England have saved their best form at the Cricket World Cup for the better opposition and this means they have the capabilities of beating Sri Lanka in the quarter finals.
Shock losses to Ireland and Bangladesh have been particularly memorable for England at the World Cup, but punters should also remember that they avoided defeat against all three other sides that reached the last eight from Group B.
The victory over South Africa and draw with India should provide solid hope, with England 6/4 to beat Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup betting.
Meanwhile, England have triumphed in six of their previous eight World Cup meetings with Sri Lanka.
England have struggled largely to rotate the strike off spin bowlers in the tournament so far and this will give Sri Lanka confidence, as they have two of the best exponents of this in their ranks in the form of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis.
Furthermore, Lasith Malinga has had a fairly quiet World Cup by his standards and it would be no surprise to suddenly see him spring into action.
Sri Lanka are 8/15 to beat England and move into the semi finals.
Top England Runscorer
With 225 considered a par score on the Colombo pitch and England winning just two of their seven one-day games there, the main emphasis is finding someone to bat through the innings.
Jonathan Trott has proven steady in this role for England in recent times and is currently their top runscorer at the tournament.
Trott’s betting odds are 7/2 to score the most runs for England against Sri Lanka, while Ian Bell may be worth considering at 4/1 in this market, given that he is perhaps one of the better players of spin in the team.
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