Champions Trophy: England v Bangladesh preview and betting tips

Last Updated June 01 2017, 10:24Cricket
Liam Plunkett
Liam Plunkett

Dave Tickner has 8/1 and 9/1 picks for England's Champions Trophy opener against Bangladesh at The Oval.

Recommended Bets: England v Bangladesh


1pt Ben Stokes top England batsman at 9/1 – in fine form and has top-scored for England in three of last 13

1pt Liam Plunkett top match bowler at 8/1 – Yorkshire paceman has taken at least three wickets in five of his last seven ODIs

Click here for our transparent tipping record   

England kick off the 2017 Champions Trophy with, on paper, the easiest assignment they will face on their way to, they hope, the final at The Oval in 18 days’ time.

But, while England - who had won eight ODIs in a row before Monday’s dead-rubber defeat to South Africa - are tournament favourites and short-price jollies here, this is no penalty kick.

Bangladesh may have only beaten England four times ever in ODIs, but those four wins have all come within the last seven meetings, and include well-deserved victories for the Tigers at the last two World Cups.

That two of those four Bangladesh victories have come at Bristol and Adelaide also suggests that sub-continent conditions are no prerequisite for an upset here. And while early June might not be the ideal time of year for Bangladesh, certainly The Oval would be high on the list of English grounds where they might fancy their chances.

Both teams are far stronger now than they were at that World Cup down under, and the three-match series that England edged 2-1 in Bangladesh last October was a very decent one. The result was probably fair, but certainly England did not have everything their own way.

Bangladesh at 4/1 certainly make more appeal than England at 1/5, but I’d want to know the Tigers have won the toss and are bowling first before getting involved. Certainly if Bangladesh are in the field at 1030 and still available at anything around 7/2 they will be worthy of support.

One bet that really does catch the eye - again, especially if England bat first - is Ben Stokes all the way out at 9/1 to be the hosts’ top batsman on the day.

While his bowling is hampered by a knee injury, there has been no issue with Stokes’ batting in recent weeks, and he has returned from a successful IPL stint looking better than ever.

Stokes’ talent has long been obvious, but it has taken a while for him to really show it consistently in ODI cricket. Over the last year, though, he has kicked on.

Having batted down at seven and eight in his early days in England blue, he is now firmly established at number five in England’s power-packed top seven, and has delivered consistent results this year. Seven times in his last 13 ODIs he has gone past 50, converting two of those to three-figure scores. Crucially for us, he has top-scored three times during that run – and 3/13 is improved to 3/9 when he bats at five. 

There are risks here, of course. England’s top four is packed with quality and could mean we don’t even get a run for our money, especially if England are chasing a moderate total. And if England bat first, a particularly strong start could see Jos Buttler elevated above Stokes in the order to unleash some mayhem, although on current form it’s debatable whether that would be worthwhile.

But these concerns seem to be more than built into a big price and I’m happy to take a chance here.

Another England player who looks a touch overpriced to go well is Liam Plunkett, who has been the side’s major wicket threat in 50-over cricket this year.

We’re taking his absence from the side at Lord’s on Monday as evidence that he’s definitely in the first XI for the Champions Trophy given the other players rested that day, and fully expect him to be involved in this one.

There’s nothing complicated about recommending him here; his last seven ODI performances have returned the following analyses (most recent first): 3-64, 1-42, 3-23, 0-14, 3-27, 3-32, 4-40. That’s three or more wickets in five of his last seven, with 17 wickets at one every 19 balls during that run.

He’s 4/1 to be top England bowler here, but Stan James offer 8/1 in the top match bowler and that looks an even better shout – especially if England do wind up chasing a small total to restrict the opportunities for the likes of Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan.

 Where to watch on TV: Sky Sports 2, 1000 BST

Posted at 1645 BST on 31/05/17. 

Most Read

The latest transfer news for Friday July 201

Transfer Daily: latest updates

The latest transfer rumours and completed deals with Chelsea reported to be in talks with Juventus over a big-name striker.

Check out horse racing tipster Ben Linfoot's latest Value Bet selections2

Value Bet: Cook to serve it up

Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bet selections on Weatherbys Super Sprint day at Newbury, with two taken against the field in the feature race.

Sporting Life columnist Richard Fahey on his weekend team3

Richard Fahey: Super chances

Richard Fahey talks us through his six-strong team for the Weatherbys Super Sprint while pondering his next move with Sands Of Mali in his latest column.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action4

Saturday's racing preview

Projection is Anita Chambers' best bet for Saturday and she has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Check out the latest tips from Simon Holt5

Simon Holt: Kim Super bet

Simon Holt previews Saturday's feature action at Newbury and has two best bets - including Little Kim in the Weatherbys Super Sprint.

Most Read

The latest transfer news for Friday July 201

Transfer Daily: latest updates

The latest transfer rumours and completed deals with Chelsea reported to be in talks with Juventus over a big-name striker.

Check out horse racing tipster Ben Linfoot's latest Value Bet selections2

Value Bet: Cook to serve it up

Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bet selections on Weatherbys Super Sprint day at Newbury, with two taken against the field in the feature race.

Sporting Life columnist Richard Fahey on his weekend team3

Richard Fahey: Super chances

Richard Fahey talks us through his six-strong team for the Weatherbys Super Sprint while pondering his next move with Sands Of Mali in his latest column.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action4

Saturday's racing preview

Projection is Anita Chambers' best bet for Saturday and she has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Check out the latest tips from Simon Holt5

Simon Holt: Kim Super bet

Simon Holt previews Saturday's feature action at Newbury and has two best bets - including Little Kim in the Weatherbys Super Sprint.

Racing Tips

Check out horse racing tipster Ben Linfoot's latest Value Bet selections

Value Bet: Cook to serve it up

Ben Linfoot seeks out the best Value Bet selections on Weatherbys Super Sprint day at Newbury, with two taken against the field in the feature race.

Check out the latest tips from Simon Holt

Simon Holt: Kim Super bet

Simon Holt previews Saturday's feature action at Newbury and has two best bets - including Little Kim in the Weatherbys Super Sprint.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action

Saturday's racing preview

Projection is Anita Chambers' best bet for Saturday and she has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Next Race Off
01:21 Prairie Meadows
3
(3)
Fiftyshadesofbay
J: Alex Birzer
6
(6)
Rob's Pal
J: David Cabrera
2
(2)
Real Heat
J: Ramon Vazquez

Football Tips

Neymar in action for Brazil against Serbia

Sporting Life: Tipping record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in July 2018.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

We have two best bets for the World Cup final

World Cup final betting tips

There's a David v Goliath battle in the World Cup final but will France prove just one game too far for Croatia? Paul Higham has two best bets.