England v Afghanistan: World Cup Cricket Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on June 17, 2019

On Tuesday, England tackle bottom of the table Afghanistan in what would seem to be an easy afternoon at Old Trafford. Let’s get straight to our World Cup tips for England v Afghanistan.

2019 Cricket World Cup host nation England seem to be cruising towards a place in the semi finals. Following a surprise defeat at the hands of Pakistan, Eoin Morgan’s men have been in sublime form, brushing aside Bangladesh and the West Indies.

Meanwhile, the Afghans are offering little threat in this tournament, especially without their leading run scorer Mohammad Shahzad. But is there any hope of a shock in this contest?

What are the World Cup tips for England v Afghanistan?

There’s little in the way of value for anyone looking to back England in this match. As you might expect, Eoin Morgan’s men start as red hot favourites. At the sportsbooks, the home nation are available at odds of 1.04 with Betway. Meanwhile, the same bookmaker quotes Afghanistan at 10.00.

That’s the biggest gap in the result betting that we’ve seen in this tournament. It isn’t a huge surprise, though. England are back at the top of their game following that reality check in the Pakistan game. Afghanistan, on the other hand, seem destined to finish bottom. The Afghans have lost a key batsman in Mohammad Shahzad. In addition, leg spinner Rashid Khan has struggled to make an impact so far.

To get any value, we’ll need to look at some prop bets. Cricket bettors content to make a very tiny profit, however, should get behind England as the obvious Satta.

Match Odds Summary: England 1.04 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Afghanistan 10.00.

What are the top batsman World Cup tips for England v Afghanistan?

– England Batsman Picks

England will be without Jason Roy after their opening batsman pulled up with a hamstring issue. Roy is still listed as an option for England’s top batter. You should avoid him, though, as reports confirm he will sit this one out.

James Vince comes in as a replacement and the Hampshire batsman is on offer in this market at 6.00. Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root are joint favourites at the same odds of 4.00. Meanwhile, skipper Eoin Morgan is available at 6.50 with Bet365.

This could be time for Jos Buttler to deliver a profit at 7.00. Other options for England include Ben Stokes at 8.50, and Moeen Ali at 21.00.

– Afghanistan Batsman Picks

For Afghanistan, Rashid Khan top scored against South Africa last time out. That underlines just how tough it is to call their market. With Mohammad Shahzad forced to leave the squad, Rahmat Shah starts as favourite to top score at 4.25. He is followed by Hazrattullah Zazai at 4.75.

Behind the top two, Hashmatullah Shahidi is quoted at 6.00. Meanwhile, Noor Ali Zadran is quoted at that same price of 6.00. Rashid Khan will be a popular outside World Cup 2019 Satta at 26.00. Other picks for Afghanistan include Mohammad Nabi at 7.50, and Najibullah Zadran at 8.50.

We’ve seen how difficult Afghanistan’s top batsman World Cup betting market can be. Therefore, we’re siding with England for this game. Having picked up a short price in the result betting, we’re going for a longer option this time in Jos Buttler.

England’s top order may well occupy the crease for a greater length of time against a weaker attack. But with Jason Roy injured, Buttler could come in much earlier than expected. In that scenario, his excellent odds of 7.00 could be primed to convert.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: England: Root 4.00, Bairstow 4.00, Vince 6.00, Morgan 6.50, Buttler 7.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Stokes 8.50, Ali 21.00.

Afghanistan: Shah 4.25, Zazai 4.75, Shahidi 6.00, Noor Ali Zadran 6.00, Nabi 7.50, Najibullah Zadran 8.50, Rashid Khan 26.00.

What are the total match runs World Cup tips for England v Afghanistan?

It’s been a long review so far. We’ll therefore finish with a quick and simple tip. The total runs line is set at 497.5 for this match, and on this occasion, we’re going to bet under. England will want to chase and we suspect that whichever way the toss falls, Afghanistan will take first knock.

With the state of that batting line up, expect a low first innings total. This should be comfortably chased down by the tournament hosts and the pre-World Cup favourites.

Total Runs in Match Odds Summary: Over 497.5: 1.90, Under 497.5: 1.90 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick).