IPL 2019 Tournament Winner Guide: Can Anyone Topple Super Kings?

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 4:33 PM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019 4:33 PM UTC

Chennai are the holders but who are the best picks to give them a run for their money on IPL 2019 odds?

<p>In 11 editions of the Indian Premier League, only once has a franchise managed to land back-to-back titles. That was the Chennai Super Kings in 2011. So it is not entirely surprising that the Super Kings, holders this year, go off at second jolly status behind Sunrisers Hyderabad.<br /><br />Betting the Super Kings again is not dumb. Throughout the tournament their IPL odds have always been attractive for punters because they have been remarkably consistent. They have never failed to finish inside the top three.<br /><br />They are outliers in that regard. When looking at what a winner has done the previous year as a guide to growing momentum, it is important to note that only twice has a team come from outside the top four the previous year to win the next. This year, then: Sunrisers, Chennai, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals.<br /><br />A look at Chennai’s squads down the years – and other winners – show what sort of roster make-up a team needs. Fast openers, a classy middle-order batsman, an international-class all-rounder, late-order power-hitting, a wily spinner and expert death bowlers. So, other than the Super Kings, of course, who might fit the bill at decent IPL odds…</p><h2>Kolkata Knight Riders</h2><p><br /><strong>Best Odds to Win: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Bet365">6/1 (7.0) Bet365</a></strong></p><p><strong>Best Finishes:</strong> 1st: 2014, 2012; 3rd: 2018, 2017</p><p>Another consistent franchise. Sure, they don’t always hit the heights but it is rare that the punter does not get a run for his or her money. Kolkata tick the boxes in terms of squad balance and in Andre Russell they have a player with the x-factor. We have slight concerns about their bowling but if you’re looking for a team which will keep you interested for the duration they fit the bill.</p><h2>Sunrisers Hyderabad</h2><p><br /><strong>Best Odds to Win: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank" title="William Hill">9/2 (5.5) William Hill</a></strong><br /><br /><strong>Best Finishes:</strong> 1st 2016; 2nd 2018<br /><br />Last year’s runner-up are arguably stronger this year thanks to the returning David Warner. The Sunrisers Hyderabad roster is packed with talent and if they had a weakness at all, their batting could be a little shaky. They have strengthened in that regard bringing in New Zealand international Marin Guptill. In Rashid Khan, Bhuv Kumar and Sidd Kaul they have a nerveless bowling attack and one of the IPL highlights will be watching them defend score after score.</p><h2>Kings XI Punjab</h2><p><br /><strong>Best Odds to Win:<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a" target="_blank" title="BetFred"> 10/1 (11.0) Betfred</a></strong><br /><br /><strong>Best Finishes:</strong> 2nd 2014<br /><br />There can be a fine line between success and failure in Twenty20. What that means is that, often, an average team can squeeze into the play-offs and then they are just one stonking effort away from the money shot. Rarely do IPL odds reflect that chaotic nature. Kings are occasionally brilliant but temperamental. They only need to improve by one win for a last-four spot, though.</p>
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