Predictions for the 2019 IPL Season
The Indian Premier League has been growing at a rate of knots in recent years and 2019 is set to be the biggest year yet, with more rivalries, more big games, and more world-class players. In this guide, we’ll take a quick look at the league and make some predictions on upcoming games and on the league itself.
Players to Lookout For
There are a few players who could set the league alight this season. A lot of attention has been focused on Sam Curran, the England international who became the second most expensive player in the 2019 player auction. But while he is a solid all-round player and will help Kings XI Punjab to compete at a high level, he probably won’t be the one winning plaudits by the end.
Colin Ingram could prove more useful for the Delhi Capitals and the same goes for Axar Patel, two huge players who will be looking to justify their high price tags as they were two of the most expensive players during the recent player auction.
However, our tip for the best player and the biggest run scorer is Prithvi Shaw. The 19 year old has a huge career ahead of him and he will surely help the Delhi Capitals to get rid of their unfortunate record of being the only team not to have won a single playoff game.
We’re not convinced that they will go all of the way as they lack the experience and the quality in depth that other teams have, but they could do well and if Prithvi Shaw can stay fit and on form then they will give any other team in the IPL a good run for their money.
Virat Kohli will also likely have another big season. He’s on form right now and just hit a ton against Australia—his forty-first century in one-day internationals. He’s a legend, of course, an no one is expecting him to struggle, but he’s also at the very height of his form right now and we should see the best of him in this upcoming IPL season.
Who Will Win?
Dhruv, an expert tipster from OnlineCricketBetting.net, thinks the Kolkata Knight Riders will come out on top in this season’s IPL. The specialist tipster has been a number of accurate predictions over the years and seems to have an affinity with India’s biggest league.
And quite frankly, after spending some time looking at the teams and comparing these to last year, we can’t help but agree. The Chennai Super Kings will begin as one of the league’s favorites and will be a major threat, but they have changed very little from last year and a few of their star payers are getting on a bit—we can’t help but wonder if they will have what it takes to perform to the same high standard in 2019.
Their batting will no doubt be one of the standout aspects of their game in 2019, but we’re not convinced it will be backed up on the other side of the field and that, in combination with the strong squad that Kolkata Knight Riders will be fielding, is why we’re giving this one to Kolkata.
You can get very respectable odds for a Kolkata Knight Riders win in 2019, but it’s a close-run field, with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings also returning short odds. The bookies think it will be close and they are probably right, but we think Kolkata Knight Riders will edge it.
Where to Bet on the IPL
The popularity of IPL betting has done a great deal to improve cricket betting on the whole. So much money has been invested in this league and so much interest surrounds it that the wider cricket community has been able to feed off it, and where you find money and popularity you’ll also find the betting companies following eagerly in tow.
As a result, IPL markets can now be found on all major betting sites, with bets placed on markets such as:
- Win/Lose: A simple bet on which team will win a given match.
- Handicap: A win/lose bet that tries to balance the odds by creating a theoretical handicap system.
- Over/Under: These markets allow players to bet whether a game will have less/more than a specific amount of runs or wickets.
- Player Bets: Punters can bet on things like which player will get the most runs and the most wickets; the least runs and the least wickets; and more.
- Outright: A market that covers the eventual winners, as well as the league leaders, the highest run scorers, and more.
Accumulator: This combines many other bets into one. Traditionally, it has not been possible to play accumulators on single matches and the bets need to come from different games, but a new feature, which has been given different names on different sites but has been called Bet Builder and In-Game Multi, has made this possible.