Essex Eagles vs Gloucestershire: Vitality Blast 2019 Betting

Ed Hawkins

Friday, July 26, 2019 3:48 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 26, 2019 3:48 PM UTC

What are the hot tips and best match bets for the South Group clash in the T20 tournament?
<div><h2>Essex Eagles vs Gloucestershire</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Saturday 27 July 2019 at Chelmsford</strong></a></p><p>This contest is exactly the sort which serious cricket gamblers love. A fashiona-ble, big-name county going up against one which is neither of those things. As al-ways the odds are skewed in favour of the team that most people have heard of.</p><p>As expected Essex are no better than 1.67 (4/6) with <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bet365</a>. Some firms are go-ing no better than 1.57 (4/7). Gloucestershire are available at 2.38 (11/8) with<a href=";a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Betfred</a>, BetVictor and <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William Hill</a>. We see no justification for the gulf in odds (Essex won only twice last year) and<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> think the Glosters deserve more respect</a>.</p><p>It is Gloucestershire who boast two of the best T20 bowlers in the world. AJ Tye, the Aussie, is a gun player in this format and is courted by franchise teams the world over. Bennie Howell isn’t but he should be given the numbers he consist-ently returns.</p><p>This is where Gloucestershire have the edge as both teams, otherwise, look well-matched. The visitors beat Middlesex last time out in what was considered a shock result, although some may argue we shouldn’t get carried away because AB De Villiers wasn’t playing for the London-based team. Still, Gloucester were also halfway to victory in game one against Glamorgan before rain spoiled things.</p><p>Essex players who catch the eye are Cameron Delport, who was in brutal form against Surrey, and the Aussie spinner Adam Zampa is a threat at this level. In their first match Essex were well beaten by Middlesex as their bowlers struggled to get a grip. Against rivals Surrey it didn’t matter what their bowlers did – alt-hough they were still shaky – after they posted 226.</p><p>We suspect Essex will prove to be one-dimensional this term. In other words, they all brawn with the bat and little brains with the ball. This is the sort of team that Gloucestershire routinely upset.</p><p>For top bets, Gloucestershire’s Michael Klinger always catches the eye. He has re-spective win rates of 27 per cent and 30 per cent in 2017 and 2018. The 3.5 (5/2) is smack bang between the two.</p><p> </p><h2>Best Bet</h2><p><strong>Back Gloucestershire 2.38</strong></p></div>
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