World Cup Betting: Hosts won’t have it all their own way

Gabe Morency

Thursday, April 26, 2018 2:12 AM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 2:12 AM UTC

England have never won a World Cup and they will be hoping to end their record as bridesmaids when they host the tournament next summer. But the size of their task has just been revealed.
<p></p><p class="x_MsoNormal">England have never won a World Cup and they will be hoping to end their record as bridesmaids when they host the tournament next summer. But the size of their task has just been revealed with the schedule announced.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">And it confirms that England don’t appear to be solid favourites to finally lift the trophy after three times falling at the final hurdle.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">They are no better than +300 with Bet365. It is not a price which exactly leaps from the page when you also consider that England failed to make the final of the mini World Cup – the ICC Champions Trophy – on their own patch last summer, losing heavily to Pakistan in the knockouts.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">For a start, England will tour the country and won’t play at the same venue twice. This is not ideal as they will be constantly hopping from venue to venue where conditions changes, not allowing them to build rhythm and momentum with their plans on the field.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">The England management would have hoped for at least two games in Edgbaston, for example, where they almost always win. Instead there are some trips which they will worry about.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">For a start, they take on South Africa at The Oval. It is the sort of wicket which is so good for batting that if they were to lose the toss, a powerful Saffers unit could have them behind the eight ball with the tournament only 50 overs old if they were to bust 300.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">England may argue that they back their batsmen to get 300 any day of the week. Fair enough. But contests against Pakistan at Nottingham, Bangladesh in Cardiff, Australia at Lord’s and India at Edgbaston don’t seem to offer the home team much of an advantage.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">The swinging nature of the Nottingham pitch will delight Pakistan’s excellent battery of pacers who will surely have the skill to expose England’s weakness when the ball zips through the air. In Cardiff Bangladesh’s army of spinners will look to take the pace off and repeat Pakistan’s humbling of England on a turgid wicket in the Champions Trophy.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">As for the Aussies at Lord’s, well we all know they raise their game there. And playing India in Birmingham will not be a home game. The local Indian population will turn out in force for their heroes.</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">England are a swerve all day long. India at +450 with Bet365 make much more appeal at this stage.</p><p></p>
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