England, with two wins in three matches, are at the third spot in the ICC World Cup 2019 points table while West Indies are at the sixth position with three points.
After a shocking defeat to Pakistan, England aced every department against Bangladesh, as they first put up 386/6 on board and then bundled them out for 280 in the 49th over. The openers, determined not to fall into the trap of spin bowling, gave a perfect start, as Jason Roy stroked his way to 153. While Stokes has been giving some priceless overs with the ball. England too had their fitness issues with key player Jos Buttler hurting his right hip against Bangladesh but coach Trevor Bayliss said he is expected to be fit for today's game. Moeen Ali is likely to return in the playing eleven, considering the number of left handers in the West Indies line-up.
On the other hand, the West Indies' bowlers might have lit up the tournament so far but it was the lack of application on the batting front that cost them the game against Australia. Their pacers started well against South Africa too, with Sheldon Cottrell picking up two early wickets, before no further play was possible due to rain interruption. The batsmen will have to step up, to set it up for their bowlers who will be challenged by the never-ending English batting line-up. The Jason Holder-led side would be itching to take the field after a washout against South Africa at the same venue on Monday. All-rounder Andre Russell, who has had serious knee issues, was not named in the playing eleven against the Proteas. It remains to be seen if he regains full fitness for the England clash. Ewin Lewis & Andre Russell are expected to return in place of Kemar Roach and Darren Bravo.
Pitch Report: Due to rain in the entire UK, pitches have been under the covers. The pitch however, is with spongy bounce and extra pace. So, both captains would be looking to take the field first after winning the toss.
Weather forecast: According to weather.com, there are going to be early morning showers in Southampton. However, the weather is expected to remain cloudy throughout the day. So, we might see another game being dominated by bowlers.
Head to head in World Cups: 5-1 in favor of England.
Eoin Morgan- The England captain is yet to play an innings that would match temperament in the tournament so far. Morgan, who averages 76.25 at the Hampshire Bowl and was the highest run-scorer for England in the ODI series against West Indies earlier this year, might be the biggest threat to his opponents today.
Chris Gayle- Chris Gayle had lit up the tournament with a power-packed 50 against Pakistan but could last only till the fifth over against Australia. The Universe Boss batting against England with an average of 51.42 against the hosts, opposing to his career average of 38.14 and will look to move forward in the innings against this highly rated match of WC.
England Probable XI: Jason Roy, Johny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali
West Indies Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas