As is the case in most sports, the World Cup is the pinnacle of cricketing excellence and all ten teams that will compete for the trophy will be desperate to do well.
However, with six teams available at prices of 11.00 or greater in the Cricket World Cup 2019 odds, it’s clear that the bookmakers are focusing their attentions on the other fantastic four.
And perhaps they should be: in each of the last two editions of the tournament the host nation has been crowned champion, so as the choice of Cricket World Cup 2019 venue England have to be respected; as they have been by the sportsbooks, who make Eoin Morgan’s side favourites to lift the trophy.
But India performed so well on English soil last summer in the test and ODI series’, and so at 4.00 they will attract a lot of interest from punters.
Should we be forgetting about Australia? They may not be in the best of form right now, but they have lifted the trophy in four of the last five editions of the tournament.
So where is the smart money going? Let’s find out in our Cricket World Cup 2019 predictions.
1. Cricket World Cup 2019 Schedule
This year’s edition of the competition will be slightly different, with the old format of Cricket World Cup 2019 groups followed by the Super Six over.
Instead, all ten teams will play each other once, and the four with the most points will qualify for the semi-finals.
The Cricket World Cup 2019 Schedule will run from May 30, taking in numerous stadiums around England and Wales, with the final held at the home of cricket, Lords, on July 14.
2. Cricket World Cup 2019 Betting Tips
We’ve already mentioned just how much this tournament favours the home team, and so it will come as no shock to learn that England are the pick of our Cricket World Cup 2019 betting tips at odds of 3.10.
They are ranked number one in the world according to the ICC when it comes to the 50-over game, and the performances they have delivered in beating the likes of India and the West Indies in recent times.
Cricket is a sport played in different conditions all over the world. In England, it is typically cooler in the summer, with lots of cloud (which helps the ball to swing) and softer ground. In India it is usually hotter, which makes the pitches dustier and more conducive to spin bowling, while in the Caribbean the ball tends to bounce higher with the ground baked by the red-hot sun.
It's for that reason that England are outstanding value to lift their first ever Cricket World Cup trophy.
For those seeking some long-odds value, New Zealand at 11.00 have looked very impressive of late in beating Bangladesh, but you could argue that the West Indies, at 21.00, are an excellent price too.
Just look at that batting line-up: Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Jason Holder, Shimron Hetmyer….these are all players that can win a match on their own.
And that’s before we mention players who, exiled largely from the international game, could return for the World Cup: Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis, Andre Russell and co.
If they can get their strongest team out, the Windies will be a match for anyone.