It was a comprehensive start to the Twenty20 World Cup for England thanks to a comfortable win over Afghanistan, while Ireland were demolished by Sri Lanka in their opener. Which way are our Ireland vs England betting tips swinging?
In our complete match preview below, we analyse the form, the need to know stats, and uncover the best live cricket satta rates to help you find some winners with Pure Win.
The action gets underway from 9.30 am IST on Wednesday 26th October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
We won’t beat around the bush - not even a rivalry as deep as this can persuade us from veering from the oddsmakers for our Ireland vs England betting tips. The Three Lions are strong favourites and with very good reason.
Not only do they have the better side on paper, they come into this tournament as one of the most in-form teams in world cricket. They swept aside Australia in the build up to this tournament, and are one of the favourites to win the whole thing.
Meanwhile, Ireland are into the Super 12s after a magnificent performance against the West Indies, but were pretty ordinary against Zimbabwe and only some late hitting from Curtis Campher got them over the line against Scotland.
The Three Lions are available to back at odds of 1.06, while Ireland to cause a massive upset is backable at 8.4.
England will win, but it’s too short to have a meaningful bet! Instead, look at our cricket predictions below for bigger returns!
Is this the tournament where Sam Curran cements his status as one of the world’s best bowling all-rounders? He started off with a bang - taking five wickets in a demolition job of Afghanistan on Saturday.
He’s indispensable for England - since September, he has played nine Twenty20 internationals, taking 17 wickets at 14.2 per wicket on average.
He’s a good bet to top the rankings once again at odds of 4.5.
A good five-wicket win over Afghanistan on Saturday was set up by Curran (5/10 from four overs) and the bowlers, reducing them to 112 all out before knocking them off with five wickets to spare - Liam Livingstone hitting 29 not out from 21 balls to lead his side to victory.
Despite the comfortability of the win does not mean Jos Buttler is getting carried away - he believes every single game poses a challenge.
He spoke to reporters before the game, saying: “Every game is really tough in this T20 World Cup.One-off games against anyone, anything can happen and individuals can win a game on their own. It is going to be a really tough match.”
Showers are predicted for Wednesday, and Buttler insists his team are ready to adapt if rain affects the number of overs in the match. “It is really important to take every game in isolation and play your best available team for that day and those conditions. You have a little idea of things you might do if those kinds of things happen.”
He’s destructive, can hit a long ball, and has been in good form lately. We think he could be a good bet to finish top scorer for England at odds of 3.5.
Jos Buttler (capt & wk), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
After smashing the West Indies, a devastating loss to Sri Lanka has damned the mood in the Irish camp. A superior England side are not going to take half measures as they aim to boost the net run rate.
However, Boyd Rankin, who performed for both countries, believes Ireland should be confident of getting a result.
He said: “"It's a special fixture to be a part of, and hopefully we [Ireland] can put up a good show. They're playing good T20I cricket right now, but we've shown in the past that we can beat them and there's no reason why we can't do so again this week. Perhaps not our younger players, but a few guys in our squad will have come up against these guys in county cricket quite regularly. There should be nothing to fear.”
We know he can blow hot and cold, but Paul Stirling is an international class opening batsman. He can top score for Ireland at odds of 3.6.
Andy Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy.
It’s the first-ever Twenty20 international clash between the two - we are backing England to take the lead.
Rain has been a common theme throughout the start of this tournament, and we’re set to see some more on Wednesday. Here’s hoping we get a full day’s play in!
This one can go to England - they have too good a team not to seal the points!