The year is going to be a fun time for cricket lovers and of course for cricket bettors also. There is a World Cup, IPL, Ashes test championship, and some thorny bilateral series and all in one year. Cricket fans and betters alike want to know the outcome of these tournaments and want some important predictions from cricket gurus in this regard, so they can place their bets with the best bookmakers around, such as 1xbet, bet365, 10cric and William Hill. We are going to provide the best preview and important predictions to give an idea what ordinary cricket fans should expect this year as far as cricket is concerned.
World Cup in England
The most celebrated event of the cricket is finally here to cherish the cricket fans. Cricket World Cup outcome cannot be easily predicted as every team prepared well to participate in this event, this is why we had seen so many upsets in previous world cups. We start with England, the hosts of the world cup and most favorite team as well to win this year mega event. England’s batting is deep from Morgan to Joe Root, they have some real firepower in batting. When it comes to bowling unit England has a decent bowling attack as well to give a tough time to any opponent team. The other team to watch out is India which has some best batsmen on their sides and a variety of good bowlers as well. South Africa is another team to bet on as they have some real firepower in bowling unit and a moderate batting unit where we can see batsmen like H.Amla and Faf du Plessis are present but the tag of chokers still hounding South African aims to lift the world cup.
Now coming towards the defending champion Australia. Australia is in deep trouble these days with opener Warner and Caption Smith are not part of the team and bowling unit is also fragile. Can Australia defend their title this time? Probably not. Never underestimate a team like New Zealand because they are a bunch of super talented boys that can adjust themselves according to the conditions really fast. The best bet of New Zealand is the captain Kane Williamson which is one of the most talented batsmen and captain these days. Now the unpredictable team that includes Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies. These teams can beat any team on their day so we cannot underestimate them as well.
Our Prediction: Predicting the world cup winner is somewhat a tricky task. Our bet with 888Sport and BetVictor is on England because they have some distinctive advantages on other teams to keep in mind. First England has the best batting combination which includes Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, and Jason Roy. The bowling unit of England is also stable and bowlers like Stuart Broad and Moin Ali can give a challenge to any batsman. Our four top favorites for the world cup are as follows
|Team||Win % Chance||Strength||Weakness|
|England||20||Batting is well supported by Bowling||Shaky in Big Stage|
|India||18||Strong Batting||Weak Middle Order|
|Pakistan||15||Strong Bowling||Weak Batting|
|New Zealand||13||Good batting and fast learning||Too much dependent on Kame Williamson|
|South Africa||10||The strong fast Bowling attack||Chokers+ Unexperienced Middle order|
|Australia||8||Strong fast Bowling||Weak batting|
|Sri Lanka||6||Resilient Squad||Weak batting+ Unexperienced|
|West Indies||5||Good Hitters in batting sides||Weak bowling|
|Bangladesh||3||Ability to upset||Weak fast bowling|
The mega show of T20 with best stars and talent of cricket to showcase power in the 12th edition of IPL this year. This year, IPL is expected to be different than the previous editions as team Delhi devils are coming in different name “Delhi Capitals” and some significant switching of players this year as Kohli to play for RCB this year. If we look at all 8 teams of IPL they are well balanced at the moment. Those teams having greater number of quality batsmen can have a better chance to clinch the cup this year due to a better conditions for bating on the Indian pitches. Currently, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are the most successful teams in IPL with 3 titles each for both teams. Online cricket betting is going to boom again this IPL and online cricket betting sites are going to crash once again this year.
Our Prediction: After analyzing all teams plus points and weaknesses we are predicting Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Victory this year by placing bets at 22bet and Comeon!. RCB has a really strong team this time with players like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers on their side with both having the best record on the Indian pitches.
This year Ashes is going to be held in England in summer season starting from 1st August. The series will be played after the world cup so has little attraction for now as all eyes are on world cup as far as England summer season cricket is concerned. We can expect the return of the banned trio of Australia that includes the former captain Smith also. The return of banned trio can help Australia up to an extent but the conditions do not seem suitable for Aussies to win this Ashes. Overall this Ashes series will be worth watching, some close encounters are also expected. English team seems more balanced and has the advantage of home conditions but we can expect some fight back from the Australian team. It will be hard for the English team to fill the gap of the former test captain Alastair Cook as the opening problem can be greatly visible this time. The players to watch in English side are Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moin Ali, Stuart Broad, and Jimmy Anderson. The Aussies team can hope for the return of Smith and Warner, besides these two players Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja can also play an important role for the Australian team.
Our Prediction: We are predicting the Ashes series Win for England this year by placing bets with Betonline. This may not be the whitewash but we are pretty sure England can win the series without mammoth challenge.
ICC World Test Championship (2019-2021)
The inaugural edition of test championship will start from July this year after repeated failed attempts by ICC to start it in 2013 and 2017. This event will be unique in nature as it will last for 3 years and includes bilateral series including the Ashes series of this year. 9 top teams of test nations will take part in the competition and all team has to play a total of six series, three at home and three abroad series and at the end top 2 teams have to play final in June 2021. This long tournament is an excellent step to revive the interest of fans in test cricket again. We can expect some nail-biting competitions in the tournament especially between India and England, The Ashes and other similar series.
Our Prediction: As the tournament is too long to predict anything as a lot of ups and downs are expected, but not surprising if England and India reached to play the final in 2021. Therefore we recommend you bet on these two teams at Novibet and Pinnacle.
Important ODI series
Australia tour of India: Australia to tour India in February for 5 ODI’s. This series is very important for deteriorating Australia to regain some ground. Expect this series to be bombastic. Can Australia defeat India this time? No, according to our prediction India will win series 4-1.
India tour of New Zealand: One of the most interesting series of this year is going to take place between India and New Zealand in Jan-Feb this year. Both teams are well balanced and equipped with some lethal bowling and batting talent of the time. With Virat Kohli and Kame Williamson, both considered as the best captains of the present times. Expect this series to be a nail-biting close one. It is hard to predict the result but we are favoring NZ to win the series with the closest margin possible 3-2 thanks to better understanding of the conditions.
Pakistan Series with England: Pakistan and England have to play an important series just before the World Cup in June this year. Series is important for both teams as this will be the final show of strength for both teams to prove their skills and preparation for the world cup. Expect this series to be close and interesting where any team can beat other but we favor England to win the series with a 3-2 margin.
Tri-Nations series in Ireland: A month before the official start of the world cup the Tri-Nation series will be played in Ireland between Ireland-Bangladesh-West Indies between May 5 and 17. All teams are evenly balanced and close encounters can be seen between them. Ireland has the advantage of home conditions but West Indies and Bangladesh are well known for their good cricket. Good news for the West Indies is the expected return of their top players including Bravo brothers and Pollard before the world cup. If this news comes true then we can expect some excellent game from the West Indies. On the other hand, Bangladesh can hope high on Shakib Al Hassan and the all-rounder Mashrafe Mortaza. But our prediction favors West Indies keeping in mind the return of top players of West Indies.
The year is going to be bombastic for cricket fans and online cricket betting sites alike. From enchanting bilateral series to world cup and Ashes we can expect some real fun this year. Everyone has its own ideas to enjoy cricket this year with some have the plans to watch important matches live on the ground while others have the plan to watch on TV. While many people will support their favorite team by betting on that particular team, what will your plan be to enjoy cricket this year?
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