The Gujarat Titans (GT) cannot have wished for a better start to their inaugural IPL season. GT have played excellent cricket so far and have established themselves to be one of the favorites to win the 2022 IPL Championship. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have once again had a mixed start to their IPL season, once again proving that they have a lot of potential but consistency continues to be one of their biggest problems.

GT currently sit at the top of the IPL points table with 10 points along with the Rajasthan Royals (RR). GT are ahead of the Royals due to a superior net run rate. The Titans have played six games, won 5 of them, and lost just 1. KKR currently sit in 6th place on the IPL points table with 6 points. They have played seven games so far, won 3 of them and lost 4.

GT and KKR will play each other on April 23 at the DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai. Gujarat Titans will want to keep their momentum going and put in a dominant performance against KKR. There will be a lot more pressure on KKR as they know that they need to win this game to give themselves a chance to qualify for the 2022 IPL playoffs.

If KKR end up losing this game to GT, they will likely drop further down the IPL points table and find it hard to break into the top 4 during this 2022 IPL season.

KKR vs GT Odds

If you look at the performance of these two teams in the 2022 IPL season, you would think that GT would be the heavy betting favorite in this game. However, that’s not the case as Bet365 have given both teams odds of 1.91 in this game, which we think is quite strange.

KKR are definitely the more experienced team as Gujarat Titans are playing their first IPL season. This might be one reason why the betting sites in India are backing KKR to make a strong push to win this game.

However, our betting experts don’t agree with these odds as we think GT definitely have the moment and the edge going into this game.

KKR vs GT Betting Sites

KKR vs GT Match Prediction

GT have won their last two games while KKR have lost their last three games. Gujarat Titans are coming into this game with a lot of confidence while KKR are looking to get a win and stop their losing streak.

Our experts have taken two key aspects into consideration to determine which team we think will end up winning this game. We have looked at the current performance of both teams in the 2022 IPL and give the edge to GT as they are coming off 2 wins while KKR are coming off two losses.

The second criteria is the quality of the playing XI and we think that GT has the stronger side on paper. We are going to put our money on Gujarat Titans to win this game and continue to stay at the top of the IPL points table.

KKR: Struggling To Get Their Selection Right

We think one of the main reasons why KKR are struggling is because they are still yet to work out their best playing XI. They are also struggling to put together the right batting line-up and their experiments with the batting order are hurting them.

Kolkata Knight Riders have also struggled because Pat Cummins is not having a good time with the ball and their mystery spinner V Chakravarthy has been very expensive.

KKR brought S Narine back to the top of the order in the last game and the experiment failed. We think KKR should make the decision to drop Cummins and replace him with T Southee while V Chakravarthy should be replaced by left-arm spinner and big hitter Ramesh Kumar.

N Rana should be pushed to the top of the order to open with A Finch and S Narine should drop down the order. If KKR don’t make these changes, we think they will struggle against GT on April 23.

GT: Opening Combination Needs To Be Addressed

While GT have played great cricket, they do have a couple of weaknesses that KKR can target. GT are struggling with their opening combination as their experiments with Matthew Wade and W Saha at the top of the order have not worked so far. GT have done well so far because of some brilliant individual performances.

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Their captain H Pandya missed their last game and R Khan took over and did a great job with the captaincy. If H Pandya does not play this game, it will increase KKR’s chances of winning as H Pandya plays a big role in this batting and bowling. Gujarat Titans need to find a good opening combination and also strengthen their middle order.

We think M Wade and W Saha should be dropped in favor of the younger wicket-keeper batter and overseas player R Gurbaz. If GT are willing to experiment now, they could end up becoming an even stronger team.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Gujarat Titans Betting Tips

Here are the Bet365 IPL betting tips for this particular match:

KKR vs GT Betting Tip For Top Batsman

The top batters for Kolkata Knight Riders are S Iyer (3.6), A Finch (4), and N Rana (4.5) in this game are while the top batters for GT are S Gill (3.4), R Gurbaz (4.5). We advise you to go with Shubhman Gill.

KKR vs GT Betting Tip For Top Bowler

KKR have struggled with their bowling this season. Their most dangerous bowlers are S Narine (4), T Southee (4.5), and R Kumar (5.5). The bowlers that we expect to take the most wickets for GT are R Khan (3.6), A Joseph (5), and M Shami (3.6).

KKR vs GT Betting Tip For Player of The Match

The three match-winners for KKR are most likely going to be A Russell (8), S Narine (10), and S Iyer (8). The three players that can win the game for GT are H Pandya (9.5), R Gurbaz (13), and D Miller (12).

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Titans Projected Playing XI

We think both teams should be willing to experiment and make some changes. GT can afford to test some of their bench strength as they sit in a comfortable position. KKR don’t have any option but to experiment or they will end up on the losing side again.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Aaron Finch, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer (C), Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sheldon Jackson, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Ramesh Kumar, Shivam Mavi.

Gujarat Titans: Sai Sudarshan, Shubhman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (C), David Miller, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph,  Jayant Yadav, Mohamed Shami.

KKR vs GT Head To Head Record

These two teams have never played each other in IPL history and this is the first season for the Gujarat Titans. So we don’t really have any stats from history that will give us an indication as to how this game might play out.

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