It’s do or die for both teams from now on in the Indian Premier League, and I’ve looked at the live cricket satta rates to put together some LSG vs RCB betting tips ahead of the IPL Eliminator.
Newcomers LSG weren’t as impressive as their fellow tournament debutants the Gujarat Titans, but still made the playoffs comfortably following a strong IPL Mega Auction.
The RCB have the Mumbai Indians to thank for making the playoffs - Delhi Capitals’ defeat to Rohit Sharma’s side mean they still have a shot of making a maiden IPL title.
The first ball is slung down from 7.30 pm (IST) on Wednesday 25th May at Eden Gardens - you can find my full IPL betting breakdown by scrolling down!
The LSG vs RCB betting odds are predicting a win for LSG, but there is something about RCB’s path to the playoffs that makes me think 2022 could be the year they end the drought!
The three-times runner-ups have one of the strongest batting line-ups in the tournament on paper. Virat Kohli was finding his form toward the end of the campaign - the stage is set for the talisman to take his team to the final. My free cricket betting tips revolve around a win for the RCB at a slightly bigger price!
Match Winner: RCB
Toss Winner: LSG
Virat Kohli to be RCB Top Batsman
My LSG vs RCB betting tips were a close call - I love what KL Rahul is cultivating at the LSG, and the way his team has played throughout the IPL 22 has been enthralling. Their win over the Kolkata Knight Riders remains one of the most astonishing IPL games I have ever seen - I am still rubbing my eyes at that Evin Lewis catch!
But I am a great believer in momentum in cricket, and the way in which the RCB have snuck into the playoffs could be the filip they needed to mount a serious title challenge.
A failure to sustain a winning run was one of the chief reasons the RCB almost missed out on the playoffs - on three occasions they managed back-to-back wins, but only once did it extend beyond a two-game streak.
The regular season match between these two ended in an 18-run win for RCB - they know what it takes to see off a dangerous LSG outfit. On that occasion, skipper Faf de Plessis hit 96 from 64 balls - can the captain lead from the front once more?
At evens, I think the RCB are a good-looking bet.
Let’s address the elephant in the room - it has been a largely miserable campaign for one of India’s best ever batmen.
He has endured no fewer than three Golden Ducks this campaign - that’s the same number of first-ball dismissals he suffered in his previous 14 years in the IPL.
However, class is permanent - if you would pardon the cliche - and Kohli has bundles of it! All of his timing, shot selection, and strokeplay came back in full force with a hugely important 73 runs from 54 balls in their final match against the table-topping Titans.
Now would be a good time for Kohli to reassert himself on this tournament - he’s a fierce competitor, a driven mentality, and a generational talent. I am backing him to top score for the RCB at 3.2.