Can England book their place in their tournament final?
<div><h2>England vs Australia</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/int/world-cup/australia-vs-england-3837166/?mtid=6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Thursday 11 July 2019 at Edgbaston Stadium</strong></a></p><p>This is an absolute blockbuster, make no mistake. It’s the world champions against the favourites and best side in the world. Bizarrely, though, the game is not a sell out so there could be a strange atmosphere for the biggest contest of the entire tournament.</p><p>With India fans expecting their team to be in the second semi, they had booked up all the tickets. But few are expected to attend and there has been only a trickle of tickets back into the market. This strange situation is possibly the only negative we can think of to derail England.</p><p>Edgbaston is their favourite ground because they are often roared on by the home support. That might not happen. Yet we expect them to come out on top and a bet on them to book their first final for a generation – and one win away from their first World Cup – is wise. Betfred’s 1.8 (4/5) is a standout price and we’ll bite their hand off.</p><p>England have overcome their major wobble which forced them to be playing knockout cricket for the last two. They are beginning to purr, particularly with unlikely talisman Jason Roy setting the tone at the top of the batting order.</p><p>They have also solved their most significant weakness. Prior to the tournament, they had the worst economy rate of any World Cup team in the last two years but they have tightened up considerably.</p><p>Australia beat England in the group stages to put the cat among the pigeons but over a long study period, England has proved they are superior. They have won seven of the last eight on the head-to-head.</p><p>Australia has had an excellent tournament and they may be surprised they made it this far given their awful two-year form. The hectic schedule, though, is beginning to take its toll as injuries hit.</p><p>Mitchell Starc, <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/cricket/world-cup-2019-top-bowler-betting-spinners-set-to-dominate/90035/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the top wicket-taker in the tournament</a>, has a niggle and although he will play he might not be at his best. Starc is notoriously fragile and it is entirely normal for him to be starting to breakdown after a nine games in such a short period.</p><p><strong>Best Bet</strong></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Back England 1.8 Betfred</strong></a></p></div>