ENG-U19 vs AFG-U19 Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Feb 01, 2022
We are now at the pointy end of the U19 World Cup 2022 and we have a bit of a surprise in the first Semi-Final. England is going to play against Afghanistan in a contest that not many expected. Afghanistan shocked the in-form Sri Lanka team and made their way to the semi-final stage for the first time.
England is the clear favorite at all the best cricket betting sites, however, Afghanistan has a habit of proving people wrong! ''
Match prediction and cricket betting tips for England U19 vs Afghanistan U19, Super League Semi-Final 1, U19 World Cup 2022. The match is going to be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua on the 1st of February 2022.
ENG-U19 vs AFG-U19 Team Previews
England is unbeaten in the U19 World Cup 2022 so far. in fact, not only has it not lost but it has also won all of its matches convincingly. The semi-final against South Africa turned out to be quite one-sided as well and now it is the spin-heavy Afghanistan that lies on its way to the Final.
Rehan Ahmed picked up four wickets in the previous match and impressed with his wrist spin. He forms an important part of a very impressive bowling attack. Joshua Boyden, James Sales, Tom Prest, and Jacob Bethell have all been excellent throughout the tournament.
We back this lineup to do well against Afghanistan as well.
Bethell and Luxton led the way with the bat in the previous match but almost every batsman got a start. George Thomas, Tom Prest, and George Bell have all at least one significant inning to their name in this tournament.
This means that the England lineup is in great form and is not just dependent on one or two players to carry it through. The depth in the squad is exceptional.
England U19 Playing 11
George Thomas, Jacob Bethell, Tom Prest, James Rew, William Luxton, George Bell, Rehan Ahmed, Alex Horton, James Sales, Tom Aspinwall, Joshua Boyden.
Afghanistan can be very proud of its achievements so far. It lost its match to Pakistan by just 24 runs and then scraped to get past Sri Lanka with a margin of just four runs. That was a tough match where Afghanistan had to dig deep and it will get a lot of confidence from that performance.
However, we think it is going to have a very tough time against England. Unlike Sri Lanka, England has more than a couple of players that have been performing well. Afghanistan's batting has not been good enough and we just don't see it being able to get the runs needed to win against England.
Abdul Hadi and Noor Ahmad were the only batsmen that scored 30 or more runs in the previous match. No one got a fifty and there was a time when Afghanistan was reduced to 26 for four.
Afghanistan's bowling is also decent without being exceptional. Every single bowler took at least one wicket in the previous match and that is a good effort but overall we don't think this bowling attack is going to be able to run through the stronger teams in the tournament.
Pakistan managed to get the better of it and we expect England to do the same.
Afghanistan U19 Playing 11
Suliman Safi, Allah Noor, Bilal Ahmad, Nangeyalia Kharote, Mohammad Ishaq, Abdul Hadi, Ijaz Ahmadzai, Izharulhaq Naveed, Bilal Sami, Naveed Zadran, Noor Ahmad.
ENG-U19 vs AFG-U19 Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The conditions in Antigua are forecast to be very good weather-wise. There are no interruptions likely. The pitch is going to be flat and good for batting. There has been some help for the fast-bowlers early on in Antigua and that is another huge advantage for England in our opinion.
A par score should be around 240 but we think Afghanistan will be happy to defend anything above 180.
ENG-U19 vs AFG-U19 Betting Tips
We are going to bet on England in this match. It has been excellent in this entire tournament and has a very well-rounded side. Not only is it unbeaten but it has also shown a lot of depth and quality throughout its ranks.
Bet on England U19 to win.