Free IPL Cricket Betting Tips
There are world-class players in all eight franchises and everyone’s season is likely to be disrupted to some extent by overseas stars leaving early to get ready for the World Cup, but IPL 12 is guaranteed to showcase some scintillating performances. You can find Sports.net’s top tips below, as well as detailed breakdowns of each team’s chances and their odds of winning the IPL outright.
|Tournament Winner||Sunrisers Hyderabad||4/1|
|Top Batsman||Virat Kohli||8/1|
|Most Sixes||Andre Russell||14/1|
Chennai Super Kings - Odds of Winning 11/2
Reigning champions and IPL heavyweights, the Super Kings are once again among the favourites and have a squad that is full of experience, including overseas players such as Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis and Imran Tahir. They have always had a strong Indian core, and with the likes of Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja all still present and correct, they are sure to be contenders under the captaincy of wily veteran MS Dhoni. However, there comes a point when an experienced team begins to look like an old team, and the Super Kings are unlikely to be the most dynamic outfit in the field. With younger, hungrier franchises, this may well be the season that Chennai run out of steam.
Delhi Capitals - Odds of Winning 7/1
Delhi’s name may have changed from the Daredevils to the Capitals since they finished bottom of the table in 2018, but it is hard to imagine that their fortunes will change too much. They did not make much of an impact in the auction and there is a feeling that the squad lacks a bit of star power. Kagiso Rabada has the potential to be one of the most dangerous new-ball bowlers in the tournament if he gets unleashed on any pitches with some life in them, but the batting looks too green and there could be too much of a reliance on new skipper Shikhar Dhawan, although it will be fascinating to see how teenage sensation Prithvi Shaw fares in his first season since breaking into the India team. Sadly, when it comes to Delhi, the smart IPL betting tips must point to the 5/2 odds of them finishing bottom.
Kings XI Punjab - Odds of Winning 9/1
Like Delhi, Kings XI are expected to struggle this season after having a tough time in IPL 11. However, there may be a bit of value in backing them to reach at least the playoffs after they made some interesting buys in the auction. Million-dollar man Varun Chakravarthy, who reportedly has seven variations, could form a potent spin attack with young Afghanistani Mujeeb Ur Rahman and captain Ravi Ashwin. Andrew Tye won last year’s Purple Cap for taking the most wickets in the IPL, while England’s Sam Curran has also come in to strengthen the bowling ranks. On the batting front, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle are perhaps the most destructive opening partnership in the tournament. Also watch out for Nic Pooran, who has been lighting up other T20 franchise competitions around the world over the past few months.
Kolkata Knight Riders - Odds of Winning 6/1
KKR finished third in the table last season before missing out on a spot in the final when they lost the second qualifier to Sunrisers Hyderabad. They haven’t made any big splashes with their transfer business but have at least added depth to their squad, which will be needed in a World Cup year when some overseas players will leave the tournament early. New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson and South Africa’s Anrich Nortje are both capable of bowling at speeds north of 150km/h, while the ball travels off the bat of Andre Russell even faster when he is in full flow. Russell is 14/1 to hit the most sixes in the IPL this year, while his fellow West Indian Sunil Narine, last season’s MVP, could also be worth a flutter in this market at 33/1.
Mumbai Indians - Odds of Winning 11/2
Mumbai were IPL winners in 2013, 2015 and 2017, and history suggests they could lift the trophy again this time around. They finished fifth last season and have since brought in South Africa’s Quinton de Kock to bolster their top order. De Kock never quite hit the heights at Royal Challengers Bangalore but has been in stunning form for South Africa of late and looks a decent IPL tip for top batsman at a price of around 25/1. A power-packed batting line-up also includes Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Yuvraj Singh and the Pandya brothers, while Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga are two of the best white-ball bowlers in the world. The concern may be the strength of their spin attack, but Mumbai should still make the playoffs at worst.
Rajasthan Royals - Odds of Winning 11/2
The Royals surged to fourth place last year on the back of some sensational performances from Jos Buttler after he was promoted to opener. The problem was that they struggled after his departure, and the wicket-keeper batsman will once again leave early this season, along with England team-mate Ben Stokes. Jofra Archer and Steve Smith’s availability may also be limited ahead of the World Cup, so it is crucial for the Royals to make a good start to the campaign. The bowling resources appear too thin for a serious challenge to be mounted, and it is essential for the Royals to find their best line-up from the off, with doubts persisting over the strike-rate of skipper Ajinkya Rahane.
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Odds of Winning 6/1
So often the favourites who then flatter to deceive, RCB are only in the middle of the betting this year. Once again, the quality of the Bangalore batsmen looks frightening, with superstars Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers nicely complemented by other big hitters such as Shimron Hetmyer, Colin de Grandhomme and Marcus Stoinis. However, the problem remains the bowling attack, which seems to feature too many all-rounders and will lean heavily on the mystery of wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. RCB are unlikely to claim their first IPL title in 2019, but Kohli could well win the Orange Cap for the top run scorer and give you a good return on odds of 8/1.
Sunrisers Hyderabad - Odds of Winning 4/1
Champions in 2016 and runners-up last year, Sunrisers have built their success on a wonderful set of bowlers, including Afghan spinner Rashid Khan, Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and experienced seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. They may have lost Dhawan to Delhi, but they still have the batting talents of Kane Williamson and all eyes will be on David Warner as he returns to the big stage following ‘sandpaper-gate’. Jonny Bairstow and Martin Guptill could both cause carnage at the top of the order, while Mohammad Nabi and Vijay Shankar will provide impetus late in the innings. Sunrisers have become regular fixtures in the playoffs and it would be a surprise if they didn’t finish in the top four.