Betting Odds For Top Three Teams We Think Can Win 2021 IPL
The 2021 IPL is less than two weeks away, and betting operators are already taking bets. IPL 2021 will take place in India from April 9 and run till May 30. The BCCI has scheduled the IPL across six different locations, and no fans will be allowed into the stadium during the initial phase of the IPL.
Most sportsbooks like Bet365 are currently offering IPL outright winner odds. If you are looking to bet on the IPL before the start of the tournament, you can pick your 2021 IPL champions. Our team of cricket experts has looked at the odds for all eight IPL franchises and ignored them.
We decided to pick the top three teams that we think have a great chance of winning the 2021 IPL and share our reasons with you. Our first pick will not surprise anyone as we are picking the defending champions, the Mumbai Indians. However, our next two picks might come as a surprise to a lot of punters.
You cannot leave out the defending champions when you talk about who can win the 2021 IPL. The Mumbai Indians have been the most dominant team in the leagues history, winning 5 IPL Championships and creating history in 2020 when they won their second consecutive trophy.
Their success has been due to great decisions by the team owners to keep the core team together and give captain Rohit Sharma full responsibility in leading this talented team. The Mumbai Indians currently have odds of 4.00 to win the 2021 IPL.
We have listed the Mumbai Indians because they have the most balanced side in the tournament. They have the best young domestic batting talent in T20 cricket with Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav and two fantastic all-rounders in the Pandya brothers. Their bowling department has two of the best death bowlers in world cricket, with J Bumrah and Trent Boult.
While they certainly look like they can win the 2021 IPL, we have put them third on our list to win as we don’t expect them to defy the odds and win their third consecutive championship.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB has arguably been the biggest disappointment in the history of the IPL. They have had a talented bunch of players for most seasons but, for some reason, have failed to impress on the big stage. Their captain Virat Kohli has been at a loss for words to explain why RCB has performed poorly under his leadership.
However, things changed for RCB during the last season as they made it to the playoffs and ended up finishing in fourth place. RCB has once again maintained their faith in captain Virat Kohli, hoping to lead the Challengers to their first trophy in 2021.
Bookmakers have given RCB odds of 6.50 to win the 2021 IPL. RCB has made some key decisions bringing in top-quality international talent that cost them a lot of money. Some of the big international names joining RCB this season include Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, veteran Dan Christian, and Kiwi pacer Kyle Jamieson.
RCB will depend heavily on Kohli, AB Devilliers, and Devdutt Padikkal, who did so well for the team last season. If RCB can get their playing XI correct, especially in the bowling department, and Kohli can bring out the best from Maxwell, we believe RCB has a good chance of winning the IPL.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK had their worst performance in 2020 when they failed to make the playoffs for the first time in history. CSK fans called for wholesale changes to be made to the men in yellow, but the owners have decided not to listen to the fans and stay with their core squad.
CSK will once again be led by MS Dhoni, who could very well be playing his last IPL. Bookmakers have given CSK odds of 8.00 to win the this year. CSK has made a brave decision to stick with the same bunch of players that failed in the 2020 IPL. They did let K Jadhav go after CSK fans begged for him to be released.
We believe that CSK has a good chance to bounce back and win their fourth IPL trophy in 2021. Suresh Raina, who missed the 2020 edition, is back and will take over the key number 3 position.
CSK has also made a couple of strategic buys during the 2021 IPL, including bringing in Moeen Ali and Robin Uthappa. The batting department looks a lot stronger, and their bowling has a lot of variety with the likes of L Ngidi, J Hazelwood, D Chahar, Sam Curran, Imran Tahir, and R Jadeja.