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Somerset vs Gloucestershire Betting Tips 18/07/2021

Teams Status

Somerset

Somerset sealed their place in the last eight of the 2021 Vitality Blast by thrashing Glamorgan by 74 runs on Friday night. New Zealand batter Devon Conway was instrumental in the victory as he batted from start to finish and his unbeaten 70 helped Somerset amass 181-5.

Then, in the second innings, Somerset unleashed its trio of left-arm spinners on Glamorgan and they didn’t know what him them. Lewis Goldsworthy and Roelof van der Merwe picked three wickets apiece, while Jack Leach grabbed a pair as Somerset bundled out Glamorgan for a mere 107 and staked their claim as one of the teams to look out for in the playoffs.

What’s scary is that Somerset were without their England internationals Lewis Gregory and Tom Banton for this game. It should be an indication of the amount of talent on Somerset’s books and their playoffs rivals should take note.

Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire will be kicking themselves for missing out on a chance to seal their playoffs berth on Friday night when they got defeated by Surrey – a side that has been a constant thorn for them in recent memory.

Surrey defeated Glos in last year’s semi-finals and then kept them from qualifying for the quarter-finals this time. Fortunately for Jack Taylor and co, they will have another shot at making the cut this Sunday against the highflying Somerset, who might take their foot off the accelerator on account of having already sealed their qualification.

The defeat means that Surrey leapfrogged Gloucestershire, who now must beat Somerset to have a chance of progression.

As already discussed enough and also acknowledged by Taylor himself, Gloucestershire’s problem has been their inability to capitlise on hot starts. Apart from Glenn Phillips, no one in their middle-order has looked comfortable in the middle overs, which has kept them from fulfilling their true potential.

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Somerset are the favourites here. MelBet has Somerset priced at 1.744 and Gloucestershire at 2.096. Meanwhile, Bet365 and Betway both have Somerset available for 1.72 and Gloucestershire for 2.10.


Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Gloucestershire to win @ 2.10

Granted that Somerset are on a roll this season and are near the summit of the group but Glos need the result far more. Not to mention the fact that before this campaign, Gloucestershire had notched three straight wins over Somerset  – all close results but still. On the basis of that, we back Taylor and co to overcome their shortcomings and produce a clutch result. This play can be found on both Betway and Bet365.

Tip: Glenn Phillips to score over 26.5 runs @ 1.832

New Zealanders have done exceptionally well in the Vitality Blast campaign, with Glenn Phillips being another one of them. He has been mister reliable for Gloucestershire, and in such an important game, we think he will not disappoint. At the very least, he will cover the 26.5 runs spread, which comes with the odds of 1.832. The play can be found on MelBet.

Conclusion

Truth be told, this can go either way but it can go Gloucestershire’s way if Somerset decides to rest some of their key players as indicated above.

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