Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders: IPL Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on May 1, 2019

Friday’s game in Mohali is a must win for both Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders. So, if you’re taking an IPL 12 wager, here are our IPL tips for Kings XI Punjab v Knight Riders.

Interestingly, at the start of this competition, both sides would have been confident of making it into the top four. However, a bad run of results suggests elimination. In theory there are two playoff slots still up for grabs. In reality, though, Kings XI and KKR are among four sides challenging for one remaining place.

What are the IPL tips for Kings XI Punjab v Knight Riders?

Neither team are in great form right now and we were expecting a tight market with both sides having the same win odds. However, the sportsbooks have made Kings XI Punjab the slight favourites at 1.95 with Betway. That leaves the Knight Riders marginally further back at 2.00. So, the bookies clearly think we’re in for a tight finish.

We know that the Knight Riders went on that long losing run. However, their most recent outing produced an emphatic victory over Mumbai Indians. Kings XI Punjab, meanwhile, come here on the back of three straight losses. Maybe it’s only home advantage that’s making KXIP favourites and when we’re betting on IPL markets, we know that this isn’t a big factor.

It’s a tight call. We tipped a Kings XI win when KKR were on that dismal run. Therefore, we’ll back R Ashwin’s men to respond.

Match Odds Summary: Kings XI Punjab: 1.95 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Kolkata Knight Riders: 2.00.

What are the top batsman IPL tips for Kings XI Punjab v Knight Riders?

For our match tip to come in, we need both KL Rahul and Chris Gayle to fire for Kings XI Punjab. The side relies so heavily on their opening pair and the top batsman profit usually comes from one of these two big hitters. For Friday’s game against KKR, Gayle and Rahul start as joint favourites at 3.50 with Bet365.

Mayank Agarwal and David Miller are also locked on the same price – 5.50. Other KXIP options include Nicholas Pooran at 6.00, and Mandeep Singh at 15.00.

For the Knight Riders, Andre Russell burst into life against Mumbai and his 80 from just 40 balls sealed the game. Dre Russ was available at 5.00 to top score in that fixture and he remains at 5.00 for Friday’s game.

The favourite to top score for Kolkata is Chris Lynn at 3.75. We also know that the Aussie is dangerous, but inconsistent. Other potential picks for our IPL 2019 Satta include Shubman Gill at 5.00, Nitish Rana at 6.50, Dinesh Karthik at 8.00, and Sunil Narine at 10.00.

Betting on IPL top batsman markets means looking away from the obvious bet at times. Gayle and Rahul have largely sewn things up for Kings XI Punjab this season. But there have been isolated profits from elsewhere. One batter in need of a score is David Miller. The South African is too good a player to be out of form for long. We’re therefore happy to make him our IPL 2019 Satta for this game.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: Kings XI Punjab: Gayle 3.50 (Bet365), Rahul 3.50, Miller 5.50 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Agarwal 5.50, Pooran 6.00, Singh 15.00.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Lynn 3.75, Gill 5.00, Russell 5.00, Rana 6.50, Karthik 8.00, Narine 10.00.

What are the most sixes IPL tips for Kings XI Punjab v Knight Riders?

While we’ve backed David Miller to fire ahead of Gayle and Rahul, we still feel that Kings XI should be scoring most sixes in this match. Kolkata Knight Riders are favourites to record most maximums. Still, they’re mainly relying on Andre Russell to deliver a profit here.

KXIP have greater depth in terms of six hitting and we think Ravi Ashwin’s men are a value pick at 2.25.

Most Sixes Odds Summary: Kings XI Punjab 2.25 (Betway – Editor’s Pick), Kolkata Knight Riders 1.85, The Tie 8.50.