Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) will face each other on 29 April in Pune. PBKS are having a pretty decent IPL season by their standards as they have built a reputation of finishing in the last two teams on the IPL points table.

PBKS are currently on 8 points and in 6th place on the IPL points table. They have played 8 games so far, won 4, and lost 4. Their last game was against the defending champions, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and they put on a great performance and ended up winning that game to keep their hopes of making the 2022 IPL playoffs alive.

PBKS need a win over LSG and they will then make a push to get into the top four teams. They would like to register a big win over LSG as it would definitely help their net run rate. This is not going to be easy as LSG look to be the stronger team on paper. LSG are currently in 4th place on the IPL points table with 10 points.

LSG have played 8 games as of now, won 5 of them, and lost 3. They are coming off a convincing win against the Mumbai Indians which helped boost their net run rate. LSG will want to get some momentum going as they make a strong push to beat PBKS and make a stronger case to be among the top 4 IPL teams to make the playoffs.

Pbks vS LSG Odds

PBKS and LSG have not played each other so far in the tournament. Hence, we don’t have any stats to go by when it comes to analyzing their current betting odds. Parimatch has LSG as slight betting favorites with odds of 1.80 while PBKS are the underdogs with odds of 2.00.

If we are going by how each of these teams have performed during the 2022 IPL, then Parimatch has the odds right as LSG does appear to be the better team.

Our experts take a look at the performance of both these teams during the 2022 IPL betting season and look at the strengths and weaknesses of each team.

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PBKS vs LSG Match Prediction

PBKS have lost a number of games because their batting unit did not fire. They were struggling to find the right combination and were depending heavily on Liam Livingstone. They made one change in their last game by bringing in Sri Lankan B Rajapaksa and batting him at 3.

That move worked well for Punjab Kings and saw them get to 187. PBKS will need to play the same batting line-up against LSG and hope their top players fire.

PBKS do not have a reputation for being consistent. LSG have shown that they have the ability to beat any IPL franchise as they play with no fear. We are going to back LSG to win this game as we feel they are the stronger team.

PBKS’ Bowling Can Be Exploited

If there is one clear weakness with PBKS, it is their bowling. Apart from KG Rabada, they don’t have any threatening bowlers that can run through LSG.

The best strategy for PBKS to win is to bat first, put big runs on the board as that will put the pressure on the opposition and give their bowlers an extra boost.

Middle Order Woes For LSG

Lucknow Super Giants would like to be more consistent by winning more games on the trot. They are struggling to do that because their middle-order has not really fired and been consistent for them.

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They won their last game against the Mumbai Indians because captain KL Rahul cracked a magnificent century but the rest of the LSG batsmen failed. LSG needs more runs from Stoinis, Hooda, and Pandey if they are going to win against PBKS.

Lots Of Variety FOR LSG

LSG definitely have the better bowling line-up in this game. They have a lot more variety on offer and this will pose a challenge to PBKS. Left-hander M Khan opened the bowling for LSG in their last game and is likely to do so against PBKS.

The tall West Indian J Holder will get bounce on just about any wicket and then the left-arm spin of K Pandya will cause trouble in the middle-overs. LSG will always be in with a chance to win, thanks to their strong bowling attack.

PBKS vs LSG Betting Tips

Apart from betting on the outright result of this game, here are a couple of side bets you can consider.

PBKS vs LSG Top Batsman

The key batters for PBKS are going to be S Dhawan (3.5), B Rajapaksa (4), and L Livingstone (4.5) while the batters that are likely to win the game for LSG are captain KL Rahul (2.88), Quinton de Kock (3.75) and M Stoinis (6.5).

We are backing Q de Kock for this market.

PBKS vs LSG Top Bowler

PBKS is going to need their bowlers to step up and bowl well in this game if they are going to win. The likely candidates that can cause trouble are going to be KG Rabada (3.2), R Chahar (3.75), and A Singh (4.5) while the three bowlers that will hold the key for LSG are K Pandya (4.75), A Khan (3.2) and P Chameera (4.5).

We are going with Avesh Khan for this market.

PBKS vs LSG Player of the Match

We do believe that this game is likely to be decided by a match-winning performance from one of the key players from each side, rather than an overall team performance. The three players that can win the game for PBKS are S Dhawan (7.5), L Livingstone (7.5), and KG Rabada (12) while the three players that are likely to star for LSG are KL Rahul (6.5), M Stoinis (12) and J Holder (13).

We are predicting Liam Livingstone to win this one.

Punjab Kings vs. Lucknow Super Giants Projected Playing XI

These two teams are not likely to make any significant changes to their playing XI as they are both coming off wins. The likely playing XI for these two teams should be as follows, barring any sudden injuries.

Punjab Kings: M Agarwal (C), S Dhawan, B Rajapaksa, J Bairstow, L Livingstone, J Sharma, R Dhawan, KG Rabada, R Chahar, A Singh, S Sharma.

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

Punjab Kings vs. Lucknow Super Giants Head To Head

These two teams have never played each other in IPL history so far. LSG are playing their first IPL season and will meet PBKS for the first time on 29 April. Hence, we don’t have any head-to-head stats for these two teams and will have to go by the current performance of each team in determining the final winner.

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