Australia and England (11/8f – World Cup Outright) go head-to-head for a place in the World Cup final at Edgbaston on Thursday and history is on the side of the tournament hosts ahead of the hotly-anticipated match.
England won their last two group matches against India and New Zealand to finish third in the standings and the number one ranked ODI team in the world appear to have got their mojo back.
As for Australia, they lost to South Africa in their last group game to slip down to second and the men from Down Under now head to a ground they have not triumphed at for nearly two decades.
The Aussies, who are 5/2 with Betfred to win the tournament, last won an ODI in Birmingham in 1993, while England have won ten straight across all formats at Edgbaston – including their last four ODIs.
Eoin Morgan’s side have been boosted by the return of Jason Roy, who has scored 66 and 60 on his last two outings, and his comeback from injury has also helped his fellow opener Jonny Bairstow, who has scored back-to-back centuries (Bairstow 5/2 – England Top Run Scorer).
Australia’s opening duo of David Warner (638) and Aaron Finch (507) have also been in magnificent form and they are the second and fourth-highest run scorers in the tournament respectively.
In terms of bowling, the Aussies have left-arm quick Mitchell Starc, who has taken 26 wickets from nine innings to lead the tournament’s wicket-taker standings, to call upon.
The 29-year-old took 4-43 in the win over England earlier in the competition and he is the 2/1 Betfred favourite to take the most wickets for his team in Thursday’s encounter.
Jofra Archer has been England’s top bowler with 17 wickets to his name and he is the shortest price at 9/4 to take the most scalps for his side in Birmingham, while fellow quick Mark Wood is priced at 10/3.