England vs New Zealand prediction: 1st ODI betting tips & odds

The England vs New Zealand prediction is here. After the T20 series ended in a 2-2 draw, England and New Zealand are set to compete in a four-match ODI series. The first One-Day international will take place at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday, September 8. The bookmakers have England as favourites with the odds of 11/25 (1.44) while New Zealand have bigger odds of 8/5 (2.60).

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

  • England vs New Zealand, 1st ODI
  • September 8, 2023 – 11:30 AM GMT
  • Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Pitch Report and Weather Conditions

Sophia Gardens is one of the toughest venues to bat on in the country, with all types of bowlers getting a good amount of help. Long boundaries also help bowlers. The average first innings score from 30 ODIs here reads 220, with the team batting second winning 18 games.

The weather in Cardiff is forecast to be warm and humid on Friday with some clouds in the afternoon. Thankfully there’s not a big threat of rain so the match should get a result.

England vs New Zealand Prediction

Looking at the recent head to head record between these two teams, England hold an edge with seven outright victories in the last 10 games and two losses. Back to the present, England have a better batting unit, which should propel them in this game.

Our Prediction: England to win this match at 11/25 (1.44).

Top Run-scorer

Joe Root hasn’t played any ODI cricket recently but has been in outstanding form in the other two formats. Bet on Root to be the top batter for England at 5/2 (3.50). Will Young has scored 352 runs in the last seven ODI innings at an average 59. Back him to be New Zealand’s top batter at 7/2 (4.50).

Our Prediction: Joe Root to be England’s top run-scorer at 5/2 (3.50).

Top Wicket-taker

Trent Boult was incredible in Major League Cricket. The left arm seamer has a very good record in ODIs and should be effective at this venue. Bet on Boult to be New Zealand’s best bowler at 2/1 (3.00). Mark Wood has bowled exceptionally in recent times and should do well here with his pace. Back him to be England’s top bowler at 13/4 (4.25).

Our Prediction: Trent Boult to be New Zealand’s top wicket-taker at 2/1 (3.00).

Man of the Match

Mark Wood has the pace and skill set to run through the opponents’ batting line-up. The venue assists bowlers and he’s the perfect candidate to exploit that. Take a punt on him to be the player of the match at 14/1 (15.00).

Our Prediction: Mark Wood to be the Man of the Match at 14/1 (15.00) odds.

England vs New Zealand Preview

As the ODI World Cup approaches super fast, England and New Zealand will begin their final preparations in this series. Here’s a short preview of the two sides ahead of the first ODI.


England last played ODIs in March when they toured Bangladesh and won the series by 2-1. This will be the first time in two years that they are at full strength and will hope to get things rolling quickly.

As you know, Ben Stokes came out of retirement while Harry Brook was added to the side. His inclusion means Sam Curran and Moeen Ali will be vying for one spot.

Squad: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c/wk), Moeen Ali/Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Rashid Khan, Reece Topley

New Zealand

New Zealand also haven’t played with their full strength side for a while. Their previous ODI assignment was against Pakistan in May with a second-string squad, which they lost by 1-4.

The visitors are without Kane Williamson, Jimmy Neesham and Ish Sodhi for this series but will have other top stars.

Squad: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Will Young, Tom Latham (c/wk), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (c), Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson

How to Watch England vs New Zealand ODIs in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List

For the fans living in the UK, you can catch the England vs New Zealand series live on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event. You can also stream the match live on the Sky Go app.

  • Sky Sports, Sky Sports Main Event (TV)
  • Sky Go application (Streaming)

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