Sri Lanka v England 1st Test – Betting Tips and Prediction
Despite their changes, England are rightly the favourites to get the job done here should they get enough time.
However, Sri Lanka do have a good record at this ground and the weather might also be a huge hindrance to the tourists’ hopes.
Backing the draw looks the value bet at 4.20 with Funbet. Sri Lanka showed some battling qualities against South Africa recently, especially in the first Test.
That suggests they can avoid a collapse against a much-changed England outfit. With a few rain delays also expected it would be no surprise to see the contest head to a decider in the second Test.
Back Root for Man of the Match
If there is to be a winner and star performer then picking someone from the England team looks a good bet.
Picking the man of the match is always a longshot bet but can pay at bigger prices if you get it right.
Joe Root did well the last time England visited and warmed up for this first Test with a half-century in an intra-squad practice match.
The fact England are without Moeen Ali also means the captain could be needed to do some bowling too. His spin bowling deserves more overs that he gives himself and he is more than capable of taking wickets.
Backing him to be man of the match at 8.0 with bet365 looks worth a go.
Take on Out-of-form Mendis
Kusal Mendis heads into this game on the back of three successive ducks out in South Africa.
He looks low on confidence and a return to home comforts may not be enough against this England side.
Backing Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne to outscore him in the first Test looks a great bet at 2.1 with bet365.
Karunaratne hit 256 in three matches against England in 2018-19 and just smashed a fine century in Johannesburg.
Read our round-up of the best bets for this match to help with your predictions.