Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) will have mixed feelings as they go into the Eliminator against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). LSG are playing their first IPL tournament and will be pleased with their performance as they have made it to the IPL playoffs in their very first season. However, they will be a bit disappointed that they did not finish in the top 2 spots on the IPL table as they had every opportunity to do so.

If they finished in the top 2, they would be playing Qualifier 1 instead of the Eliminator. LSG will take on RCB on May 25 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. This will be the first game that both teams will play at the Eden Gardens which should have a packed stadium, with more fans for RCB than LSG.

RCB scraped through and booked themselves a spot in the IPL playoffs by beating table-toppers the Gujarat Titans (GT) in their last outing. RCB put in a great performance in their last game as V Kohli who has disappointed for most of the IPL stepped up with a player of the match performance. RCB will take a lot of confidence from that win and will look to use that momentum to eliminate LSG and make it to Qualifier 2.

These two teams will be under pressure as the loser goes home. RCB definitely have more experience playing under pressure in the IPL and should have an edge over LSG. We take a look at the betting odds for the Eliminator and share our experts share key factors that will determine the outcome of this game.

2022 IPL: LSG vs RCB Betting Sites

LSG vs RCB Odds

LSG should have a slight edge given the fact that they have 16 points on the IPL points table and RCB have 14 points. However, considering the fact that RCB just beat GT and have the momentum on their side, Bet365 has given both teams odds of 1.91.

Our betting experts agree with these odds as we think that this is going to be a very close game. The Eliminator will have a lot more pressure than Qualifier 1 and we think this game will go down to the wire.

LSG vs RCB Match Prediction

We expect LSG to put up an even better fight in their second outing against RCB but we do believe that RCB will win this game. LSG are playing in their first IPL playoffs and the pressure will be something new for them to handle as a team.

We also believe RCB are the stronger side with more match-winning players and hence we are going to put our money on RCB to win the Eliminator and make it to Qualifier 2.

LSG’s Openers

LSG won their last game against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) after their openers put on a batting masterclass in T20 cricket. Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul put together an unbeaten opening partnership of 210 and will be very keen on carrying that form into the Eliminator. If any one of these players get going, it is going to be difficult for RCB to win.

LSG: Weak Bowling Attack

LSG are certainly a lot stronger in the batting department than they are in the bowling department. Their bowling strength and depth are going to be tested against RCB who have a very attacking batting line-up. LSG don’t have any superstars in the bowling department and this might end up hurting them against RCB.

Will V Kohli Perform?

V Kohli is a big match player and he showed his class in the last game which was a crucial one for RCB. Kohli has played poorly throughout this season but RCB have backed him and Kohli would dearly like to repay their faith by playing a couple more big innings and taking RCB to their first-ever IPL Championship.

Even if Kohli does not perform, RCB does have some great batters in captain Faf du Plessis, the big show Glenn Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik.

LSG vs RCB Betting Tips

The most popular bet in the Eliminator is going to be the outright winner between LSG and RCB. However, there are a number of other side bets that you can put your money on during the 2022 IPL betting season.

Top Batsman: We don’t expect this to be a high-scoring game in terms of teams crossing 200 but we do expect a decent pitch that should produce a 160 to 170 score. The three key batters for LSG are going to be both openers KL Rahul (3.1), Quinton de Kock (3.6), and M Stoinis (9.5) while the three key batters for RCB will be former captain V Kohli (3.4), captain Faf du Plessis (3.4) and the big show Glenn Maxwell (5).

Top Bowler: LSG are going to face a lot of pressure in the bowling department and it will be up to A Khan (3.4), J Holder (3.75), and M Khan (5). RCB have a lot more depth in their bowling line-up and hence the pressure will be evenly spread. We think the three key bowlers for RCB are going to be J Hazelwood (3.75), WH de Silva (3.4), and H Patel (4).

Player of the Match: The three key players that have the ability to win the game for LSG are going to be KL Rahul (6), Quinton de Kock (8.5), and M Stoinis (13). The three match-winners for RCB are likely going to be Faf du Plessis (9), V Kohli (7), and WH de Silva (9).

LSG vs RCB Projected Playing XI

We expect the playing XI for both sides to be more or less similar to the last game.

Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul (C), Quinton de Kock, M Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, J Holder, Krunal Pandya, M Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, A Khan, Dushmantha Chameera.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (C), V Kohli, R Patidar, G Maxwell, D Karthik, S Ahmed, M Lomror, WH de Silva, H Patel, S Kaul, J Hazelwood.

Lucknow Super Giants vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore Head To Head

LSG and RCB have played each other once during the 2022 IPL and RCB got the better of LSG on this occasion. RCB ended up having a rather comfortable game and won by 18 runs.

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