Cricket World Cup 2019 Betting Match 27: England vs Sri Lanka

Ed Hawkins

Thursday, June 20, 2019 4:21 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019 4:21 PM UTC

Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) says Sri Lanka are unlikely to test England at Headingley in another mismatch.
<div><h2>England v Sri Lanka</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Match Odds">Friday 21st June, 10.30am at Headingley Carnegie Stadium</a></p><p>Patience is the key for this World Cup contest. After competitive-looking matches involving New-Zealand-South Africa and then Australia-Bangladesh we just have to sit tight and wait for more attractive weekend action. England versus Sri Lanka is not expected to be a classic.</p><p>That is because England are, of course, the No 1-rated team in the world and they are beginning to motor. Their surprise defeat by Pakistan in only their second game of the competition is a distant memory. They have not been tested since and qualification for the semi-finals is assured.</p><p>Indeed, they have looked so strong that surely only India, who we rate as the superior all-round team by the way, can stop them. Keep everything crossed that those two meet in the final because they could produce a genuine corker, one which would perhaps save the tournament from being labelled ‘washout’.</p><p>Finding a bet in a game where one team is so strong and the other so hopeless (Sri Lanka decided to leave a clutch of their best players at home and use the tournament to blood youngsters and for others to gain know-how) is tricky. <a href="">Sri Lanka</a> are 8/1 (9.0) with <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Coral Betting Odds">Coral</a> and <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes betting odds">Ladbrokes</a> and we just can’t build a case for them as much as we’d like to.</p><p>So a look at the tops markets provides some comfort. We can hang our hat on Ben Stokes top scoring for England at a whopping 17/2 (9.5) with <a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="BetFair Betting Odds">Betfair</a>. It’s a wrong price in terms of how often he wins over two-year form. The worry, of course, is that Stokes doesn’t get to the crease. England’s top three or four have been dominant so far although it is worth remembering that Stokes landed big odds of 8/1 (9.0) with a win in the first match of the competition against the South Africans.</p><p>There are a couple of prices which interest us for top Sri Lankan. Thisara Perera and Isuru Udana catch the eye at 10s (11.0) and 33s (34.0) respectively with <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes betting odds">Ladbrokes</a>. If England’s pacers can run through the Sri Lanka top order on what could be a helpful Headingley wicket, a rescue act will be needed. Keep stakes small, though. Neither man qualifies as pure tops value.</p><h2>Best Tips for the Match</h2><p>Thisara Perera top Sri Lanka batsman 10/1 <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes betting odds">Ladbrokes</a></p></div>
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