Middlesex vs Surrey: Vitality Blast 2019 Betting

Ed Hawkins

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 8:01 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 8:01 PM UTC

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<div><h2>Middlesex vs Surrey</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/cricket/eng/t-20-vitality-blast/middlesex-vs-surrey-3838616/?mtid=6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Thursday 8 August 2019 at Lord’s</em></a></p><p>Given the international talent on show in this London derby between Middlesex and Surrey it is not unreasonable to reckon that it would be befitting of the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/cricket/cricket-vitality-blast-2019-betting-complete-guide/90331/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">final in this year’s Blast</a>. But only one of these sides appears to have genuine aspirations of glory.</p><p>Middlesex have been solid with four wins from six. And they would have bitten your hand off for that win ratio before a ball was bowled because of their awful recent record in the competition. AB De Villiers, the former South Africa star, has given them confidence. Bowlers can take risks and batters, too, knowing that AB is capable of getting them out of any hole.</p><p>But they are far from a one-man team. Middlesex can call on another six internationals if need be. One of them is Eoin Morgan, the England World Cup winning captain. Another Dawid Malan. Those three give Middlesex one of the strongest middle-orders in the tournament. Paul Stirling, the beefy Irish hitter, has the potential for fast starts. With the ball, Steven Finn and Tony Roland-Jones could have been staples for England while Mujeeb ur Rahman, the Afghan tweaker, is classy.</p><p>Surrey could field an entire team of internationals but Aaron Finch, the Aussie opener, Imran Tahir, the South African spinner, and the Curran brothers are the game changers. Given that ability it is tempting to reckon Surrey are the value at odds against. Betfair go 2.25 (5/4). But is that big enough considering their form? They have lost four out of six and don’t seem to be playing with any smarts at all.</p><p>Middlesex won the previous meeting by 37 runs thanks to a century from Malan. They are no better than 1.67 (4/6) across the board. That’s tight in this format and we tend to think that if a team is that short they need to have proved they are very good outfit. Middlesex haven’t done that yet. Let’s take a small risk on Surrey causing an upset, keeping fingers crossed that one or two of their big names step up to the plate.</p><h2>Best Bet</h2><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Surrey 2.25 Betfair</strong></a></p></div>
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