The 2014 IPL is upon as. The first match is on Wedneday 16th April and is between the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Throughout the duration of the tournament, Paddy Power are running a money back special, where they will give you your money back on Match Bets (ie, Team A to beat Team B), if that IPL fixture is decided on the last ball of the match.
Betfred also have an IPL offer on. If you place a bet on the Top Batsman market on any IPL game and your player scores 50 or more but isn’t the top scorer, Betfred will still pay you out as a winner.
The competition is made up of 56 Round Robin matches, which will then be followed by 2 qualifiers, and 1 eliminator, which will determine who contests the final which is being held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, on 1st June.
The first 20 matches of the tournament are being held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as there is elections in India, which the tournaments organisers don’t want to clash with.
From the 21st match onwards (Friday 2nd may), the competition will head back to it’s natural home in India, where it will be played out to it’s completion – a full IPL fixture list can be found here.
The tournament will be held in 13 different stadiums, with 3 in the UAE (Sharjar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai), and 10 Indian venues, including iconic grounds such as Eden Gardens and the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Two favourites for this this year’s IPL. To start with we have the Royal Challengers Bangalore. They are captained by the most in form T20 batsman in world cricket, Virat Kohli. Their coach is Daniel Vettori, who although being fresh in the job, will still be up to speed with current players and how the game is played.
They also have the small matter of Chris Gayle to add to Virat Kohli in their batting ranks. No surprise to see them as favourites.
The other joint favourites are the Chennai Super Kings. The Super Kings are coached by Stephen Fleming and are captained by MS Dhoni, arguably the best captain/coach combination in world cricket.
Other star players include Dwayne Bravo, Ravichandran Ashwin, John Hasting, Samuel Badree and Brendon McCullum.
Next in the IPL betting odds come the Hyderbad Sunrisers. The Sunrisers are captained by Shikhar Dhawan and coached by Tom Moody. Star players include the big hitting David Warner, Aaron Finch, Darren Sammy and top paceman, Dale Steyn.
The IPL defending Champions are the Mumbai Indians. They are captained by Rohi Shamra, and coached by Kiwi, John Wright. Star players are Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, and last year’s Orange Cap winner (top run scorer), Michael Hussey.
The Kings XI come next. They are captained by George Bailey, and coached by Sanjay Bangar. Star players include Mitchell Johnson and Virender Sehwag.
The Delhi Daredevils are 6th in the betting, and with a coaching/captain combination of Gary Kirsten and Kevin Pietersen, it’s hard to see how they start the tournament so far down the betting. Star performers are Murali Vijay, Ross Taylor and JP Duminy.
The Rajasthan Royals are captained by Shane Watson, and coached by Paddy Upton. Previous winners in 2008, the Royals head into this year’s competition as one of the outsiders. Star names are James Faulkner, Brad Hodge and Tim Southee.
And finally we have the Kolkata Knight Riders bringing up the rear. They are captained by Gautam Gambhir and coached by Trevor Bayliss, not a bad combination on paper. Other big names in the squad include Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel.
IPL each-way betting sees all of the above bookmakers paying out on a top 2 finish (get to the finish), with Bet365 and Ladbrokes paying out 1/2 the odds, compared to the rest of the bookmakers listed, who are only paying out on 1/3 of the odds.