Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

The Road to Riches; Epsom Derby Edition

Posted on 31 May 2019 08:44 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham

- Racing, the Epsom Derby and Flat racing at Doncaster, Lingfield and Musselburgh. Also over the jumps at Hexham, Stratford and Worcester.

- Cricket, the Opening weekend of the 2019 World Cup

- Golf, On the USPGA the Memorial at Muirfield Village and on the European Tour the Belgian Knockout.

- Tennis, the French Open continues


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The Epsom Derby (Saturday 4.30pm) by Neil Channing

The first thing to say about The Derby, apart from the fact it's pretty wide-open, is that it's a pretty poor race for betting each-way if you are only being offered 1/5th 123. The 1/5th 1234 with a few firms is Ok but nothing you would get too excited about. I'm going to take the opportunity to bet win only which means I don't really mind betting a colt who might not stay the trip as I'm not having two bets that are heavily corelated, (each-way bets on non-stayers that don't win are quite unlikely to place).

 
 There are thirteen runners this year and just eight are below 33/1. I tried to make a case for those five bigger priced ones and I just couldn't so I've kept it at eight and of those I quickly ruled out Telecaster, who I really like but who may have got the run of the race under a great ride at York and could find this trickier given his draw plus it might be coming a bit soon. I also discarded Japan who has had a troubled preparation and may need a bit more time. The third one I quickly crossed out was the favourite Sir Dragonet, who was obviously hugely impressive when winning easily at Chester but that was just his 2nd run, it was on very soft ground which means winning distances can be exaggerated and although he looked like a proper stayer, this is a fast ground Derby. I left myself with five to consider...
 
 Anthony Van Dyke ran six times as a two-year old and had winning form at Group 2 and 3 so he has plenty of experience and he has run on all kinds of ground. He was favourite for the Lingfield Derby trial, which is often one of the weaker events, and looked to stay pretty well when he won but this was on much softer ground than he faces today and I'd be surprised if he was the best of these.
 
 Broome had five runs as a two-year old and he only managed place form in group class but this season he has easy wins at Group 2 and 3 class and looks likely to stay. He may prefer cut in the ground though and again would be one that sets a fair standard but doesn't get the pulse quickening.
 
 Bangkok was no great shakes as a two-year old but he came out and won a maiden this year before being upped in class to the Sandown trial where he was odds-on and won well enough although the 2nd was pretty unlucky in running. We don't know for sure if he'll stay and I don't think the form is all that strong so I'll rule him out despite the fact the stable are flying as usual.
 
 Circus Maximus ran four times as a juvenile looking like he was going to be better when he got older over further and that is what he gets here. He bolted up at Chester on softish ground and this fast ground must be a question but of the two Chester winners he is the one I like the most at the current prices. I think I may just leave him but if you did want a saver he would be the one.
 
 Madhmoon looks a really fair price to me. He won in Group 2 as a juvenile beating Broome and this year he was 2nd at odds-on in a Guineas trial and then 4th in the Newmarket race itself where he was badly drawn and he stayed on and wasn't beaten far. I like the look of that form so the only question to me is if he'll stay which is something we won't know until tomorrow afternoon. At a double-figure price I'm happy to take the chance.
 
 
 I'm having 12 Points WIN ONLY Madhmoon at 11/1 with Ladbrokes, Corals and others or on the exchanges.

 


One Hundred and….

The Hundred’s player draft, the first player draft system to be adopted in any British sporting competition, has been confirmed for October 20. The team names for the 100-ball competition will also be confirmed at that point ahead of the of the competition next year which will take place over five weeks starting in July.

Men and women's teams will be created from eight cities across England and Wales for the new format which the ECB hopes will draw a new audience to cricket saying it is “ a huge opportunity if we do things a bit differently to get hold of a much wider audience”.

The ECB think it will appeal to “three audiences that we know we can get hold of are young people, sporty families and diverse communities who have got a huge passion for the game”

Of course the reaction from most existing County cricket fans has been negative over the last two years. One of the big concerns for current cricket watches is the impact on other existing formats, notably 50 over cricket.

