Lucknow Super Giants vs Chennai Super Kings Winner Prediction
Recommended Bet: Back Lucknow Super Giants to win @ 2.18 with Parimatch
It’s true that CSK will be better for the availability of Moeen Ali, while Lucknow will continue to have to make do without their trio of Stoinis, Holder and Mayer.
That’s a problem for Lucknow but not one that can’t be managed. Even with Lewis batting out of position, that Rahul/De Kock/Lewis Top 3 looks like it could cause some damage and sooner or later those three will put on or chase, a really big total.
CSK may take some time to adapt to life under Jadeja and just don’t look quite the side they were last year.
In other words, there’s not much to choose between these two but if it’s a high-scoring game, which it could well be, it’s perhaps Lucknow who have the batsmen better suited to that.
More to the point, chasing should be a big advantage either way and so it makes sense to go with the outsider, who will almost go favourites just for winning the toss and batting second.
It’s tight but Lucknow are our match winner pick.
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LSG vs CSK Hot Bet
Recommended Bet: Back Moeen Ali to top score for CSK @ 5.83 with 10CRIC
Ali could be straight into the action here and could well bat at his customary position at number three, like he did last year.
Admittedly, he hasn’t batted much of late and hasn’t played properly since February when he was playing in a T10 tournament.
But he’s not the sort of man to get too rusty from not playing and the way he plays, he may just need two or three big hits to get himself going and then make 40 or 50.
It’s worth remembering that Gaikwad’s excellent IPL record is in the UAE and not India. And that Devon Conway is still very new to the IPL.
So the experienced Ali may not have much to beat, yet is a really good price to be CSK top batsman, at 5.83.
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