Sri Lanka v England Spread Betting Preview

Sri Lanka v England Test Series Preview - Can Root & Co Vanquish Travel Woes?

England will begin a brave new era without record-breaking opener Alastair Cook when they take on Sri Lanka in Galle on Tuesday. The 33-year-old former captain's retirement after helping his side to a 4-1 series victory against India in September, has left a gaping hole in the team. It provides a real quandary for Joe Root and co as they bid to pick up their first away win in over two years. The all-conquering ODI team has just ripped the Sri Lankans apart, but England's red ball setup is not looking quite so rosy and they will be seeking new heroes to come to the fore.

Galle not a Happy Hunting Ground for England

A quick trawl through the history books will tell you that England have never won in Galle, the city playing host to the first match in this three-Test series. Home advantage is huge for Sri Lanka, who defeated a strong South African team here earlier in the year. You can expect Chandimal Hathurusingha to be preparing turning pitches and England's Test stars will face extremely challenging conditions. Sri Lanka will also take a lot of comfort from England's miserable away form: since beating Bangladesh in October 2016, they have lost 10 and drawn two of their 12 Tests on the road.

At home in that time however they have been a formidable Test team, and it's this home form that has left them third in the world rankings, three places above Sri Lanka. But their recent away series' have been dreadful and Root is desperate to put things right. England's captain may be tempted to mix up his bowling options, as Sri Lanka thrived by giving the new ball to two spinners in their series win over South Africa and he could turn to Adil Rashid or Jack Leach in a bid to wreak some early havoc against a side boasting the likes of Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva.

A New Era for the Top Order?

This game is crying out for a captain's performance from Root and in the batsmen runs market you can find a spread of 79-86 on his match runs. In simple terms, if you fancy Joe Root to hit over 86 runs across both innings, you'd buy. Alternatively, if you think he could be bowled out early on both occasions or just won't post a score greater than the 79 run sell price, you'd sell.

For example if you were to place a £2 stake on the buy price and Joe Root went on to make 120 runs, 34 runs over the 86 run buy price, you would win 34 times your stake (that £2 stake x 34 = £68). Ultimately when buying on the spread the more runs your chosen batsman registers above the buy price the more you could win.

This could however go against you. Say you were to buy at 86 runs but Joe Root only managed to hit 76 runs, the market would settle 10 runs below the buy price, giving you a £20 loss (-10 x your £2 stake).

This game really could go either way. England are the better side on paper in this contest, but their dreadful away record could swing the pendulum slightly in Sri Lanka's favour.

Will England's fresh batting line-up thrive in Galle? Check out the latest 1st Test: Sri Lanka v England spread betting markets here, or why not take a look at our Test Series spread?

Please note: Spread Betting involves risk. Losses may exceed deposits.

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