The ECB said in April

 “The 50-over competition will become a development competition, but that’s a price that has to be paid to fit in the new formats. And it brings certain advantages in helping to develop young players”

On the weekend where a 48 match Cricket world cup starts, it seems strange that the ECB have built the entire 2019 season around England’s attempt to win it and yet are in 2020 marginalising the 50-over game because of the desire to fit The Hundred into a crowded schedule.

As the Hundred will be played at the same time as the Royal London Cup the latter will be without all the top players and overseas stars. This on top of the County Championship now mainly taking place in April and September to accommodate white-ball cricket.

In a Guardian article last week the author said “The ECB took the love cricket supporters have for the game and traded it for more money, money they have now spent trying to finds a solution to the very problems that same deal created”

Fifty-over cricket, the one format of the game that England have been consistently good at for four years, is domestically being replaced in favour of a format which, according to various surveys, around 90% of cricket fans do not want. The only people who want it are the clubs and the people who will make money from it. To justify the negative impact on existing formats, the new competition has to succeed both financially and in opening up new fan bases.


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 25th-26th May

Posted on 23 May 2019 11:23 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, Football League Play Off Finals

- Racing, the Irish 2000 Guineas and Flat racing at Chester, Goodwood, Haydock, Salisbury and York. Also over the jumps at Cartmel and Ffos Las.

- Formula One, the Monaco Grand Prix

- Golf, On the USPGA the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial and on the European Tour the Made in Denmark event.

- Tennis, ATP Opens in Geneva and Lyon


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Free Tip

Monaco Grand Prix (Sunday 1pm)

Mercedes have five one-two finishes in Formula One this season but if there is a track which might see the current 2019 pecking order shaken up a bit it is Monaco.

Red Bull have won here four times in the last nine years including Ricciardo last year who also qualified on pole and the tight streets suits their relatively agile, narrow wheel-base car which in its design is aerodynamically efficient in corners but doesn’t have the power of the Mercedes engine.

Last year Verstappen was brilliant in free practice and went favourite to win the race until putting his car in the barrier in P3 an hour before qualifying. In the race itself he moved up from 20th on the grid to finish ninth. This time round he is the clear number one driver at Red Bull, maturing quickly (even though at the age of 21 he has five race wins, he went through a rough patch in the second half of last year with unforced errors) and in the last race completed the podium finishing third at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona beating the Ferraris in part because their new Honda engines not only have more grunt this year but crucially reliability is less of an issue.

F1 Drivers press conferences are not normally a mine of untapped information and perhaps Verstappen’s team mate Pierre Gasly was stating the obvious but he said in Spain “Looking forwards, I think we have good potential on some of the upcoming tracks, which should suit our car better.” Indeed they should.

Of course, catching up with Mercedes will not be easy and Hamilton is 5/4 favourite with Bottas available at 9/4

However, they have just one third-placed finish between them over the past couple of years at this circuit. The car is comparatively broad and less nimble and of course their power advantages are lessened substantially on this relative to every other circuit. This is a track in which they are not necessarily sure things to qualify on pole as Ricciardo showed last year.

Ferrari struggled with a lack of grip in the final sector in Barcelona, which does not augur well for coping with Monaco’s twists and turns next up.

Verstappen is on a run of ten successive top four finishes, mostly at tracks where his car has been at a disadvantage to the front two teams. 

8 points each way Max Verstappen to win the Monaco Grand Prix 3/1 Bet365, SkyBet, BetVictor 

 


Procession

The 2019 F1 season so far has been a disappointment. Barcelona a fortnight ago saw a fifth Mercedes 1-2 in five races, on the back of their five seasons of championship dominance. In Spain the result looked inevitable after Hamilton led at the first corner and the race was dull. Where Ferrari, who dominated pre-season testing but have under-delivered since, brought updates to the power unit, Mercedes brought better updates worth up to 0.4s a lap and nce more hopes of a contest up front were thwarted.

