Tips: The Week Ahead
Bad weather in India delayed the start of the IPL playoffs, meaning that four sides – Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians – remain in contention for the title. Of those, Punjab have been in the best form and are a best price of 2.62 with Stan James. Kolkata made a late run to finish second in the league table and are 3.25 at Sportingbet. It would be a big surprise if those two did not contest the final. Mumbai (7.0 at Ladbrokes) scraped into the playoffs on net run rate in their final game whilst Chennai, who were very strong in the early weeks of the tournament, lost three of their final four games and are as long as 6.0 with SpreadEx.
One of the problems that IPL sides have is that at the end of the tournament they can lose their good overseas players to international duty and that has happened to all four sides, who have lost New Zealand and Sri Lankan players.
The series between England and Sri Lanka stands poised at 1-1 with three games to go. It has been a curious opening, with England comprehensively winning the first game and then being thrashed in the second. As a result, both teams are currently trading at 1.9 to win the series, with Stan James and William Hill respectively. With bad weather forecast for most of England during the coming week, though, a bet on that rare thing, a drawn series, might be a best option as one game being washed out is a very strong possibility.