New Zealand vs England: Cricket World Cup Final Betting Preview

On Sunday, hosts and pre-tournament favourites England will take on surprise package New Zealand in the final of the Cricket World Cup, at the home of cricket, Lords.   

England have never been under as much pressure in one day cricket as in this tournament. Entering the competition as world number one and host nation will do that to a side. Despite a few wobbles along the way, they’ve stepped up to the crease and smashed it out of the ground when it mattered. New Zealand, meanwhile, entered with few expectations, all of which have been surpassed on their surprising march to the final. With neither side having won the competition before, no matter what, we’ll have a new World Cup winner come the end of the match.

New Zealand

New Zealand were not supposed to beat cricket powerhouse India in the semi-final but beat them they did. New Zealand entered the reserve day with batsmen at the crease – poor weather causing the game to carry over into Wednesday – and posted a total of 239-8, which should not have been an insurmountable target for India. Unfortunately for the Indian openers, the Kiwi bowlers came flying out of the traps and India soon found themselves at 5-3; a position from which they could not recover.

While New Zealand may be surprising finalists, they are not to be underestimated. In captain Kane Williamson the Black Caps have one of the world’s best batsmen and the player with the best batting average, 91.33, in the tournament. Bowlers Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult are the 5th and 6th highest wicket-takers respectively, while as a team, New Zealand have the highest win percentage in the World Cup.


Make no mistake, England absolutely destroyed Australia in the semi-final at Edgbaston. Yes, Australia who have won the World Cup five times and are unbeaten in seven semi-final appearances. Admittedly, the ground is a stronghold for England and a location at which the Aussies have not tasted victory for almost two decades; but when Finch won the toss and elected to bat, there would have been a certain amount of trepidation within the English ranks. This has been a tournament where batting first has been a distinct advantage.

Luckily for England, their new-ball partnership of Archer and Woakes didn’t get the memo and tore into the Aussie openers immediately, with Australian captain Finch falling lbw to the first delivery he faced. Before they knew it, Australia were 14-3 and in a position from which they would not recover, posting a target of 223 all out for England to chase. And chase it they did. Openers Bairstow and Roy, in particular, were outstanding as ever, before Root and captain Morgan entered the fray and quickly put the game beyond doubt, securing a first final appearance for England since 1992.


England are favourites to win, with odds of 3/11 (3.25) for victory. New Zealand are at 9/4 (3.25) to upset an entire nation.

New Zealand vs England: Cricket World Cup Final Betting Tips

England have already defeated New Zealand in the World Cup, with Jonny Bairstow scoring 106 runs to lead England to victory by 119 runs. New Zealand will have to be at their absolute best to triumph and are at odds of 9/4 (3.25) to win, England are favourites at 3/11 (1.27).

Jason Roy had a terrific knock against Australia – just ask Steve Smith – and, had he not been given out by a poor decision, could have gone on to post a massive score. So, we’re backing Jason Roy as the top match batsman at 61/20 (4.05).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.

England vs Argentina: FIFA Women’s World Cup Betting Preview

On Friday, England hope to remain unbeaten in the FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage as they take on a plucky Argentina side in Le Havre, France.  

England entered this tournament amongst the favourites to lift the cup. Ranked 3rd in the world and fresh from winning the SheBelieves Cup, the Lionesses entered the World Cup in form – despite some concerning performances in recent friendlies. Having finished 3rd last time out, Phil Neville’s side have experience of going deep in the tournament. Should they make it through the group stages to the knockout rounds, Germany and USA are sure to be their biggest obstacles. Hosts France are also expected to make the most of home advantage and progress through the competition.


In their first Group D fixture, England met a Scotland side who they’d comprehensively beaten 6-0 at Euro 2017, the last time the sides met in a major competition. This time out, while the outcome was the same – a victory for the Lionesses – the performance was anything but.

The match started in open fashion, Nikita Parris giving England the lead on her World Cup debut when she converted a video assistant referee awarded penalty. Player of the match Ellen White then doubled the advantage for Phil Neville’s side before the break. England tired in the second half and allowed Scotland back into the game when Claire Emslie took advantage of a poor pass from England captain Steph Houghton and fired in from close range.


Argentina’s story – and position within the women’s game – is very different from England’s. In their opening game they put in a resilient performance to earn a 0-0 draw with 2011 World Cup winners Japan, a team ranked 30 places above them in the FIFA rankings. Coming into the game they had lost all six of their previous World Cup matches. The fact that they even qualified is a miracle in itself.

