southampton.
<p> </p><div><h2>South Africa v West Indies</h2><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/int/world-cup/south-africa-vs-west-indies-3738791/?mtid=6" target="_blank" title="South Africa vs West Indies Odds Board"><strong>10:30 AM - Monday 10<sup>th</sup>, June 2019</strong></a><p> </p><p>It is time for <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/cricket/world-cup-betting-south-africa-go-with-amla/89845/" target="_blank">South Africa to go hard or go home</a>. Defeat by West Indies at Southampton on Monday will almost certainly end their World Cup chances in the quickest possible time. They now face six must-win matches to stay alive for the semi-finals.</p><p>They don’t look in good shape to get number one notched off, and that’s ignoring their form. They have been rocked by injuries to their pace unit since before a ball was bowled, being forced to leave Anrich Nortje at home. Dale Steyn has joined him without making an appearance, robbing South Africa of their calmest head alongside captain Faf Du Plessis. To add insult, Lungi Ngidi, their most potent wicket-taker has hurt a hamstring and will play no part in this crucial contest.</p><p>Could it get worse? Yep. It was revealed that AB De Villiers offered to rescind his retirement at the 11th hour to make this World Cup squad. No-one in the South Africa team will thank AB for that as it has shown huge disrespect to the nation and to his former team-mates.</p><p>They could have chosen better opponents than a dangerous West Indies. But there are also worse ones. The Windies are at a crossroads in this tournament. Either they stop believing the ludicrous hype and play smart cricket or they go home. Against Australia they were shown to be one-dimensional. <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/cricket/" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Tips">We suspect they have little else in their locker but short, sharp fast stuff and trying to hit the leather off the ball with the bat</a>.</p><p>Still, the 10/11 (1.91) doesn’t do much for us and it is understandable that punters will reckon the value is with the West Indies because of their stronger start. They are evens with Bet365, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Coral">Coral</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Ladbrokes">Ladbrokes</a>.</p><p>On the top bat <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds Board">markets</a>, Quinton De Kock again rates as pure value. He cops 39 per cent of the time on two-year data so the 3/1 (4.0) with Bet365, Betfair and Betfred is a bid edge for us. Hashim Amla is a threat. He is a true 3/1 chance but gets at 4/1 95.0) quote from Betfair.</p><p><strong>Best Tips for the Match</strong></p><ul> <li>Back Quinton de Kock top SA bat 3/1<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker"> Bet365</a>, <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Betfair">Betfair</a> and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place your bets with Betfred">Betfred</a>.</li></ul></div>