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England vs India Betting Winner Prediction

Recommended Bet: Back England to win @ 1.93 with Parimatch

Earlier in the week you could have got odds of 2.2 on England winning this Test. They’re now just a best price of 1.93 with Parimatch.

But they’re still worth backing at those odds.

It’s not just the good form of their key players, the momentum from beating New Zealand 3-0 or their good head-to-head record against India that contributes to us saying that, although of course those are important factors to begin with.

It’s also that India may come into this game a bit undercooked after playing just the one practice match over in the UK.

Getting used to playing in English conditions is never easy and they could have done with having more practice time.

More reasons? Ok. England have beaten India six times out of seven in Tests at Edgbaston and have a very strong record there in general.

India’s best chance may be if the Edgbaston wicket spins and opens the door to Jadeja and Ashwin having the chance to do some real damage.

But then again, it’s unlikely that such a wicket will be prepared or that India will play the pair of them anyway; it’s likely to be one or the other.

There’s also the real possibility India will play this match without Sharma, a big loss. He’s not just a classy opening batsman, he’s also the skipper.

So lots of reasons to go with England. The really fancy odds have gone but these are still worth taking.

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England vs India Betting Winner Prediction

Recommended Bet: Back Jonny Bairstow to be England First Innings Top Batsman @ 5.0 with Betway.

After three Tests and six innings against New Zealand, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow were separated by just two runs, with Root coming out on top with 396 to Bairstow’s 394.

The likes of Stokes and Pope also batted well at times but those two were the outstanding players and in super form.

So with not much to choose between them, we look at their odds.

Root is just 3.2 and deserves to be favourite. We’re not arguing that.

He’s been superb over the last year or so and has scored plenty of runs against India in the past.

But Bairstow is available at considerably bigger odds, is in the form of his life and enjoying his time batting at number five, where he can afford to be aggressive. The vote goes to Bairstow.

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England’s Recent Form

Life could hardly have started any better under new coach Brendon McCullum and new captain Ben Stokes.

Not only did England beat New Zealand 3-0 but there was plenty more to like beyond the result.

They played an aggressive brand of cricket with both bat and ball, always in search of wickets when bowling and playing plenty of attacking shots when batting, whatever the situation of the game.

But above all what they showed was intent. Intent to keep attacking the opposition’s bowlers and intent to chase whatever total was out in front of them in the fourth innings.

Of course, it’s an approach that won’t always work and there will be times when they’ll have to bowl teams out to win Tests, rather than chase big scores.

But they’ll cross that bridge when they come to it and a big plus is how many in-form players they have at the moment.

Old warhorses James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been ably assisted by the promising Matthew Potts, while spinner Jack Leach is fresh from a man-of-the-match performance in the Third Test, after taking 10 wickets in the game.

With the bat all of Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Ollie Pope are in fine form so they come into this match in good shape.

James Anderson will return for Jamie Overton, who had a strong game in the Third Test and is unlucky to miss out.

Ben Foakes was withdrawn from the Third Test after getting Covid and was replaced by Sam Billings. If Foakes recovers he’ll play. If not, Billings keeps his place.

Opening batsman Zak Crawley is one of the few in poor form but should get another chance.

England’s Likely XI

Lees, Crawley, Pope, Root, Stokes, Bairstow, Foakes/Billings, Potts, Broad, Leach, Anderson.

India’s Recent Form

Since India played that Fourth Test against India back in September last year, it’s been something of a mixed bag of results for them.

They beat New Zealand 1-0 at home in a two-match Series and also comfortably beat Sri Lanka 2-0 at home, also a two-match Series, back in March.

But in between that they lost a Series in South Africa away 2-1 and this after winning the First Test. It was a Series defeat that was a big factor in Virat Kohli resigning the captaincy, which was eventually given to Rohit Sharma, now skipper in all three formats.

So here’s a side that’s virtually unbeatable at home but not always so consistent when they move away from the low, slow, dust bowls they like so much back home.

There are a few selection issues.

Sharma is recovering from Covid but is likely to be fit. If he isn’t, one of Mayank Agarwal or Chet Pujara could open in his place.

If Sharma does play, Pujara could well bat at three instead with Kohli at four and Shreyas Iyer at five, who’s started extremely well in his short career in Tests.

The Indian management love Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round skills so he’s likely to play with the only question being whether Ravi Ashwin plays alongside him or misses out, like he did last year.

All of that means Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami are certain to play with the third seamer spot being a straight shootout between veteran Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Siraj.

India’s Likely XI

Sharma, Gill, Pujara, Kohli, Iyer, Pant, Jadeja, Thakur, Shami, Siraj, Bumrah.

England vs India Head-to-Head

Time to look at the England v India head to head.

These two have played each other 129 times since their first encounter way back in 1932. England are 49-31 ahead on wins.

But interestingly, it’s actually the draw that has popped up the most times with 50 draws played out over the years.

The draw would do India just fine here as they would win the Series 2-1 if that were to happen. It’s 4.4 with Parimatch that this one ends in a draw.

Venue & conditions

The fact that this match is at Edgbaston is not good news for India.

They’ve played England there in Tests on seven occasions and lost six of them, the exception being a drawn match back in 1986.

The last time they played here was in 2018, with England winning by 31 runs after India failed to chase the target score of 194.

Sam Curran, not involved in this game, was man-of-the-match with wickets and runs but there were some other notable performances from players who will play here and also featured in that game four years ago.

Root and Bairstow got 80 and 70 respectively in the first innings and Kohli scored a brilliant 149 the first time he batted. Ashwin also had a good game, taking seven wickets in the match.

Edgbaston isn’t just a happy hunting ground for England against India, they tend to do well there against all opposition, aided by extremely vocal local support.

There’s a decent chance of rain for the first two days but the weather should be pretty decent for the last three so we don’t expect too many overs to be lost.

Author: Shawn Burton