The team returned to action in 2018 following a two-year hiatus, with no games or coach in place during that period due to a dispute with their own football association. Put simply, the Argentine FA refused to finance the team – a stark contrast to their English counterparts who receive the most investment of any women’s team in Europe. During their last World Cup appearance, in 2007, the team was made up of amateur players and it’s only this year that the AFA took the decision to finally support a professional league in the country.


England enter this fixture as overwhelming favourites to win at odds of 1/11 (1.09). Argentina are given very little hope of achieving victory over Neville’s side at 23/1 (24.00).

England vs Argentina: FIFA Women’s World Cup Betting Tips

Anything other than an England win would be a monumental shock and lead to serious questions being asked of Phil Neville and his squad. England are favoured more to win the tournament – at 8/1 – than Argentina are to win this game.

With such little value to be found in backing an England win, we’d opt for another option that is almost guaranteed for England and that’s attacking focal point, Ellen White, to score anytime at 3/4 (1.75).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.

Netherlands vs England: UEFA Nations League Semi-Final Betting Preview

On Thursday, the Netherlands will face England in the semi-finals of the inaugural UEFA Nations League competition, in Guimaraes, Portugal.  

When the tournament was first announced, confusion ensued as to what exactly the UEFA Nations League was and how it worked. Now that we’re past the unnecessarily complicated league stage and into the knockout phase, things are much more straightforward. Beat the Netherlands and England are into the final and in with a chance of winning their first silverware since 1966. While nobody is claiming that winning the Nations League is equivalent to the Euro’s or World Cup, it could certainly be a launching pad for this relatively young squad to go on and achieve further success.


Every international tournament has a “Group of Death”. For the Nations League, it was League A, which contained World Cup winners France, serial silverware winners Germany and the Netherlands. Having failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the Oranje have embraced youth and seen a resurgence under manager Ronald Koeman. Ajax quartet Daley Blind, Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek will be hoping to make up for their Champions League final loss to Spurs by dumping the English national team from the competition.

The Netherlands have a decent recent record given the quality of the opponents they’ve faced, winning four, drawing two, and losing two of their last eight games. Amongst those fixtures, the Netherlands have faced France twice and gone against Germany on three occasions. At this stage, it’s unknown if the Champions League winning duo of Dutch captain Virgil Van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum will feature in the match following their exertions in Madrid.


Over the past 12 months, English football has been a force across international and UEFA competitions. For the first time ever, both UEFA club tournaments featured a clean sweep of finalists from the same country with Chelsea and Liverpool overcoming Arsenal and Spurs, whilst Gareth Southgate’s national side reignited a nation and made it to a World Cup semi-final.

With a youthful squad full of exciting talent, there is much optimism surrounding a Three Lions team that, thus far, seems to be embracing the new-found expectations being heaped upon its shoulders. There’s been no post-World Cup slump, with a run of six victories, and just one defeat, in eight matches following the tournament. During that run, England have score 20 goals, beaten Spain 3-2 away from home and exacted revenge over World Cup opponents Croatia with a Wembley victory.


England enter this fixture as marginal favourites to win at odds of 7/5 (2.4). The Oranje are 2/1 (3.0) to achieve victory and consign Gareth Southgate to another semi-final defeat.

Netherlands vs England: UEFA Nations League Semi-Final Betting Tips

Both sides enter the semi-finals having topped their respective groups with identical records: played four, won two, drawn one, lost one. So, both sides should be confident of beating the other, even with the difficulty of predicting the line-ups given the number of players who featured in the weekend’s Champions League final (two for the Netherlands, seven for England)

The last time the sides met in a competitive international fixture was over 20 years ago, during Euro 96, in which England secured a 4-1 victory. Since then, the Netherlands have been the dominant force in the friendly fixtures between the sides, winning three, drawing four and losing just once. However, that loss came in the last match between the two sides, with England winning 1-0.

Neither side has had a dominant defence of late, the Dutch have conceded in seven of their last 10 matches, while England have only kept clean sheets in five of their last 15. So, we can see goals in this game. We can also see England using their World Cup experience to positive effect and progressing to the final. We’re backing England to win and both teams to score at 7/2 (4.5).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.

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England v Italy: After a competitive match against Holland, England return to Wembley and face another tough match up against an experienced Italian team. Can they deliver a victory in front of an expectant crowd as players look to impress Manager Southgate and book their seat on the plane to Russia. £20 on England be winning at half time and full time returns £54.

Germany v Brazil : There is a top friendly match up in store in Germany as Brazil will look to avenge their defeat in WC semi-final of 2014 and boost their chances of landing the World Cup this year. With Gabriel Jesus, Coutinho and Firmino up against Sane, Muller and Ozil, expect goals in this one. £20 on Germany to win 2-1 returns £148.

