Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Betting Tips & Predictions

ELIMINATOR: RCB vs KKR Betting Tips & Predictions IPL 2021
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Betting Expert, James Pacheco

Last updated on 5th January 2022

Published: 10/10/2021

Categories: Cricket, Predictions

We’re at Sharjah for this one in yet another game from the 2021 Indian Premier League and there’s plenty of IPL betting tips to come! This match will be played on October 11, with a start time of 7:30 pm IST. 

If you like live cricket betting on Indian websites, read on because we have the best RCB v KKR betting tips coming up next. As ever, they’re completely free for our Indian readers.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders Betting Odds

Up next, our free cricket betting tips for today’s IPL match!  There are reasons to think that KKR shouldn’t be outsiders here and I’m about to tell you what they are. It’s a close game but I just about favour Eoin Morgan’s men.

I’ll also tell you why odds of 4.75 on Glenn Maxwell for top RCB batsman have to be snapped up.  Spoiler alert: he’s playing out of his skin and has got past fifty in four of his last five games.

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Match-winner: Kolkata 2.02 Pure Win
Toss winner: Kolkata 1.89 Pure Win
HOT BET! RCB Top Batsman: Glenn Maxwell 4.75 Betway

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Royal Challengers Bangalore Team News

Royal Challengers Bangalore will be happy about the way they went about their business on Friday. An excellent effort from Srikar Bharat got them home when for much of the innings it didn’t seem that way at all.

But if Bharat was something of an unlikely hero, then the other man who made it happen with the bat, Glenn Maxwell, has pretty much been their hero all season.

It makes you wonder, Had the big-hitting Aussie not been in the sort of form, would they have made the playoffs at all?

It may sound like a strange thing to say but their destiny from this stage onwards may well just depend on how well he goes on an individual basis.

He’ll feature as an overseas player alongside RCB legend AB de Villiers. The others will be George Garton who has improved but not yet peaked, and Dan Christian.

We’re big fans of Christian here at Bet India but he’s yet to come to the party.

Maybe a big game will bring out the best in him.

RCB Likely XI

Padikkal, Kohli, Maxwell, Bharat, de Villiers, Christian, Ahmed, Garton, Patel, Siraj, Chahal.

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Kolkata Knight Riders Team News

Kolkata Knight Riders will be happy to even have got this far because there were times during this campaign where they really didn’t look like they’d manage it.

They’ve improved considerably with the ball over the past few matches and central to that has been the form of Lockie Ferguson. He was injured for the first half of the season but since he’s returned, he’s bowled with real pace and menace, taking 10 wickets in just five games.

But if their bowling looks in good shape, their batting still looks a bit inconsistent.  Eoin Morgan has had a horrid season while the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Ntin Rana haven’t really got going either. In a tough chase they may just come short.

Andre Russell, as is so often the case, is struggling to be fit.

If he’s nowhere near 100% he shouldn’t play because Shakib Al-Hasan is doing a very solid job in his absence.

KKR Likely XI

Gill, Iyer, Rana, Tripathi, Morgan, Karthik, Al Hasan, Narine, Ferguson, Chakravarthy, Mavi.

Venue & conditions

As we’ve said all season, it’s been much harder to try and work out what par scores are here in the UAE than in other tournaments.

Just when the tendency is for scores to become lower with wearing pitches coming into play and some team all of a sudden goes ballistic and gets a big one.

But you’d think the advantage lies with the chaser, who at least knows what their target is.

RCB vs KKR Head-to-Head

Things are very level indeed between these two, both in the long and short term. KKR are 15-13 ahead over the years and over the past three seasons, it’s been extremely level, as well.

It was one win apiece this season, two wins for RCB last year, one each in 2019 and two wins for KKR back in 2018. Not much to choose between them at all.

RCB vs KKR Head-to-Head IPL 2021

RCB vs KKR Toss Prediction

RCB are considerably ahead when it comes to the toss. That’s a surprise because we always make a point of saying how poor Kohli’s record is at the toss.

For good measure, he won both of them this season so we could assume it’s KKR who ‘are due’. They’re the ones we’re going with.

RCB vs KKR Toss Prediction IPL 2021

TEAMS TOSS WIN %
RCB 16 57.14%
KKR 12 42.86%

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders Winner Prediction

Recommended Bet: Back KKR to win @ 2.02 with Pure Win

The betting sites are finding it very hard to split the two.

RCB are favourites but there isn’t much in it. KKR remember are slightly ahead on head to head and come into this game with their bowling attack in good shape.

RCB on the other hand finished above them and are fresh from a really good win last time out, although of course, so are KKR.

They each won one this season so that doesn’t help us, either.

I’ll go with KKR because I favour their bowling line-up and because there’s been an over-dependence on Maxwell for RCB.

Sooner or later, he’ll get out cheaply and if this is the game he does, they may struggle.

If you’re in doubt between two teams who look evenly matched, always go with the outsider.

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RCB vs KKR Hot Bet

Recommended Bet: Back Glenn Maxwell to be RCB Top  Batsman @ 4.75 with Betway

I’ve been talking about Maxwell all preview, so it’s no surprise that he features as the Hot Bet.

But what can you do? He’s won three man of the match awards so far this season and has been one of the best players of the whole tournament. A far cry from his annus horribilis in 2020 at Punjab.

He’s currently fifth for most runs in the whole IPL. If he batted higher he’d probably be top. Only KL Rahul can match his six fifties for the tournament.

In his last five games he got four fifties, top scoring in three of them. In one of the other two, he fell one run short of Padikkal…who ran him out.

Kohli and Padikkal are out of form at the top of the order and it’s a big ask for Bharat to do it all over again. Maxwell may seem an obvious choice but he’s also a very good one.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore v KKR fun facts

Let’s round things off with some fun facts ahead of the game.

  • Maxwell may ‘only’ be fifth on the list of top batsmen in the IPL but with a strike rate of 147, it’s the best of anyone in the Top 5.
  • Fellow RCB batsman Padikkal was one of only three players to score a century so far this season.
  • KKR dismissed RCB for 92 earlier this season and won by nine wickets. No RCB batsman got past 22.