ICC Champions Trophy betting (June 1): England to tame Tigers in opener

Updated: June 1, 2017

The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy kicks-off at The Oval in London tonight (AET) with host nation and tournament favourites England taking on Bangladesh in a Group A match-up. There’s no way we’re taking England at a pre-post price of $1.20 but there’s always value to be had further down the markets, especially with gloomy conditions expected in SE11.


ICC Champions Trophy (group A): England v Bangladesh
Where: The Oval, London, England
When: Thursday, June 1, 7.30pm (AET)
Prices: England $1.20, Bangladesh $4.50

Confirmed betting: Century to be scored/NO (1.25 units @ $1.91), top Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah (0.5 units @ $8.00) top England batsman Jason Roy (0.75 units @ $4.50)

TIW says: With this year’s edition being their eighth tournament and given their recent rise in the limited overs’ format, England will fancy their chances in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, and start this year’s tournament as slight favourites ($3.50) ahead of Australia ($4), South Africa ($4.50) and India ($5.50). Over the course of the previous seven tournaments England have won over half of their games, emerging victorious in 11 from 21 matches and losing ten. Of the current England one-day side, just three players – captain Eoin Morgan (pictured below), Joe Root and Jos Buttler – have featured at the ICC Champions Trophy before.

James Anderson, who hasn’t played an ODI for his country since 2015, has made the most appearances at the tournament for England (12). Morgan has confirmed Ben Stokes is likely to bowl against Bangladesh in this opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy. Stokes, who is crucial to England’s chances of lifting the trophy, has been struggling with a knee injury and was forced to sit out the final one-day international against South Africa on Monday. Chris Woakes is also available for selection after missing two games in the one-day series against the Proteas. Surprisingly, Johnny Bairstow is likely to be left out of the side with Jason Roy and Sam Billings set to play.


Bangladesh will be competing in the tournament for the first time since 2006, after failing to qualify for the previous two editions (2009 and 2013) because of their low ranking. Even though they hosted the first edition of the ICC Champions Trophy (then known as the ICC KnockOut Trophy) Bangladesh couldn’t participate as they didn’t have Test stature. In their four tournament appearances in the ICC Champions Trophy, Bangladesh have progressed from the group stages but they emerged victorious in both recent outings against England in the ICC Cricket World Cup. They handed the English side a two-run defeat in 2011, then knocked England out of the group stage in 2015 event to qualify for the knockout stage for the first time.

That win came primarily hanks to Mahmudullah’s memorable century at the Adelaide Oval. The Tigers racked up 342 in their opening warm-up match against Pakistan (Tamim Iqbal smashed 102 off 93 balls), a match they eventually lost by two wickets with three balls remaining. Bangladesh then earned a hard-fought victory over New Zealand in the final match of a tri-series in Dublin, which will inject plenty of confidence as they encounter English conditions. In opener Tamim Iqbal, all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan, skipper and fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza and keeper Mushfiqur Rahim they have all the main bases covered.



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to bet365 (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games will follow in the next post.

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