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Root and Archer to star for England again? Get England vs Afghanistan tips

Ben Darvill 17 Jun 2019
Joe Root of England (credit:Cal Sport Media/SIPA USA/PA Images)

Can England make it three wins in a row at the Wrold Cup, or will Afghanistan pick up their first points of the tournament? Read on for our best bets for this World Cup clash.

England vs Afghanistan Predictions

England come into their fifth game of the World Cup as massive favourites for victory, with the Three Lines back in form following their shock defeat in their second match. A win over South Africa came in comfortable circumstances but they were then shocked by Pakistan as they failed to chase down a target of 349. However, they immediately hit back by smashing 386/6 against Bangladesh which helped them to secure a 106 run win which, in turn, set them up nicely to beat the West Indies by eight wickets in their last match. Afghanistan meanwhile have struggled massively in their opening four games as they are yet to secure a single point form the competition. Losses to Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and South Africa sees the side already six points short of England in fourth, while they are a further two behind Australia at the top, and any slim hopes of fighting for a spot in the semi-finals already look very optimistic. 

To Score A Fifty 

Here, we think England will once again show why they are so good with the bat. Their exploits across the tournament has seen the hosts score in excess of 300 in three of their last four, with that fourth game one in which they chased down a target of 213 with ease. One man that is pivotal in that match was Joe Root. With Jason Roy unable to bat due to injury, Root was elevated from number three to opener, and he was superb as he proved that he is a batsman that is comfortable anyway as he knocked a fantastic score of 100 not out from 94 to help England to an eight wicket win. As things stand, Root has been able to notch an impressive 279 runs in four innings at an average of 93.00, meaning he is the fourth highest scoring batsman in the competition after a fine start to the summer. With this in mind, we feel backing Root to go past the 50 run mark is the way to go, with the number three likely to be pushed back to his more comfortable position at three. 

Top England Wicket Taker 

England boast an array of incredibly impressive bowling talent and it can be quite tough to work out who will be the man on top in any given game. However, new-boy Jofra Archer has been catching the eye this summer as he continually takes wickets at important times. A trio of three wicket-hauls has underlined his ability, with figure of 3/27, 3/29 and 3/30 seeing the quick put the opposition under severe pressure. Archer is currently going at 11/4 with Coral to be England’s top wicket taker while the likes of Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood are all up next at 7/2. With the pace Archer provides and the frailty of the Afghanistan batting lineup, we think the youngster will swell his wicket taking stats, and we are backing him to end as England’s top bowler. 

England vs Afghanistan Winner Betting Odds

England to win: 1/25 @ Coral

Afghanistan to win: 9/1 @ Coral 

England & Afghanistan Last 3 ODI Results


14/6/2019 - England (213/2) beat West Indies (212) by 8 wickets 

8/6/2019 - England (386/6) beat Bangladesh (280) by 106 runs

3/6/2019 - Pakistan (348/8) beat England (334/9) by 14 runs 


15/6/2019 - South Africa (131/1) bat Afghanistan (125) by 9 wickets 

8/6/2019 - New Zealand (173/3) beat Afghanistan (172) by 7 wickets 

4/6/2019 - Sri Lanka (201) beat Afghanistan (152) by 34 on DLS method 

England vs Afghanistan Predictions

Looking for coverage of every match this summer? See our Cricket World Cup betting tips for the best bets and advice from our team of experts. 

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