Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Predictions

Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Predictions Friday April 9th
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Betting Expert, James Pacheco

Last updated on 9th April 2021

Published: 06/04/2021

Categories: Cricket, Predictions

Defending champions the Mumbai Indians open up proceedings against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday, April 9, start time 8.30 PM IST.  As is the case with all IPL Group matches this year, it will be held at a neutral venue, in this case, at Chennai.

If you’re looking for the latest IPL betting, you’ll find Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challenger Banglore winner predictions and betting tips here!

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Mumbai vs Bangalore betting predictions

As part of our daily cricket betting tips, I have listed today’s MI vs RCB betting tips. I predict that Mumbai will win today’s IPL game.

Bet Odds Site
Match Winner: Mumbai 1.62 Casumo
Toss Winner: Mumbai 1.90 10CRIC
RCB Top Batsman: Virat Kohli 2.90 10CRIC
HOT BET! RCB Top Bowler: Yuzvendra Chahal 3.0 10CRIC

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Mumbai Team News

The XI they pick to play this game is likely to be almost exactly the same as the side that beat Delhi in last year’s final.  It’s very possible that the only change is Rahul Chahar coming in for Jayant Yadav.

That means overseas places for Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Trent Boult. Mumbai Indians also need to decide where to bat Ishan Kishan. He can bat anywhere but they may decide to play him at four this time and promote him in the future.

Likely XI: Rohit, De Kock, Yadav, Kishan, Pollard, Hardik, Krunal, Coulter-Nile, Chahar, Bumrah, Boult

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RCB Team News

It’s anyone’s guess as to how Royal Challengers Bangalore will go about picking just four overseas players.  AB de Villiers is a shoo-in and it would be a surprise if Glenn Maxwell doesn’t play as well.

But after that it’s Dan Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams and Kane Richardson fighting it out for the two remaining spots.  Virat Kohli looks set to open the batting this season but his most likely partner, Devdutt Padikkal, is likely to miss the game after testing positive for Covid.

Likely XI: Kohli, Maxwell, De Villiers, Azharuddin, Sachin Baby, Christian, Sundar, Jamieson, Chahal, Saini, Siraj.

Venue & conditions

Chennai is known as a spin-friendly venue, so the likes of Chahal, Sundar, Chahar and Krunal Pandya are likely to be busy. This is a ground where you can score quickly at the death though, so as long as there are some wickets in hand, late runs can be scored whether batting first or second.

Yuzvendra Chahal playing for RCB. He's our choice to be their top bowler in our Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Predictions for April 9th 2021

MI vs RCB Head-to-Head

Unsurprisingly, Mumbai are way ahead on the head-to-head with 17 wins playing 10. However, things have been a bit tighter of late,  RCB winning two of the last five which included coming out on top in a Super Over.

MI vs RCB head to head

Toss Winner

No pressure on Kohli here, but we all know how bad he is with the coin toss. Not to mention our Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Banglore statistics show that MI have won 66% of the tosses.

MI vs RCB toss winner stats

TEAMS TOSS WINS WIN PERCENT
Mumbai Indians 18 wins 66.67%
Royal Challengers Bangalore 9 wins 33.33%

Mumbai vs Bangalore Match Winner Prediction

Recommended bet: Back Mumbai to win @ 1.62 with Casumo

RCB may improve in relation to last year on the back of some good signings in key areas. But it may take a while for them to find their best XI and Mumbai are hardly the side you want to be facing while you’re looking to find the right balance.

It also doesn’t help that RCB will be without Devdutt Padikkal, meaning they’ll have to use a makeshift opener in this game.

As for MI, there are no reasons to think they won’t hit the ground running, especially given they’re likely to field such a familiar XI.

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Best Top Batsman Bet

Recommended Bet: Back Virat Kohli to be RCB Top Batsman @ 2.9 with 10CRIC

Virat Kohli was extremely consistent in that white-ball Series against England.  These were his last eight scores: 0, 73, 77, 1, 80, 56, 66, 7. So five out of eight times he passed fifty. Doing so here may well be enough.

The good news for Kohli fans (and backers) is that he’s expected to open the batting for the whole season, which just helps his cause.

The other advantage you have here is that Padikkal is absent so whoever opens with Kohli won’t be used to the task in hand.

Today’s Hot Bet

Recommended Bet: Back Yuzvendra Chahal to be RCB Top Bowler @ 3.0 with 10CRIC

Sometimes things are more straightforward than they look.

Yuzvendra Chahal was RCB’s top wicket-taker last season by some distance, claimed three wickets in two matches against the Indians last term and will be playing at one of the most spin-friendly venues in the IPL. Go with the tried and trusted Chahal.

Mumbai vs Bangalore fun statistics

  • RCB remain one of the three current IPL teams not to have won it yet.
  • New RCB signing Dan Christian has won a total of nine T20 domestic titles, including twice winning the English T20 Cup and winning the Big Bash with three different teams, most recently in 2021 with the Sydney Sixers.
  • Ishan Kishan has made two T20I appearances for India. That means he’s still eligible to win the Emerging Player of the Year Award, because it’s open to players who have played 5 or less T20I games.
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