It’s a tale of two powerful batting line ups versus two suspect bowling attacks as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) travel to Pune for Friday’s game at IPL9, 22,04,2016.
Both teams have identical records with just one win from their opening three matches so the points are vital as the first half of the group stage comes to a close. Check our betting tips, from who is leading the odds, value bet selections and our own personal selections.
Here is the match preview.
Supergiants vs Royal Challengers Match Odds
Despite those identical stats, it’s Pune who leads the result betting by a clear margin with the price on Virat Kohli’s men declared at 1.74 at 888Sport.
Meanwhile, the Supergiants, who have home advantage, will certainly look a tempter at 2.10 with Bet365.
Chris Gayle may not have scored too many runs at this year’s tournament but RCB looked a little lost without him. The West Indian is something of a luxury player at the top of the order and a big score is a bonus but if the ‘talisman effect’ is to be believed, then the pre-tournament favourites need him back as quickly as possible.
Pune look to have a full squad to choose from but while Ajinkya Rahane and Faf Du Plessis have made early runs, they need better support from the middle order.
Bowling, however, is a concern for both sides and whoever keeps it tighter will win the game.
Top Batsmen and Best Betting Options
Gayle stays away following the birth of his daughter , so RCB’s version of this market may be a straight fight between two men.
Virat Kohli is ahead in the betting at 3.20 with Bet365 while AB De Villiers follows on at 3.40 with 888Sport.
Travis Head gave the profit against Mumbai and is a definite option at a seriously good price of 7.00 with 888Sport, but is it time for Shane Watson? The former Rajasthan man has an IPL hundred and you can’t ignore the big hitting Aussie at a great price of 6.50 with Bet365.
Bets to Avoid
Pune’s top batsman betting has far more choices and you may want to leave this one alone because of that. Du Plessis is the most consistent player so far and is joint favourite at 3.60 with Bet365 – a price he shares with Rahane who is also at 3.60 with Bet365.
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Value Betting Tip
If I stake here then I will go with Pietersen at 4.0 with Bet365 although the value comes from Steve Smith who has drifted to an excellent figure of 6.00 with Bet365 once again.
Other Bets for Rising Pune vs Royal Challengers
There isn’t too much to get excited about here but if you like RCB and want a little more value than their 1.74 win price.
Then you could take Kohli’s men to be ahead at the end of the Powerplay at 1.80 with Bet365.
Alternatively, total sixes betting shows over 12 at 1.91 with Bet365 again but is it worth taking an odds on price without Gayle in the RCB camp?
My Personal Bets
Personally I’m just focussing on the match result and following those early stats, I will look to see who bats first. Each of the last four captains to win the toss have elected to field so you can tell what their thinking is.
If pushed however, I will stake with Pune who seem set for a big contribution from their middle order while for the Royal Challengers, so much comes down to Kohli and De Villiers.
- So, it’s the Supergiants for the points at that 2.10 with Bet365 and if you want a side bet,
- Consider backing both Kohli and De Villiers to top score for RCB.
- There are other options with Watson’s price looking tempting but if you put the same money on both those men, you would still get a profit as long as one takes it.
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