By Thomas Strong
Last Updated: 5th September 2018
- Friday 7th September
- Start time: 11:00
- Stadium: The Oval, Kennington
- Live on Sky Sports Cricket
The final Test between England and India will have a ceremonial air to it, with the hosts having already won the five-match series and former captain Alastair Cook retiring from international cricket upon its conclusion.
Below we’ve got some England vs India predictions, and some Alastair Cook odds specials for you.
England vs India 5th test odds
William Hill’s England vs India 5th test odds have the hosts as favourites at 10/11 in the match betting, despite a deeply untrustworthy recent record in dead-rubber five-dayers (more of which later).
The trading team at William Hill go 9/2 on the draw, while a victory for Virat Kohli’s men is priced up at 7/4.
With this five-match series already won by England, it’s easy to forget the thrillingly see-sawing nature of the four Tests that precede the final installment at The Oval.
Despite some shuffling of the pack, neither side has been able to firm up an upper-order batting group capable of prolonged collective composure, which we predict will make for an exciting finale..
Test series head-to-head (most recent first): England won by 60 runs, India won by 203 runs, England won by an innings and 159 runs, England won by 31 runs.
Free betting tips: England vs India 5th test odds
Prediction: India to win @ 7/4 odds
England’s despicable recent record in dead-rubber outings has been as wayward as our tipping for the England vs India 3rd test, which should add further to the careering nature of proceedings.
The hosts have failed to win any of their last nine Test matches in which the series they were playing had been decided in the previous encounter, losing five times and drawing the other four.
Five of the series had already, like this one, been decided in their favour, which points towards an India win being the more likely outcome, and our tip priced at a 7/4 .
Best bet: India/draw double chance @ 5/6 odds
Looking at the England vs India 5th Test odds, this brings the 9/2-rated draw, the 7/4 India win and the 5/6 about the India double chance pick firmly into play.
The tourists have been far better at keeping their dander up for matches that mean nothing in terms of the series result too – they’re unbeaten in their past eight such Tests, winning six of them.
Of further interest for those interested in opposing Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali and friends in the England vs India betting is the home team’s moderate record in Kennington.
Joe Root’s side have won just two of their past six Tests at the Oval, losing three times and drawing once.
Alastair Cook’s final test
The former England skipper’s final Test before retirement will deservedly see the focus placed upon a fantastic career in which the batsman they call ‘Chef’ has amassed some 12,254 Test runs, becoming England’s leading Test runscorer.
Naturally, William Hill’s most willow-upon-leather-minded traders have priced up all manner of specials about Cook’s final five-day outing for the country he has represented with distinction.
Currently sixth in the list of all-time leading Test run scorers, he needs 147 runs to edge past Kumar Sangakkara into fifth place. Among our England vs India 5th Test odds Alastair Cook specials, the 20/1 odds about the Essex stalwart scoring a double century in either innings would be a glorious way to achieve that milestone.
Alastair Cook odds specials
- 4/6 to take a catch in the first innings
- 6/4 to score a fifty in either innings
- 7/4 to take two-plus catches in first innings
- 3/1 to score a century or take a wicket
- 4/1 to score a century in either innings
- 7/1 to score a century in first innings
- 7/1 to score a fifty in both innings
- 8/1 to be awarded man of the match
- 10/1 to be out for a duck in the first innings
- 16/1 to take a wicket in ether innings
- 20/1 to score a double century in either innings
- 100/1 to score a century in both innings
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