Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders: IPL Betting Tips

By Matt Harris on April 4, 2019

On Friday, the Royal Challengers host a Kolkata Knight Riders side who sit in fourth place with two wins from three. The visitors should be confident of adding to their opponents’ misery. But who do our IPL tips for Royal Challengers v Knight Riders favour?

What are the IPL tips for Royal Challengers v Knight Riders?

Four games into IPL 2019 and Royal Challengers Bangalore are desperate for a win. We’re used to RCB disappointing us. However, four straight defeats leaves Virat Kohli’s men in serious danger of an early exit from the competition.

Despite the form table pointing to KKR, however, the sportsbooks can’t split these two teams ahead of Friday. Royal Challengers Bangalore are available at odds of 1.90. Meanwhile, Betway have that same price of 1.90 next to the name of the Knight Riders.

RCB surely have to win at some point. But their form is dismal, and when Kohli and De Villiers aren’t firing, the team seems lost. KKR have lost just once and that was via a Super Over. Therefore, based on that form guide, we have to side with Kolkata for this one.

Match Odds Summary: Royal Challengers Bangalore 1.90, Kolkata Knight Riders 1.90 (Betway – Editor’s Pick).

What are the top batsman IPL tips for Royal Challengers v Knight Riders?

Virat Kohli has yet to top score in any game for RCB at this tournament. That’s an obvious clue as to why they are performing so badly. Against the Knight Riders, Kohli still remains favourite in Bangalore’s top batsman market, and you can pick up the skipper at odds of 3.00.

Only Bet365 has odds for this bet at the moment. They also have AB De Villiers at 4.00, followed by Parthiv Patel at 5.00. Patel has delivered a profit twice at IPL 12, so may be a good pick here. Other options include Marcus Stoinis and Moeen Ali at 6.50, Shimron Hetmyer at 7.50 and Shivam Dube at a generous 13.00.

For the Knight Riders, Andre Russell has been a standout performer with bat and ball. The big hitting West Indian will therefore tempt many at his odds of 6.50. We have joint favourites here with Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa available at 4.00. Meanwhile, Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine are both on offer at 5.50. Moving further back, other selections for KKR include Dinesh Karthik at 7.00 and Carlos Brathwaite at 11.00.

There are some tempting odds in there and Karthik looks particularly generous at 7.00. Nevertheless, we’re going for Chris Lynn to top score for KKR. The Aussie is inconsistent, but is due a big score and we think that RCB will be on the receiving end of his power hitting.

Top Batsman Odds Summary: Kohli 3.00, De Villiers 4.00, Patel 5.00, Stoinis 6.50, Ali 6.50, Hetmyer 7.50, Dube 13.00.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Uthappa 4.00, Lynn 4.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Rana 5.50, 5.50, Karthik 7.00, Brathwaite 11.00.

What are the top bowler IPL tips for Royal Challengers v Knight Riders?

We overlooked Andre Russell in the previous market, but should we consider him for top KKR bowler instead? Dre Russ looks a little short at 4.00 with Bet365 in a market where Kuldeep Yadav starts as favourite at 3.25 with Bet365 again. Other picks here include Sunil Narine at 4.33, Harry Gurney at 4.50, Piyush Chawla at 5.00 and Carlos Brathwaite at 5.50 – all with Bet365.

In all honesty, we were hoping for a little more value on this bet. However, we’ll stay with Andre Russell as the IPL 2019 satta here. The West Indian is proving to be a trusted operator with the ball in his hand and with wickets set to tumble at the death. So we think his bowling will get KKR over the line.

Kolkata Knight Riders Top Bowler Odds Summary: Yadav, 3.25, Russell 4.00 (Bet365 – Editor’s Pick), Narine 4.33, Gurney 4.50, Chawla 5.00, Brathwaite 5.50.