England Are Better Than Australia At Football And ODI Cricket
England and Australia are in the football World Cup. The former will do well to progress beyond the quarter-finals while the latter are also-rans who will struggle to get out of a group that also involves France, Peru and Denmark. Things are somewhat different in the world of one day cricket. England are number one in the world rankings and Australia are the world champions in this form of the game. Both sides have a much better chance of being the world champions in cricket than football in the next respective World Cups. ENGLAND are 16/1 with William Hill to win the football version and AUSTRALIA can be backed at 1000/1 with Coral.
England and Australia are in the opposite sides of the draw in the World Cup and they can only meet in the 3rd/4th place playoff match or final. Today the nations meet at The Oval in the first of five One Day Internationals that take place before the end of June. There are no Ashes Tests this summer but five ODI’s should fill the grounds and keep the money flowing. In theory any sporting contest between England and Australia means something but there are now so many competitions and matches in the cricket calendar that the scarcity value of the clash has gone. England lost to another old enemy in Scotland in a ODI last Sunday but won’t be so complacent today.
England have beaten Australia in seven of their last 10 meetings in 50 overs matches with a white ball. The middle order collapsed against Scotland but the lower order batsman bailed out the team. England’s batting depth has taken the side to the pinnacle of the cricket one day format. One shock defeat does not negate the progress made in recent years. ENGLAND are the team to back at 4/7 with Ladbrokes.
There is too much racing today with five Flat meetings taking place in Britain and they race over jumps at Punchestown in Ireland. It really is the calm before the storm of Royal Ascot next week which is the best Flat meeting in the world but not quite as good as the Cheltenham Festival. There are three lucrative handicaps at Chelmsford City on the All-Weather today and the standout bet is in the 4.20pm contest. BOSHAM races of a winnable mark so is the nap at 9/2 with Betfair.