IPL Tips 2014
The 2014 IPL campaign is upon us as a host of the world's best T20 cricketers converge on the sub-continent for six weeks of big hitting, all action cricket. Tom Powell was in superb tipping form the 2013 campaign as his daily match tips garnered plenty of profits throughout the tournament though his outright slecetion Bangalore just missed out on a place in the last four. He was bang on in the previous two years as Chennai and Kolkata came in at decent prices so you daren't miss out on his selections for the 2014 IPL season.
All the very best prices for every market in every single match are available for you to peruse and take advantage of on easyodds.com and Tom will be serving up his best bets for every single match along the way...
Mumbai v Kolkata (Wed, 15:30, ITV4)
Kolkata to win @ 5/4 – BET NOW
Defending champions Mumbai are the ‘home’ team for this 2014 IPL opening match but it’s being played in Abu Dhabi so this is for designation purposes only. The Indians look set to go off at 4/6 to open with a win but they look weaker than last year – joint-leading wicket taker Mitchell Johnson has gone, plus their 2nd highest run scorer Dinesh Karthik, though the signing of ‘Mr. Cricket’ himself IPL specialist Mike Hussey is a plus. Kolkata were a huge let-down last year but their woeful bowling attack looks much better now – the fantastic Sunil Narine returns and is backed up by the likes of Piyush Chawla and Morne Morkel. Narine could be particularly crucial as the Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch is known to turn. All in all, I don’t think KKR should be as big as 5/4 – that’s based on last season’s form – and they look worth a bet to upset the odds.
Delhi v Bangalore (Thurs, 15:30, ITV4)
Delhi to win @ 2.45 - BET NOW
Bangalore look a touch short at 4/6 to win their opening clash against Delhi. As I stated in my outright tip below I think the Challengers are lacking something in the bowling department with too much pressure on Muralitharan and Starc to pick up wickets. Delhi have a plethora of batting talent with Pietersen, Duminy, De Kock and Taylor in their top order and they have a decent enough set of bowlers to defend a decent total. There's not a huge amount to choose between these sides so I'd rather take odds of 2.45 on the exchanges on Delhi winning than 4/6 on Bangalore, a side who haven't advanced from the groups in the last two seasons.
Tom’s recommended IPL outright winner tips:
It’s rare to have an Indian Premier League final without the Chennai Super Kings and there’s little to suggest the two time IPL winners won’t be there or thereabouts in 2014. In the other four IPL campaigns the Super Kings have been runners-up thrice and losing semi-finalists while their group stage performance last year was superb as they finished top with 11 wins from 16. They’ve maintained the bulk of that squad for 2014 with their batting line-up boasting the likes of Suresh Raina, Francois Du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni and Brendon McCullum. There’s a decent mix of styles in their bowling attack and they’ve boosted it this term with the signing of West Indian Samuel Badree who caught the eye at the World T20. Overall, the Super Kings look value at 9/2.
Another side who look worth a punt are the Sunrisers Hyderabad at a best price 13/2. Last year was their first season in the competition and they’d have been more than happy with their performance as they reached the play-offs before eventually being beaten by Rajasthan. They’ve significantly boosted their squad for this campaign with the additions of Aaron Finch and David Warner to add to a side that already had the likes of Darren Sammy and Dale Steyn. There’s a best price 13/2 available on the Sunrisers and that looks to be a value bet.
Tom’s opinion on the other contenders…
Bangalore (5/1): Never won the IPL and not made it out the group for two years in a row. Despite some world class batsmen they look weak in the bowling department.
Mumbai (11/2): A good history in this competition but their squad looks a little short of batsmen with Mike Hussey and Rohit Sharma their only two big names so I’d steer clear of them at 11/2.
Punjab (13/2): Never really made any inroads in the IPL and the bulk of their batsman don’t ply their trade in the sub-continent and I’m not overly enthused by their bowling attack.
Delhi (8/1): Odds of 8/1 are perhaps are touch too big on a side with the likes of Pietersen, Duminy, Taylor and de Kock though like most sides they seem short of top class T20 bowlers. Value at 9/10 to reach the last four though.
Rajasthan (11/1): Not at all convinced with the Royals’ side. A lack of decent batsmen and bowlers could mean a group stage exit for the fifth time in six seasons.
Kolkata (12/1): Usually amongst the favourites but I can see why they aren’t this time around. Very little to shout about beyond Kallis, Gambhir and Narine though they probably don’t deserve to be the rank outsiders.