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England vs West Indies Betting Tips 23/10/2021

Teams Status

England

Of all the big sides contending for the title, England are the one with the least amount of preparation for the T20 World Cup.

First, a number of their top players did not play the Indian Premier League and missed out on valuable acclimatization to the UAE conditions.

Then, they opted out of their tour of Pakistan, not only inviting a barrage of condemnation but also passing up on the chance of testing themselves against a top side.

It means that the last competitive T20I they played was in Manchester way back in July.

They did play a pair of warm-ups recently, losing to India but beating New Zealand, but those are hardly good substitutes for the intensity produced in actual matches.

Good thing is that they have a lot of talent on their hands, even if some of their first-choice players are out injured (Sam Curran) or only just regained fitness (Ben Stokes).

West Indies

Like England, the West Indies, too, have an overabundance of tailor-made T20 talent, which helps them remain competitive no matter who is injured and what the crisis.

Also, like England, the Caribbean Kings, too, have not played a T20I series recently to get back in rhythm. Their last competitive assignment was a Test series at home against Pakistan.

They lost both their warm-ups — one to Pakistan and another against Afghanistan — as well and seemed almost uninterested.

That said, you can still expect the West Indies of the World Cup to be a different West Indies. The mercurial Calypsos are naturally comfortable playing this format and can come alive any time no matter what their results have been. It’s an argument that doesn’t hold for an all-format side such as England but does for the West Indies.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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England are the favourites for this fixture. 22Bet has England priced at 1.67 and West Indies at 2.2, Betway has England available for 1.66 and West Indies for 2.25. Lastly, Dafabet has England priced at 1.69 and West Indies at 2.22.


Tipster’s Angle

Tip: England to win @ 1.69

In the warm-up defeat to India, England’s top six batsmen all contributed in double figures. In the subsequent win over New Zealand, five of the top seven scored in double digits. Their powerful batting unit is already clicking. The West Indies, meanwhile, seem lethargic. They might come alive later in the tournament but as of now, they seem to want to take their time. The play, therefore, is to back England to win this fixture at odds of 1.69 with Dafabet.

Tip: Jason Roy Total Runs Under (21.5)

Jason Roy averages an abysmal 5 runs per innings in T20Is played against the West Indies. Granted that he’s only ever played three matches against the Calypsos, we still think there is a budding pattern here. The spread is 21.5 runs (22Bet), which is more than four times the number he averages against the Windies. Thus, this play is worth a shot – even if a small one.

Conclusion

England are the stronger unit, of that there is not an iota of doubt. But, the Windies bring x-factor to the table and can demolish, not just upset, anyone on their day. We think they will have their days but not in this game.

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