The Friends Life Twenty20 competition has reached the knock-out stage, and with the weather set fair, Somerset and Essex will both be looking to book a place in the semi-finals at Cardiff. Is there any value in the betting markets?

Essex EaglesMatch: Somerset – Essex
Bet: Essex win
Odds: 2.3 (13/10) Bet365

Twenty20Twenty20 Form

Somerset have won 5 of their 7 Twenty20 games this season (3 were rained off), and topped their group. Their quarter final opponents Essex have also won 5 – but they were beaten 4 times, 2 more than Somerset. Those defeats, coupled with home advantage, is why the hosts are short priced favourites. The toss however, could prove crucial. Somerset have lost on 2 of the 3 occasions when they have batted first and set a total. Essex also boast a better record when chasing down a total, rather than setting one, so whoever wins the toss will hold a big advantage.

Betpal Tip

If the Somerset – Essex game revolves around a coin toss, 2.3 (13/10) with Bet365 on Essex looks to offer a little bit of value.