Match 43 – Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab Preview

Pre-Tournament favourites the Royal Challengers have seen their season drift away after injuries robbed them of two key players at the start of the tournament but even the return of Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers was unable to save their campaign.

Kings XI are, however, still in with a chance of making it through to the play offs but they need to keep winning and will target a positive result in Bangalore on Friday.

Match Odds

Bookies are still favouring RCB despite a dismal campaign that has seen them drop right to the bottom of the table following Delhi’s win over the Sunrisers on Tuesday. Kohli’s men are therefore favourites for the win at 1.91 with Betway while you can get on Kings XI at a best price of 2.10 with Betfair.

It’s hard to really make a call on this as we know that Bangalore can be a fortress but RCB aren’t even making decent totals. KXIP have won just once away from home in four attempts and are also inconsistent at home. It could really go either way and I won’t be putting any of my own money on this but based on the respective strengths of the two sides I’ll suggest RCB for the points.

Match Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore 1.91 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Kings XI Punjab 2.10 (Betfair).

Top Batsmen

AB De Villiers did hit some form for the Royal Challengers last time out making 43 from 27 in their defeat to Mumbai but once again it’s Virat Kohli who starts as favourite in RCB’s top batsman market at a top price of 3.00 with Betfair.

AB follows at 4.00 with Betfair while Chris Gayle follows at 4.33 with Bet365. Bangalore’s top batsman profits have been shared almost right through the team with Kedar Jadhav at 8.50 with Betfair being another option for Friday’s match.

Kings XI have finally brought Martin Guptill into the side and that’s a smart move. The Kiwi is just too good to leave out and he tends to stay in form once he’s found it and is therefore my pick at odds of 4.00 with Bet365 or Betfair.

Hashim Amla is the more consistent player and you may prefer the South African at a best price of 4.20 with Betfair while the Aussie pair of Glenn Maxwell and Shaun Marsh are at 4.50 with Bet365. Manan Vohra probably completes all the options at 7.00 with Betfair but Guptill is my bet here.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore: Kohli 3.00 (Betfair), De Villiers 4.00, (Betfair), Gayle 4.33 (Bet365), Jadhav 8.50 (Betfair).

Kings XI Punjab: Guptill 4.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Amla 4.20 (Betfair), Maxwell 4.50 (Bet365), Marsh 4.50 (Bet365), Vohra 7.00 (Betfair).

Other Side Bets

Based on how these two teams have performed in the tournament you may want to look at no player to score 50 which is on offer at an excellent best price of 5.00 with Bet365. If form continues then that’s a real tempter but perhaps it’s finally time for RCB to post a big total and with Guptill making Kings XI a more explosive unit, this could be a high scoring game.

With that theory in mind, total sixes at over 14 looks good at odds of 1.83 with Bet365.

Total Sixes Odds Summary: Over 14 1.83 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Under 14 1.83 (Bet365)

As for the game itself, it’s a result market that few punters will bet in with any great confidence. RCB have just been disappointing from the start while Kings XI are showing their usual mix of inconsistency. I suspect that the Royal Challengers will finally put in the type of display that we know they are capable of but the best bets are in the side market for this one.