There were a lot of empty seats at the track and viewing figures are in decline. Hopes for a reinvigoration of the spectacle are pinned on rule changes due to come into force in 2021

For the time being Mercedes have built the best car annually since the last big regulation change in 2014 and combined it with the best and most reliable power unit and have Hamilton delivering consistently with Bottas now up a notch too. Hamilton has won 54 Grand Prix in just over five seasons, his teammates have won 25. Meanwhile Ferrari and Red Bull have 26 wins combined.

2021 regulations offer the opportunity for a root and branch change that the sport needs but the danger is that this doesn’t happen. Teams are involved in the process of formulating the regulations and inherently they think of themselves first not the sport as a while. Drivers, who themselves look bored in their public utterances currently arenot involved in the decision making process.

Currently its almost impossible to over-take in F1 without artificial aids such as DRS as the aerodynamics are so sophisticated. Heavy Cars can’t follow others closely. Tyres are another bug-bear, they degrade quickly and drivers are frequently in tyre management mode rather than driving flat out. Formula One just isn’t as entertaining as it was.

Potential solutions are lighter cars, low-degradation tyres even if they mandate a number of pit stops to encourage harder racing and a reduction in aerodynamic influence. The sport is less a drivers championship currently than a technology battle on wheels, with layers of technical complexity that make it impossible for the layman to follow.

2021 is important for F1, but precedent suggests compromises and delays.


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 18th-19th May

Posted on 17 May 2019 09:07 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, the FA Cup Final, Manchester City v Watford

- Racing, Flat racing at Doncaster, Newbury, Newmarket and Thirsk. Also over the jumps at Bangor and Uttoxeter.

- Cricket, the fifth ODI against Pakistan in Leeds on Sunday.

- Golf, the USPGA Championship at Bethpage Black on Long Island.

- Tennis, ATP Rome.


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Free tip

FA Cup Final Manchester City v Watford

Manchester City play this weekend’s FA Cup final on the verge of an unprecedent domestic treble after their wins in the Carabao Cup and defending their Premier League title

Unsurprisingly for a side that that comes into the game off the back of a 14 games unbeaten league run, and only conceded 23 goals in the 38 game league season, they are strong favourites to beat a Watford side that finished eleventh in the Premier League and who limped to the end of the season on three successive league defeats.

Odds for the match, outright, are Manchester City 1/5, the Draw 6/1 and Watford 14/1. Not much to go at there you would think. In other markets City half time/full time is 4/6 and over 2.5 goals 1-2.

Moving from team to player markets, specifically first goal scorer, and we see that obviously City players dominate the front of the betting

Aguero 14/5 (21 Premier League goals, 32 all competitions in 2018-19)

Jesus 100/30 (7 and 19 goals)

Sterling 4/1 (17 and 23 goals)

I am not sure Jesus will start (or Sane or Mahrez who are the next two in the betting)

I am specifically interested in Sterling (though equally could make a case for Bernardo Silva at 9/1 and Aymeric Laporte at 33/1 as an outsider from set-pieces) and Sterling’s ability to play either flank and find space with a goal-scoring, specifically more effective finishing, impact to his game really added in the last season specifically at the far post with service provided by both Silvas and, when fit, De Bruyne.

Recommendation: 8 points Raheem Sterling first goalscorer 4-1 Bet365, SportingBet, RedZone Sports


Premier Parity?

Three years ago Leicester City won the Premier League, in part helped by a “down” year for the majority of the “Big Six”, with 81 points. This season Liverpool have finished second with 97 points losing only one game. The average number of points for second place in the last ten seasons has been 81. The Premier League’s top accounted for 18% of all the points won in England’s top flight this season. That is a level of dominance that has not been seen since the late 1890s. Between 2004 and 2014, Opta recorded 26 matches in which one team had at least 70% of the possession. There were 29 such occasions in this season just finished alone. Whilst other Premier League sides can beat the 3rd-6th placed sides on occasions, on this season’s evidence its unlikely to happen against the top two teams from which there is a gap to the other top six sides. Furthermore the gap between sixth (Manchester United) and seventh (Wolves) places is 9 points.

In the intervening years since Ranieri and co any suggestions of a closing of the gap between the Big Six and the rest has been laid aside as the superiority of the top sides has accelerated. There has been an influx of managerial talent, with five of the six teams changing manager and the other side who haven’t, Tottenham, now in a £1bn stadium.

