India vs England 1st Test (Feb 4, 2021) Match Prediction, Betting Tip & Odds
Statistical information, performance, best odds and betting tips for India vs England for Test Series 2021. Analysis with head to head comparison and forecast by football experts.
India vs. England | Match Prediction, Betting Tip & Odds
India will be looking to build upon their famous series win in Australia when they host England in February and March. The two nations meet in the first of their four-match Test series in Chennai, with the first ball due to be bowled on February 4. The Men in Blue won at the Gabba to secure a 2-1 series win over the Aussies in January, while England are coming off the back of a two-match series in Sri Lanka. Ahead of the first test, we will take a detailed look at the two teams, before delivering our top betting tip.
Initial Situation for the Game India vs. England
India come into the game at no.2 in the ICC Test rankings, while England are at no.4. The two teams having long been among the best in the world, with many anticipating an entertaining series over the coming weeks. The emphasis will be on India to continue their impressive form, with the Men in Blue having some selection headaches because of how well their stand-in players did in Australia. With England having won their recent series in Sri Lanka, the tourists will also be confident of a good showing.
Despite losing the opening match of their Test series against Australia convincingly, India recovered fantastically to win two of the next three matches. In the absence of many of their most recognizable players, the tourists performed well with both bat and ball, securing wins by 8 wickets and 3 wickets respectively. Cheteshwar Pujara was ultimately named man of the series, with his half century in the final test having been key in securing India’s win.
Before their trip to Sri Lanka, England had not played a Test match since their three-match series with Pakistan back in August, which they narrowly won 1-0. England have also beaten the likes of Australia and South Africa in short-over formats of the game in recent months. As a result, the tourists should head to India in confident mood.
Latest Team News
Virat Kohli will return to the Indian lineup, with their captain having missed the final test in Australia after returning home for paternity leave. Meanwhile, pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah has also been named in India’s 18-man squad for the first Test, after also missing the Test at the Gabba due to an abdominal injury. As for the tourists, bowler Jofra Archer and all-rounder Ben Stokes have returned to the England squad for the first two Tests against India, with the duo having not featured in the tour of Sri Lanka. However, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Sam Curran will all miss out for the tourists, while opener Rory Burns could recover from a shoulder injury in time to feature at some point during the series.
England will be hoping for a much better showing than their last trip to India in 2016/17. India won the five-match Test series 4-0, having also won both the T20 and One Day Series’ on the same tour. England have been known to struggle in the conditions in India, however their tour of Sri Lanka at the start of 2020 should stand them in good stead. England did win a Test series in India back in 2012/13, with little separating the two teams when it comes to their head-to-head record over the years.
India vs. England Odds and Forecast:
Many leading bookmakers have introduced betting odds ahead of the match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, with India being the favourites with the majority. The hosts can be backed for victory at odds of 1.57 with 888Sport, while England are available at a price of 3.75 with the same bookie. Elsewhere, those looking to back a 1st Test draw can do so at odds of 5.0 with 22Bet.
Our India vs. England Cricket Betting Tip:
Given their recent success in Australia and their home advantage, it is difficult to look beyond a 1st Test victory for India. However, it is likely that the Men in Blue will not have things all their own way. Based on the odds on offer, we recommend simply backing the home side for victory. This means that you will win if India win by any margin. A stake of just ₹1000 would result in returns of ₹1560.