Champions Trophy betting tips, predictions & odds for 2017 here. While India kick-start the 2017 Champions Trophy as the defending champions, bookmakers world over aren’t counting them as the favourites to lift the trophy yet again? We explore who could win the Champions Trophy 2017 that begins from June 1.
- Game 1: England v Bangladesh betting tips
- Game 2: Australia v New Zealand betting tips
- Game 4: India v Pakistan betting tips
It comes as bit of a surprise that the bookmakers haven’t installed India as favourites for this edition of the Champions Trophy, but when you have the hosts England in fine ODI form, Australia coming off as the defending World Cup champions and South Africa entering the Champions Trophy as the team to watch out, it comes as a little lesser surprise.
Let’s examine the two groups then.
In Group A, hosts England are joined by Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh.
Bangladesh have been winning ODIs since the end of the 2015 World Cup, in which they had knocked England out of the competition, but a lot of that has been at home. Away from home, with the conditions not exactly in their favour, they might have the tenacity to push teams but don’t expect them to win any games, leaving it to be a three-way fight between Australia, England and New Zealand.
This is a tough group, simply because you expect New Zealand to be quite a handful irrespective of the format, team and conditions. They will always come hard at the opposition and make things difficult for them, which means the so-called favourites in the group – Australia and England – need to be wary of them.
The other Group B is relatively clearer. It has India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Sri Lanka and Pakistan are struggling in this format in recent times and unless they have an odd good day in the office, we could well be looking at India and South Africa to qualify for the semi-finals.
Given recent form, it’s easy to call South Africa favourites to win this group (they are 7/4 to win it as opposed to India’s 15/8), which implies the India-South Africa encounter could prove to be the crucial one here. Expecting India and South Africa to both beat Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
In short, we expect Australia, England, South Africa and India to make the semi-finals after which things get a tad tighter. A tough call on who will win it from there on but South Africa, at 4/1 (bet365) look a good bet. We would suggest trading on South Africa, i.e. cashing out once they get to the semi-final if you have a chance to do that.
England are the favourites at 10/3 (bet365) but the big question on everyone’s mind is if they have the bowling to match their strong batting line-up. One senses the answer is no and that New Zealand could take advantage of that in the group stages of the tournament as well.