Between them, the six have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on players. Each club has broken its transfer record at least once. In Europe there has been a resurgence too, with both Champions League and Europa League finalists this season English, and neither of them the Manchester clubs.

From next season the financial structural trend favouring the top six is reinforced by changes to the distribution of international television income with more revenue awarded depending on where a team finishes, rather than simply shared equally. An idea that came at a time when the elite teams were not doing so well in Europe, and they felt in part that was because the league was too competitive.

With the finishing positions now known, estimates are that Liverpool will earn most from Premier League central funds this season, around £150 and more than Manchester City because of more games on TV. Huddersfield’s £94m will the lowest figure so a ratio of 1.6:1 top to bottom. From next season and the new overseas deal that ratio is expected to be around 1.8:1 which is another increase in the trend of the top clubs getting more money and likely to reinforce success amongst comparatively few.

The recent leak that plans are being drawn up for a new Champions League closed shop from 2024 are also likely to be another challenge for clubs on the outside looking in hoping to achieve parity as the proposals  would turn the Champions League into a competition dominated by a small group of elite clubs and leave as few as four of its 32 places available for teams from leagues in Europe’s 55 national federations.

If approved, they would result in a Champions League that could render national competitions nearly irrelevant, impose significant barriers to entry for teams outside the game’s current elite and deepen the divide between the top six clubs and the rest of the sides in the Premier League.

The idea, that one freak season apart, that the top six is an unattainable goal for other clubs is perhaps the new normal, no matter how close Everton, Wolves and Leicester think they will get next season.

 


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The Road to Riches Weekend of 11th-12th May

Posted on 9 May 2019 09:20 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, Premier League fixtures include the title deciders, Manchester City at Brighton and Liverpool at home to Wolves.

- Racing, Flat racing at Ascot, Haydock, Lingfield, Nottingham and Thirsk. Also over the jumps at Hexham and Warwick.

- Cricket, the 2019 IPL final in Hyderabad on Sunday and the second ODI against Pakistan in Southampton on Saturday.

- Rugby Union, the European Champions Cup final between Leinster and Saracens at St James’ Park.

- Formula One, the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona

- Golf, the AT&T Byron Nelson on the USPGA. On the European tour the British Masters at Hillside.

- Tennis, ATP Madrid Open.


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The 2019 USPGA

Brought forward this year from its traditional spot as the final major championship of the season, the USPGA is held this year at the Long Island Public Curse, Bethpage Black, which is renowned as a severe test. My aim once again here is to identify a value outsider and complement Neil Channing’s overall analysis usually published the night before the start of the tournament.

Bethpage is a parkland course that is both long and narrow. At the last US Open, the PGA set up was really tough with long rough really penalising wayward striking. Unlike the Masters where you obviously need a long hitter and a good scrambler/putter this is less of a putting test and more of a test of tee to green accuracy.

At his peak in 2002 Tiger Woods won the US Open here, at a time when he was a longer hitter than most of the field but most of the winners at the course since fall into the “good ball strikers” category such as Glover at the 2019 US Open and Reed in the 20165 Barclays. Long enough to carry the fairway bunkers that are found on a lot of holes but straight and accurate onto fairways and greens.

The key stats I am looking at are Strokes gained off the tee and tee to green, with a secondary eye on driving distance and less of a focus on the short game.

My search for value alighted on Gary Woodland who led the USPGA going into the final round last year and eventually finished tied for 6th at Bellerive.

Woodland is long (tied 9th on tour for driving distance) but more importantly shows up in the strokes gained stats: Ranked 6th in strokes gained off the tee and strokes gained: tee to green and furthermore 7th in greens in regulation over the USPGA season to date. As a counterpoint, he’s way down on the putting stats which probably accounts for that whilst 2018-19 form is ok with two second places, he hasn’t won. His overall consistency means he is 8th in the Fed Cup standings.

Best of all he’s up in plenty of places at 66-1. A more fancied player, Bryson De Chambeau (albeit he putts better) has a similar profile, and is listed at 25-1.

