TAB Betting Blog: It's coming home! England to beat Kiwis in World Cup final

2019 Cricket World Cup Final - New Zealand vs. England (Sunday 7:30pm AEST)

One country will have their name etched on to the Cricket World Cup trophy for the first time when England face New Zealand in the final at Lord's on Sunday night.

England hasn't been this close to winning the Cricket World Cup since 1992 when they succumbed to Pakistan in the final at the MCG while New Zealand experienced heartbreak four years ago when Australia thrashed them at the MCG.

The Black Caps secured their passage to the World Cup final in unconventional circumstances after upstaging India at Old Trafford.

New Zealand steadily reached 8/239; highlighted by Ross Taylor's 74 and Kane Williamson's 67. However, the opening spells of Trent Boult and Matt Henry swung the semi-final in New Zealand's favour with India all out for 221 after being 3/5 (Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were all dismissed for one run).

England - who were on the brink of elimination before group stage triumphs over India and New Zealand - ended Australia's title defence in comprehensive fashion by removing Aaron Finch and David Warner early and restricting the Aussies to 223. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow's opening partnership of 124 runs was the catalyst for England's eight-wicket victory at Edgbaston.

England have survived their bad patch of form and will prove too strong for New Zealand in the final. Due to their price ($1.30), I'll also include Jason Roy to score at least 50 runs as the opener has blasted 66, 60 and 85 in his last three appearances.

Tip: England to defeat New Zealand and Jason Roy to score at least 50 runs at $2.80

NRL Round 17 - St George Illawarra vs. Canberra (Sunday 6:10pm AEST)

There's nothing like rugby league on a Sunday but if you are a Dragons fan like me, their clash against Canberra in Wollongong may not end too well.

St George Illawarra are currently outside the top eight and haven't really looked like the team that were flying 12 months ago. Their record of six wins and nine losses is masked by the fact they have lost seven of their last nine matches.

Coach Paul McGregor welcomes back a host of State of Origin players for this game after a narrow and controversial loss to league leaders Melbourne last week. That performance will boost the Dragons' confidence but too often this season, they have been off the pace compared to the good sides over 80 minutes.

Canberra are sitting fourth on the ladder and are just one win behind the second-placed Sydney Roosters. The Raiders have looked solid for most of the season but they have endured an up-and-down time of it since Round 9, losing three straight before winning three, then falling to Parramatta a fortnight ago after blowing a 16-nil lead.

Canberra's recent record against the Dragons is also poor (one win from six games) but going off what we have seen so far in 2019, I can't tip the Dragons with any confidence so therefore I am banking on the Raiders to do the job here.

Tip: Canberra to defeat St George Illawarra at $1.85