Caribbean Premier League 2019 Play-offs Preview and Betting Tips

Ed Hawkins

Saturday, October 5, 2019 10:10 AM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 10:10 AM UTC

What are the hot tips and best bets for the play-offs in the T20 tournament?

<div><p>The Caribbean Premier League play-offs are finally here. The eliminator, the St Kitts &amp; Nevis Patriots versis Trinbago Knight Riders, takes place on Sunday with the loser going home. Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents then match up at Warriors’ home ground with the winner booking a final spot and the loser playing a ‘semi-final’ against the winner of the eliminator. Here we profile the four remaining teams...</p><h2>Trinbago Knight Riders</h2><p>The holders have lost four in a row. They have completely collapsed. Either they are taking it easy or they have lost their nerve. They also have the most expensive bowling unit in the competition after bottom-ranked Jamaica. Expect them to come under pressure if they have to defend. One suspects their race is run and against the Patriots, make use of a last chance to bet Kieron Pollard at a massive 10.0 with Betfair for top bat.</p><h2>St Kitts &amp; Nevis Patriots</h2><p>We don’t expect the Patriots to make the final, either, although at odds against - 2.25 (5/4) with Betfair is available – they are probably value versus Trinbago. What we don’t like is their lack of spin options. In a run to the final, where they must win two-in-a-row, we don’t see them having enough variation with the ball. Not surprisingly, their strength is with the bat. They are averaging 167 which is good. And they showed post well if they bat first in Providence with a historic run rate of 8.4 at the venue.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2>Barbados Tridents</h2><p>The Tridents have sorted themselves out. At the start of the campaign they were unbalanced in the field, reliant on Jason Holder and Sandeep Lamichhane. Lamichhane’s absence, and an injury to Dan Christian, has seen them shuffle their pack. In have come Harry Gurney, an expert death bowler, and Shakib-al-Hasan, the Bangladesh genius all-rounder. They are now clearly the second-best team in the tournament and the qualifier will surely be a dress-rehearsal for the final. Gurney, by the way, is consistent top value for top Tridents bowler at around 5.5 (7/2).</p><h2>Guyana Amazon Warriors</h2><p>The Warriors have won ten in a row. We are on them for glory. In a strange way, we’d like them to get a loss out of the way in the qualifier because even the strongest teams have an off day. Our great fear is that they have it in the final. The strength is spin with Chris Green and Imran Tahir, in a high-scoring tournament, tieing down a team for eight overs. And they have great batting depth. We’re happy with our outright wager.</p><h2>Best Bet</h2><p><a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds"><em><strong>Back Kieron Pollard top Trinbago bat v Patriots 10.0 Betfair</strong></em></a></p></div>
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