They are considered to be two of the strongest sides in the IPL but while CSK already look set for the play offs after a two-year absence from the competition, the Royal Challengers are struggling once again. As always with RCB, it’s a case of two players, Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers, carrying the rest of the team but will the others step up and take their side up the table?
Based on form, this game should go with the away side but that’s not how the bookmakers see it.
RCB always have a lot of support from the betting community and they are frequently too short for comfort in the result markets. That could be the case again for Wednesday’s game with the Royal Challengers listed as favourites at 1.75 with Betway while Chennai follow on at 2.15 with Betfair.
When they are at their best, Bangalore can beat any side but they often fall short of their best and while they won last time out, it was against bottom of the table Delhi. The Super Kings are top and know that Kohli and De Villiers are key wickets: If they can get those two cheaply, they should win the game and Chennai are certainly the value option in this market.
Match Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore 1.75 (Betway), Chennai Super Kings 2.15 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick).
Kohli and De Villiers have been the standout players for RCB so far this year and from five opening games at IPL 11, the skipper has top scored twice with the South African taking over on the other three occasions. Against the Super Kings, it’s Kohli who goes off as favourite at 3.20 with De Villiers following at 3.60 – both with Betfair.
We think it’s still safe to pick your winner from those two and after giving way to AB at the weekend, Kohli is our tip for Wednesday’s match. At some point, some other Bangalore batters have to take responsibility and your alternative options for this match include Quinton De Kock and Brendon McCullum at 4.75 with Betway, and Manan Vohra at 6.00 with Betway again.
The Super Kings look a stronger unit with Ambati Rayudu in the side and Suresh Raina in form and back from injury. The two men took CSK to a winning total against the Sunrisers last time out but it’s Shane Watson who starts as favourite to top score following his ton against Rajasthan.
Watson starts at odds of 4.00 with Betway with Raina in second place at 4.20 with Betfair and Rayudu out at 4.50 with Betfair again. Faf Du Plessis is back in the side and can be claimed at 4.50 with Betway while Chennai’s value comes in the middle order where Sam Billings is at 7.50 with Betway and MS Dhoni is slightly shorter at 7.00 with Betway again.
Raina would be a preference here but Kohli is our overall pick from the two sets of markets.
Top Batsman Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore: Kohli 3.20 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), De Villiers 3.60 (Betfair), De Kock 4.75 (Betway), McCullum 4.75 (Betway), Vohra 6.00 (Betway).
Chennai Super Kings: Watson 4.00 (Betway), Raina 4.20 (Betfair), Rayudu 4.50 (Betfair), Du Plessis 4.50 (Betway), Dhoni 7.00 (Betway), Billings 7.50 (Betway).
Other Side Bets
Our suggestions for a final punt revolve around the batsmen in this game and having seen Watson’s century, plus scores from Kohli and De Villiers in the 90s, Royal Panda are quoting odds of 6.70 on any individual ton in either innings. For a century on first innings, that figure lifts slightly to 8.50 with Betfair so the value is in the first of those prices.
There could well be some big individual scores again but we’ll finish in the Most Sixes market where the Royal Challengers are our tip at 1.72 with Betfair. That figure makes them short-priced favourites but if Kohli and De Villiers fire, that could be the safest bet of the match even if, as we predict, RCB go on to lose it.
Most Sixes Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore 1.72 (Betfair – Editor’s Pick), Chennai Super Kings 2.40 (Betfair), The Tie 7.50 (Betfair).