England v West Indies ODI series betting preview

Martin Green

Friday, February 15, 2019 2:28 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 2:28 PM UTC

England will take on the West Indies in a five-match ODI series starting in Barbados on Wednesday and Eoin Morgan’s men are expected to secure a comprehensive victory.

<h2>Timings</h2><p>The first ODI takes place at Kensington Oval in Barbados at 3pm GMT on Wednesday, February 20, and the second is at the same stadium two days later. The action then shifts to Grenada’s National Cricket Stadium for the third and fourth ODIs on February 25 and 27, both beginning at 1.30pm, and the final match is at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia at 8pm on March 5.</p><h2><br />Form Guide</h2><p>England are the world’s number one ranked ODI team after winning their last three series in comfortable fashion. They whitewashed Australia, secured a strong series win against India and then vanquished Sri Lanka last time out. England cricket fans could do with a morale boost after watching the Test team slump to a shock 2-1 series defeat against the struggling West Indies. The ODI side look perfectly poised to deliver that boost as captain Eoin Morgan can call upon a raft of world-class players and they are full of confidence. The Windies have not won an ODI series since 2014 and they have been ripped apart in recent clashes. The last time these teams met, England won the series 4-0 in 2017.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>The hosts will be without the suspended Shannon Gabriel for the first four ODIs after he was suspended over homophobic comments he made to Joe Root in the Test series. They are already missing Rovman Powell and Keemo Paul, so Gabriel’s absence is a blow for this team. The West Indies are also without Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, who are struggling for fitness, but they have been massively boosted by the return of the talismanic Chris Gayle, while Jason Holder and Darren Bravo will aim to replicate their superb red-ball form in the shorter format. England pretty much have a full-strength team and they will bid to show why they are top of the world rankings and why they are the clear favourites to win this year’s World Cup.</p><h2>Betting Tips</h2><p>England are 1/2 to win the opening match and that looks like a solid addition to any accumulators you might be considering on Wednesday. Jason Roy is 7/2 with <a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank">Bet365</a> and 4/1 with Sky Bet to be the top England batsman, which looks interesting, while <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07" target="_blank">Ladbrokes</a> has 7/2 on Gayle to be the top West Indies batsman in the first match. <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356" target="_blank">Paddy Power</a> and Bet365 have 15/8 on a 4-1 series win for England and that looks like a great price.</p>
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