England v Pakistan betting tips for Champions Trophy 2017 can be found at the end of this article. The first semi-final of the 2017 Champions Trophy will be played between hosts England and rank outsiders Pakistan as they go head to head on Wednesday, June 14.
Venue: Cardiff, Wales
Time: 10.30 am local (3 pm India time)
It’s been a strange sort of a competition in some ways, with England having made the semi-final with so much ease while Pakistan having entered the last-four stage as well but having not been expected to get there.
England’s passage to the semi-finals saw them win all their three games in the league stage of the competition. No other team managed that. What would have also given them a lot of confidence is the way they sent their arch-rivals Australia out of the competition – something that they have been at the receiving end of in recent times.
On the contrary, Pakistan were stung by their first game defeat at the hands of India but came back strongly, scrapped their way to a win over South Africa and then edged out Sri Lanka in a thriller to ensure their final four qualification.
If the win over the number one side, South Africa was unexpected, their performance against Sri Lanka would have given them hope they can overturn any situation and win matches from there.
Can Pakistan stun their opponents or will England live up to their favourites billing? England v Pakistan betting tips for this Champions Trophy game below.
Pakistan might want to make one change to their playing XI for this game against England as they look to bring in Shadab Khan for Fahim Ashraf. Shadab is a leggie who could make it tougher for the English batsmen than he might have for Sri Lanka.
Pakistan’s expected playing XI:
Azhar, Zaman, Hafeez, Azam, Malik, Sarfaraz, Imad, Shadab, Hasan, Amir, Junaid.
England gave Jason Roy his chances but now that he hasn’t done too well, he could be replaced. In comes Jonny Bairstow in his place if the net sessions are any indication.
England’s expected playing XI:
Bairstow, Hales, Root, Morgan, Buttler, Stokes, Moeen, Rashid, Ball, Wood, Plunkett
England v Pakistan head to head in ODIs:
The two teams have played each other 81 times and England lead the head to head 49-30 with two other matches having ended in no-results. The more recent head to head is 8-2 in favour of England.
England v Pakistan betting tips:
England to win: 1/3
Root to top-score for England: 5/2
Azhar to top-score for Pakistan: 7/2