A slight fly in the ointment is that Woodland withdrew from the Wells Fargo last weekend after three rounds, with a stomach virus from which he had apparently been suffering before the tournament. A fortnight if needed to recuperate allows enough time to get right for this major though.

Of course once again I am writing before the marketing departments kick into gear and we (hopefully) get offered extra places and in this case I would take 8-10 places at around 50-1 over the 66-1 if it was on offer, but for the purposes of this I will record at the best terms currently available not accounting for SkyBet who are already up at 10 places 1/5 the odds.

10 points each way Gary Woodland to win the 2019 USPGA: 70/1 Bet365 (1/4 1,2,3,4,5) 66-1 SkyBet (1/5 first 10) Coral (1/5 first 7) others at 1/4 first five. 


Capped

The quickest way to win in the NFL is to have a good quarterback. Beyond finding the next Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, the second-best path to success is to spot the next trend and then adjust as quickly as possible. 

One of the biggest changes to the sport over the past few years has been to the salary cap. In the past six years, the cap has risen from $120 million to $188 million. Meanwhile, after the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, rookie contracts became significantly cheaper, and opened up even more cap space. The competitive balance of the league is changing drastically because of it.

All the room to spend has changed the way teams think about money and the aversion to seemingly overpriced free agency contracts of a few years ago is a thing of the past. Free agency is now a legitimate team-building strategy.

The first team to benefit from changing their approach was the Super Bowl 50 winning Broncos who spent big on outside players such as Aqib Talib, Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware, and Emmanuel Sanders, among others and won. More Recently the LA Rams followed the same approach in free agency and last season made the Superbowl.

As with any structural change, there are of course unintended consequences, too. Teams like the 49ers or Browns waited until they felt they can compete before they spend any substantial money. For several seasons they made for easy victories when they appeared on another team’s schedule. This off-season the Browns have begun to press the accelerator having drafted their quarterback, trading for Odell Beckham amongst others. They are now a team expected to be in play off contention this year and they still have $80m in unused space to go to the next stage for 2020. The Colts are already a play off team and have the biggest amount of cap space in the league at $106m. Elsewhere these three teams have drafted/acquired young quarterbacks and are turning to free agency to become competitive, the Jets $96m (LeVeon Bell the start of the process) Bills $79m and 49ers $67m.

All this is exciting for NFL watchers and not just supporters of the teams themselves. Teams can move from also rans into contenders quickly, and free agency and trades creates column inches and speculation during each long off-season


 

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The Road to Riches Weekend of 4th-5th May

Posted on 3 May 2019 08:35 in Weekly Articles "Road to Riches" by Rich 'Tighty' Prew

Coming up this weekend

- Football, Premier League fixtures include Manchester City v Leicester and Newcastle v Liverpool as the battle for the title nears its conclusion.

- Racing, Flat racing at Doncaster, Goodwood, Newmarket (Guineas Weekend) and Thirsk. Also over the jumps at Hexham and Uttoxeter. 

- Cricket, the 2019 IPL continues and the start of the England International season with a T20I against Pakistan in Cardiff on Sunday.

- Snooker, the final weekend of the World Championship continues at the Crucible

- Golf, the Wells Fargo Championship on the USPGA. On the European tour the Volvo China Open.

- Tennis, ATP Opens Estoril and Munich.


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Free tip

The 2,000 Guineas (Newmarket, Saturday 3pm) by Neil Channing

Last week we had a lovely each-way race and it worked out well. Hopefully the 2,000 Guineas will be just as good for us but I don't think I can play each-way. We have 19 runners, four are over 100/1 and it's 4/1 the field so it's only slightly less difficult to solve than an average handicap where we would get 1/4 1234 and here we have to take 1/5th 1234 and that isn't with every firm. The 1/5th 12345 is kind of  tempting but it's only in a couple of places so I'm going to just play win only.
 
 Given that the race isn't great for each-way I might normally ignore it and spend the time on something else but I do find it interesting. In the ante post market there was a short period where Magna Grecia went favourite over Ten Sovereigns but since Ryan Moore picked the latter it is solid at 4/1. I can't really have Ten Sovereigns as I just don't think he'll stay and if the fact Ryan has picked him, and that has caused Magna Grecia to drift right out, can be trusted as a pointer, then I guess I can't bet either of them which makes the race a little easier to solve.
 
