Birmingham Bears vs Worcestershire Rapids: Vitality Blast 2019 Betting

Ed Hawkins

Thursday, August 22, 2019 7:11 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 7:11 PM UTC

Birmingham Bears vs Worcestershire Rapids predictions, match preview and stats. Click for our free Vitality Blast 2019 predictions and betting tips.

<div><h2>Birmingham Bears vs Worcestershire Rapids</h2><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Friday 23 August 2019 at Edgbaston</a></strong></p><p>With five wins from eight matches the defending champions, Worcestershire Rapids, are poised for another foray into the knockouts. Birmingham Bears, a big beast of the circuit, <a href="" target="_blank">have once again been a major disappointment and are struggling to qualify</a>.</p><p>Given the status of the two counties, it should be the other way round. Birmingham or let’s face it, Warwickshire, like to pinch all of the best talent and Worcester are considered minnows to their near neighbours. But the Rapids routinely teach this lot a lesson in this format (three straight wins) and the layers are right to have them at no better than 1.73 (8/11). Birmingham are 2.2 (6/5) with Betway, BetVictor, Ladbrokes and William Hill. At the start of this tournament we had it off in this clash when Worcestershire when they were rated outsiders.</p><p>Can we make a case for the Bears at those odds? Well, the Rapids have lost two of their last three. And punters will have been stung by those defeats which came at skinny odds against Derbyshire and Leicestershire respectively. They were well beaten, too.</p><p>Birmingham did manage a scalp of their own against Lancashire, the section leaders, last time out so confidence should be up. And it’s something of a fresh start following the County Championship return.</p><p>Callum Ferguson, the Australian No 3 for Rapids, has returned home for personal reasons and that is a significant blow even if Hamish Rutherford steps in. Moeen Ali will lead the side. Martin Guptill, the Kiwi smasher, plays his last match before leaving for international duty. We’d like to bet him for top bat honours but, alas, the odds are too short. Unibet’s 3.75 (11/4) is out by a couple of clinks. We rate him at bang on 4.5 (7/2) on career form.</p><p>But we can get with him on Betfair’s individual runs quote. They go 1.8 that he busts 23.5. Considering he has a career average (including not outs as a completed innings) per game of 30 we think that’s a sizeable chunk in our favour.</p><p> </p><h2>Best Bet</h2><p><a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Back Marin Guptill to score over 23.5 runs 1.8 Betfair</a></p></div>
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