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Holland v England: Jack Wilshere has been recalled to the England squad and with Harry Kane out injured England will be looking to Marcus Rashford & Jamie Vardy to lead the line in the friendly v Holland to stake a claim to be in the first XI for World Cup. £20 on England be winning at half time and full time returns £66.

Germany v Spain: The two past winners of World Cup face each other in a friendly and this hotly contested friendly could well the same match up come this July in the World Cup 2018 Final. With Ozil, Muller and Sane coming up against Iniesta, Silva & Costa this has the making of a top match. £20 on Germany to win 2-1 returns £148

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England Salvage Point In Mad Last 6 Minutes


Harry Kane scored a dramatic goal in the last minute of stoppage time as England carved out a 2-2 draw against the Old Enemy Scotland at Hampden Park.

Three goals in the last 6 minutes ensured this was a match no-one was going to forget in a while as two Leigh Griffiths free kicks gave Scotland an unexpected lead going into injury time after a game where the first 70 minutes were ultimately a bit dull.

The last 20 minutes turned out to be fascinating as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave England a lead they deserved as Scotland had about as much bite as a goldfish for the majority of the match. How Leigh Griffiths the Celtic star was to turn the whole game on it’s head with two sublime free kicks that left England keeper Joe Hart flapping at air in just three minutes.

Scotland fans couldn’t believe what was going on, actually I don’t think anybody could believe what was going on and then with just seconds left that man Harry Kane popped up to head home and give England a deserved equalizer and heavily dent Scotlands hopes of World Cup qualification for yet another campaign.

The game had looked destined for a fairly dour 0-0 draw when substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the beneficiary of poor goalkeeping from Craig Gordon with 20 minutes remaining shoving England into a 1-0 lead they just about deserved.

Then the drama showed up as Hampden Park erupted in the 87th minute when Leigh Griffiths curled home a 25-yard free-kick for his first international goal, before lightning struck twice in the final minute of normal time as another set-piece from the Celtic star put Scotland on the brink of a famous Group F victory. Two cracking free kicks which will put question marks over Joe Hart’s time in the England goal with Fraser Forster creeping up behind him.

However there was more drama than a weeks worth of Eastenders and Coronation Street combined  as Kane – wearing the armband in place of the absent Wayne Rooney met Raheem Sterling’s swinging cross to silence the home fans.

A draw means Gareth Southgate’s men have left the chasing pack an opportunity to gain ground, with Slovenia three points back in second, while Slovakia will close within two by beating Lithuania.

For Scotland, the late heartbreak means their chances of automatic qualification remain remote at best with the gap to England at six, while they are three points off second.

Hart was largely a bystander in the England goal, though, with Griffiths’ tame 20-yard effort easily held. England initially struggled for fluency until Kane expertly took down Eric Dier’s long pass and lashed a half-volley over the crossbar.

Shortly after, Kane failed to sort out his feet after Adam Lallana brilliantly weaved his way into the area to set up the Tottenham striker and then Scotland almost shot themselves in the foot when Gordon rushed off his line and the goalkeeper’s poor header fell to Kane, whose lob was nodded away by Kieran Tierney and Marcus Rashford’s follow-up was deflected wide.

Scotland had a lucky escape shortly after the restart when Jake Livermore’s strike deflected off Charlie Mulgrew and struck the post but England made the breakthrough with 20 minutes remaining.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had been on the pitch just five minutes, brilliantly waltzed into the area from the right and struck a left-foot shot at an unsighted Gordon, who could only palm the effort into the top-right corner. It was a great mazy run and it looked for all the world that Gareth Southgate had made a superb tactical move bringing the Arsenal man into the game.

Then came an incredible end to the match. Griffiths levelled the scores with a brilliantly executed free-kick that beat Hart to his left, the first time that England have conceded on the road to Russia. A second Griffiths set-piece three minutes later then sailed past Hart at the other side of the goal. There were just two minutes and 58 seconds between Griffiths’ first and second direct free-kick strikes for Scotland and Scottish voices were at full volume, but England silenced the home fans.

Dier’s free-kick was well saved, but the ball was recycled and substitute Sterling’s brilliant cross from the left was side-footed home on the volley by Kane, with Gordon left flat-footed.

Two goals from England, one from one sub and an assist from the other and Harry Kane’s equaliser was his first goal for England since May 2016 vs Turkey, ending a run of 575 minutes without one.

For England they are now unbeaten in 35 qualifying games, since a defeat at Ukraine in October 2009 (W26 D9).

So England’s lead is cut to two point over Slovakia whilst Scotland lie in 4th position, 3 points behind Slovenia and 4 behind Slovakia with their hopes of qualification receding by the game.

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