Much has been said and written about the upcoming Indian Premier League season to be held in UAE. It is the first time that the league will be held in the month of September and not during the traditional Indian summer months of March, April and May. Plenty of other changes have also been proposed, exclusive to this edition of the tournament, in light of the deadly coronavirus pandemic the planet is currently going through. But all said and done, the tournament is still going ahead, and cricket fans all over the world are undoubtedly excited to see their favourite league back in action.
While the whole tournament will be played behind closed doors, and fans won’t be able to experience the action live in the stadium, it will definitely not affect the betting market. Indian Premier League is one of the most lucrative tournaments in the world of sports when it comes to betting, with several different markets offered by various top bookmakers. Let’s take a look at the betting preview for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League.
Cricket Betting Background
Cricket is one of the most exciting sports to bet on, as there are so many different metrics and markets to use your expertise and bet on. Two of the best bookmakers offering an array of cricket markets to bet on are Betway and Bet365. In-play markets range from betting on the total runs that will be scored in a particular over to the total number of runs a particular batsman will make. Pre-tournament bets include putting your money on who will be the highest scorer in the league or who will be the highest wicket taker etc. Main outright markets include betting on which teams will win the title, which teams will finish in the top 4 and which teams will finish bottom of the table. Let’s discuss some of the main outright betting markets for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League below.
Outright – Team To Win The IPL
Understandably the most unpredictable market to put your money on, the outright betting on who will win the IPL is incredibly popular. It is usually dominated by the most successful sides in the tournament’s history, unsurprisingly, but various other factors, such as which team had a better auction window, can drastically affect their title chances. The following are the top 3 favourites for the title this season.
- Mumbai Indians (5.00) – The defending champions and the most successful team in IPL history with 4 titles to their name, are unsurprisingly the favourites to retain their crown, with betway providing attractive odds of 5.00 on them to win the title. The team is full of experienced campaigners as well as some incredible all-rounders like the Pandya brothers and the mighty Keiron Pollard. Led by one of the best batsmen in the world, Rohit Sharma, Mumbai definitely look strong enough to retain their title and justify the favourites tag.
- Chennai Super Kings (5.50) – Mumbai’s arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings follow them in the favourites order, with odds of 5.50 as per betway. The 2nd most successful team in IPL history are always among the favourites, and this upcoming season is no different. Had it not been for the withdrawal of experienced campaigners such as Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina citing personal reasons, they would have surely been the favourites for this season. With the impeccable leadership and experience of MS Dhoni, and a spate of top all-rounders at his disposal such as Dwayne Bravo, CSK again look to dominate their way to a record-equaling 4th IPL title.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (5.50) – 2-time winners Sunrisers Hyderabad have one of the most balanced squads in the tournament. With a top order of captain David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson, coupled with a deadly bowling attack of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan and Billy Stanlake, add to that one of the best T20 all-rounders in Mohammed Nabi, SRH look as strong as any other favourite for the title and Betway have them as joint 2nd favourites at 5.50.