It has been a rather interesting tournament thus far with the rain taking over the clash between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. England, the host nation, were given a rude shock when a rejuvenated Pakistan defeated them a few days back.
They would want to put their campaign back on track and put on a commanding display against Bangladesh. Bangladesh have had a spirited run of form heading into this fixture. They convincingly defeated the Proteas and pushed the Kiwis really close.
England missed Liam Plunkett against Pakistan. The seamer offers control and his variations are crucial in the middle-overs for England. With one win and one defeat, this is a crucial game for both sides and a win here will certainly enhance their top-four chances.
Here are a few reasons why England would start as favourites and win today's clash against Bangladesh:
England's bowlers, Jofra Archer, in particular, can exploit Bangladesh's weakness against the short ball
Jofra Archer and the other English fast bowlers like Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood will look to exploit the weakness of the Bangladesh batsmen when they are bounced. Also, their technique is a bit fragile when the conditions suit swing bowling.
England must use their fast bowlers in short spells and ask them to go all out. Bangladesh are coming off two confident performances and will look to attack the English fast bowlers. It is here that the hosts must pull out few tricks especially with the way Eoin Morgan uses his bowlers.
If the pitch in the rain-curtailed match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan were to give an indication of what's to expect today, then England have the perfect bowling attack to exploit those conditions. Expect England to win convincingly on Saturday.
England would want to take revenge for the 2015 Cricket World Cup exit
It was back in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 that England were kicked out of the tournament by a Mahmudullah inspired Bangladesh. The fifteen run defeat at the Adelaide Oval sparked a renaissance in England's ODI fortunes.
Eoin Morgan at the press conference prior to today's clash didn't give credit to Bangladesh for the transformation in his team's growth as a force to reckon with in ODI cricket. Now they are the # 1 ranked side in the world, but the way they approached their ODI game has seen a tremendous change.
England would be up against the same side who pushed them out of the last World Cup. This would be certainly be playing in the minds of players who were part of the last World Cup squad like Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Moen Ali and Chris Woakes.
They would want to show exactly how well they have progressed as an ODI team by putting on a convincing performance today. The additional motivation of getting revenge for what Bangladesh did to them four years back would energize them even further.