England hoping to regain some confidence against Ireland in ODI one-off after miserable recent form
Ahead of the one-off ODI clash between British Isles rivals Ireland and England in Dublin, Bookies.com provide punters with five top bets from some of our free bet merchants, including Betfred to take.
Peter Moores’ men are in dire form of late, having gone out early of the World Cup and drawing a three-match Test series against a West Indies side missing a number of key players. Ireland, meanwhile, are one of the rising nations in cricket, and this is set to be an interesting battle.
James Taylor is top England batsman – 4/1 with Ladbrokes
Diminutive batter Taylor has been selected to skipper the side against Ireland, as usual captain Eoin Morgan misses out against the country of his birth due to IPL commitments.
The Nottinghamshire player, 25, was one of the few shining lights of the recent World Cup Down Under, as he got a creditable unbeaten 98 against eventual champions Australia, and will hope to impress again.
Adil Rashid is top England bowler – 9/2 with William Hill
Yorkshire leg-spinning all-rounder Rashid was unlucky not to gain his first Test cap against the West Indies, despite being called up for the squad, but can attempt to prove Moores wrong but showing his skills in Dublin.
He was a key player for his county side last season in their Division One success with both bat and ball, but it is with the latter he is hoping to most impress.
Ireland win – 5/2 with Sky Bet
Ireland threatened to cause a shock at the recent World Cup, beating the West Indies and Zimbabwe, but just missed out on qualifying for the knockout rounds on net run rate.
They also beat a stronger-looking England at the previous finals in 2011, so are perfectly capable of winning again, especially on home soil.
Kevin O’Brien is top Ireland batsman – 10/1 with Betfred
Younger O’Brien brother Kevin smashed the crucial century against England to beat them in 2011, and it remains the fastest ever hundred in a World Cup, coming from 50 balls.
First innings hundred – 9/4 with Paddy Power
Centuries are a common occurrence in 50-over matches these days, and whichever side goes into bat first have the talent capable of producing a ton.