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Can England win the 2019 Cricket World Cup on home soil? Get the latest odds for cricket's biggest show

Ben Darvill 14 May 2019
Australia are the reigning champions (credit:JULIAN SMITH/AAP/PA Images)

The Cricket World Cup is fast approaching, and it will bring together the best sides in the world in a festival of cricket in the One Day International format, bringing massive sixes, cartwheeling stumps and outrageous catches to stadiums around England and Wales. What makes this edition of the competition even more exciting is the fact that there are a number of very good teams all in with a chance of winning this one, but who are the main contenders to lift the trophy in 2019?

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1) England @ 9/4 with Unibet

England are a team crammed full of incredible talent in every facet of the game. The likes Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy will be battling for two spots at the top of the order, while the mercurial talent of Joe Root will follow with his ability to score quickly and dig in something that has gotten England out of trouble on more than one occasion. Where England are strongest though is in their ability to bat deep and bring in an incredible amount of powerful hitting. Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan and, best of all, Jos Buttler, continue the batting lineup, with any of the players in the squad able to cut loose and smash the opposition’s bowling attack for big runs. 

If any statistic is needed to prove England’s ability, it is the fact that they currently hold the world records for ODI scores of 481/6 and 444/3. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that these scores came against Australia and Pakistan, two sides in the top tier of cricket, as opposed to against a cricketing minnow. 

England, on their own turf and in their own conditions, will be very confident, and we are confident in them too, with Eoin Morgan’s men the favourites to win in 2019 as the world’s number one ODI side look to show why they are at the top of the world. 

2) India @ 3/1 with Unibet

India come into this tournament with a cluster of very talented players that will really fancy their chances of winning the World Cup. Virat Kohli will lead the side into the tournament as the best batsman in the world, and he will be their talisman throughout. Kohli is astoundingly good at attacking opposition bowlers with a range of fluent shots that makes the captain incredibly difficult to get out. Anyone from Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul and MS Dhoni could feature as India have a wealth of riches to choose from, while Ravindra Jadeja will likely provide a real presence with the ball. India cannot be discounted in the betting for the World Cup and, honestly, they could win a game solely on the contribution of Kohli, he is simply that good. 

3) Australia @ 33/10 with Unibet

Australia are a side we would not recommend backing at the next World Cup. The Aussies have been incredibly inconsistent this year and they are currently missing their two best players. Both Steve Smith and David Warner have been brought back into the World Cup fold after serving their bans, and while Warner was awesome in the IPL, averaging just short of 70, Smith has struggled for form. Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch have looked to make up for the lack of runs in this Australian team, with the former in particular starring. The Aussies have been better in recent months and they will arrive in England someway from being tagged a favourite, which will likely suit them massively. Could their 33/10 price be worth a go? 

4) South Africa @ 9/1 with Unibet

South Africa have been going through a time of transition in 2018 as they seem to be trying to move away from the likes of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, who have made the side so successful over the last few years, although the former has been included in South Africa's World Cup squad despite struggling for form. Instead, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock and David Miller look to be the foundations of the team, while veterans Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir will look to make the most out of their vast array of experience in ODI cricket. Backing South Africa at 9/1 provides good value, but you must question how their younger team will fare against the experience that the likes of England, New Zealand and India have going into the competition. 

5) New Zealand @ 10/1 with Unibet

What a team New Zealand have, and they offer very tasty odds as the turn of the year nears. The Black Caps are 10/1, making them the fifth favourites to win the competition, and we think that means they are a very good shot to win the tournament. Kane Williamson is one of the finest batsmen in the world of cricket today and, in him, New Zealand have a near perfect talisman and captain. His ability to attack the opposition is incredibly impressive, while he thrives on pressure situations that require a cool head and exemplary shot placement. He displayed this ability as he carried the Sunrisers Hyderabad to the IPL 2018 final with a massive 735 runs in 27 innings at an average of 52.50 with a ridiculous eight 50’s in that time. 

Away from Williamson, New Zealand can call upon the likes of Ross Taylor, Colin Munro and Henry Nicholls with the bat, while Trent Boult will be the main threat with the ball as he looks to utilise the grassy and overcast conditions that England has to offer. While New Zealand are not amongst the real favourites to win the competition according to the bookies, we think this makes them an even more attractive prospect, with Williamson and his side a team that should under no circumstances be underestimated

The outsiders

World cricket is not in the strongest position right now with a number of former-heavy weights a shadow of their former-selves. Both the West Indies (14/1) and Sri Lanka (66/1) have been awful this year, with heavy series defeats across all formats of the game in 2018 seeing the sides struggle massively. Neither have the greats of yesteryear, with the likes of Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul true legends for the Windies, while Sri Lanka boasted the likes Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya amongst many others. These days the two sides have been woeful, and a World Cup triumph would be a massive shock. Pakistan are another side that could prove to be good value at 9/1. Pakistan have been building since their ICC Champions Cup triumph in 2017 where they were able to beat both England and India along the way, with 2019’s favourites easily beaten by the side in the end. 

There are a number of different teams that constitute a good bet to win the World Cup in 2019, with world class players in abundance. One player, like Kohli or Williamson can carry a side to a win or the latter-stages of the competition, but cricket is a cruel game, and a scintillating century can be followed by a run of golden ducks, which means backing a team because of one player can be foolish. With this in mind, we feel backing England is the way to go. The number one ranked ODI side have an incredibly well-balanced team with their batting and bowling powerful. Of course, it should be noted that England in any sport have tended to underperform, but with their own fans right behind them, we think they can be the side lifting the trophy at the end of the tournament.

Unibet - World Cup 2019 Winner betting odds:

England - 9/4

India - 3/1

Australia - 33/10

South Africa - 9/1

New Zealand - 10/1

Pakistan - 12/1

West Indies - 14/1

Sri Lanka - 66/1

Bangladesh - 80/1

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