Today’s Sports Betting Preview – By Rick Elliott
There is now too much international cricket and the Test format could be radically changed or sacrificed for shorter versions of the game. England are now embarking on a tour of Sri Lanka just a month after completing a five match home Test series against India. There is now no close season for international cricketers for the detriment of the game in the five day format. Sri Lanka and England meet in five One Day Internationals but just three Tests and there is the obligatory Twenty20 international. ENGLAND are number one in the ODI rankings so should be backed to win the five 50 overs contests series in Sri Lanka at 4/9.
The home team have won just 14 of their last 56 ODI’s and in this format there is rarely a draw or no definite result. Sri Lanka have suffered three 5-0 drubbings in the format over the last two years. The first match today is a day/night affair in Dambulla that begins at 10am. The match may have started by the time you read this preview but you can bet in-play. England have the superior batsmen and bowlers in white ball cricket so can win this match and the series. The pre-match odds are restrictive and you might do better if Sri Lanka start well. You should not avoid the obvious so back ENGLAND at 2/5 with William Hill to win the first ODI match against Sri Lanka.
The only football match of note in Europe tonight is Italy’s home international friendly against Ukraine. There has been some soul searching after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup. The match is being played in Genoa in memory of fatalities of the bridge tragedy. The best result is a DRAW at 12/5 with Coral.
Cork in Ireland stages a decent Flat meeting which features two competitive handicaps and a listed race over one mile and half a furlong (3.05). Fillies and mares and horses aged three get both allowances and that advantage could be crucial. SHIP OF DREAMS is a filly aged three so gets up to eleven pounds from the older colts. That edge cannot be ignored so the horse should be backed today at 9/4 with bet365.