 Advertise is a lovely horse with massively solid two-year old form but we can't be sure he'll stay and he isn't really bred to do so, plus we haven't seem him on the track for 200 days. Great Scott is interesting and is sure to be coming there late and if you could get 1/4 1234 he'd be perfect but you can't so I'll leave it. If you are taking 1/5th 12345 he might be the one. Al Hilalee has only raced once and he won a maiden but they supplemented him here so he presumably works well but you're just guessing if you back him.
 
 Of the bigger priced outsiders the one I like best is Shine So Bright who seems bred to stay, who comes from the red hot Andrew Balding stable and who won the Free Handicap in good style. He wouldn't be an each-way pick even if I was looking to play that way but win only he is worth a dart.
 
 Madhmoon has solid form at a mile on this fast ground and he looks pretty solid at the price. He is perhaps a little bigger than he ought to be due to getting beaten on his seasonal debut over too shorter trip and on too softer ground. I passed reluctantly on him.
 
 Royal Marine was definitely the unlucky horse in the Craven where he finished 4th behind Skardu and he also has top class Group One winning two-year old form but at Newmarket he was still beaten by Skardu who did come from last to first to win going away so maybe the result was just a fair reflection. I might throw a small forecast on the two Craven horses as they could be of fairly similar standard but I'm not sure that he'll be reversing the form.
 
 I actually thought it was an Ok Craven going into the race and although Royal Marine was unlucky and Zakouski might have thrown away his race at the stalls I still was pretty impressed by the winner Skardu. William Haggas is a great trainer and he says this horse doesn't do much at home so you'd think they'll be scope for improvement and we already know he likes the track, the ground and stays the trip. I thought after the race they would say 5/1 for the Guineas and I might get 13/2 if I was quick but he has traded, a little worryingly, at closer to 10/1 since the Craven. Maybe the trial just wasn;'t that good but I'm going to bet that it was Ok.
 
I'm having 4 Points WIN ONLY Shine So Bright at 33/1 easily available (can definitely beat that on the exchanges).
 
I'm having 12 Points WIN ONLY Skardu at 8/1 with Bet365, Ladbrokes and others.

 


A great summer of cricket begins

In the run up to the 2019 World Cup beginning at the end of May England host Pakistan in a five matches ODI series as follows:

8th Day/Night, The Oval London

11th Southampton

14th Day/Night, Bristol

17th Day/Night Nottingham

19th Leeds

They go into the of the ICC rankings 6th in the format with England top, a rise that has been consistent since their early exit in the 2015 World Cup and subsequent changes to produce a much more aggressive strategy. They go into the forthcoming home world cup favourites.

Pakistan won the Champions Trophy in England in this format in 2017 beating England in the semi-finals but have been in poor form since including losing heavily at home to Australia 5-0 this winter, albeit a series in which 8 players were rested. They have had an injury blow in the absence of world class 20 year old leg spinner Shadab Khan and there are concerns about their middle order power hitting but the top of the order is strong and experienced and the fast bowling ranks well stocked. Fitness and fielding is also much improved under their Australian Head coach now in his third year in the job.

Since the 2017 Champions Trophy Pakistan have an economy rate of only 6.3 runs per over in the last ten overs of an ODI inning, second only to South Africa of the major teams

England have some selection with Billings out and Hales is suspended and out of the international summer. This is a team though that can still call upon Bairstow, Moeen and Buttler returning from the IPL plus being able to introduce Jofra Archer for his international debut to play alongside a team packed with all-rounders that has a lot of bases covered.

The format is under these regulations extremely friendly to batsmen and big totals, with two white balls an innings that rarely swing and batsman friendly wickets produced. English conditions can produce unexpected variables in any match with early morning starts but so far this season totals have been high across all formats in a dry early season spell.

I think a close series is likely. England’s weaknesses are the lack of a real match winning spinner and a tendency to produce an occasional poor performance out of nowhere.  

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