2021 IPL Final Preview & Betting Tips

October 15th 2021, 1:09pm, By: Mr.Cricket

IPL Final Betting Tips

The IPL season has reached it's crescendo as the Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will square off in the final on Saturday morning from 1.00am! Mr.Cricket has you covered with a full preview and betting tips for the clash below. 

Remember, the IPL Final kicks off a monster few months of cricket including the T20 World Cup, the Ashes and the Big Bash League season! Remember to follow us on Twitter and check our Cricket Tips page for regular updates. 

IPL Final Betting Tips

Dubai International Stadium, Saturday 1.00am (AEST)

It's been a long road, filled with COVID-19 postponements and relocations but we are finally here! The Dubai International Stadium will host the final of the IPL season on Saturday morning as the Chennai Super Kings face off against the Kolkata Knight Riders. 

Chennai Super Kings

Likely XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni, Ravi Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood

The Super Kings have been arguably the best team in the league since the season restarted in the Middle East. They won their first four games after the restart, before going into cruise control towards the end of the season when they had their finals berth wrapped up. 

Channai captured a fantastic win over the Delhi Capitals in the qualifier, chasing down 172 with two balls to spare on the back of brilliant batting performances from Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa. 

The Super Kings are strong from top to bottom, and the form of their Indian batters has really been the catalyst and allowed them to play three bowling internationals from Bravo, Hazlewood, Ali and Curran throughout the season. 

Kolkata Knight Riders

Likely XI: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy

What an impressive result it would be for the Knight Riders if they were to win the IPL Championship on Saturday morning. At the start of the season, they were predicted to be one of the bottom teams in the league, and their task was made even harder when they lost star all-rounder Andre Russel shortly after the restart. 

Russel has been rumoured to be in the mix for selection for the final, but given the severity of his hamstring tear and his need to recover before the T20 World Cup, I'm basing my picks on him missing this game. 

Skipper Eoin Morgan has had one of the all-time horror IPL seasons, averaging just 7.4 for the entire season. It's a testament to his captaincy and T20 strategy that he has been able to lead his team to the final while playing so poorly himself. 

What will certainly hinder the Knight Riders heading into this final is the change of venue from Sharjah Cricket Stadium, where their spin bowling was so dominant in the two playoff games. They held the Challengers and Capitals to just 138 and 135 respectively in their two wins, a feat that will be tough to accomplish for a third time against a CSK team that piled on 173 in their last game in Dubai. 


Hard for me to look past the Super Kings here. I picked them to win the IPL when the season restarted at odds of $3.50 so I can't bet against them here. Coincidentally, in that same article, I picked the Knight Riders to finish the season on the bottom of the ladder. While they have certainly proven me wrong on that account, I still have some real reservations about their squad and their lack of a genuine matchwinner without Russel. 

Compare that to the Super Kings, and they have match winners across the board. Ravi Jadeja is arguably the best cricket player in the world at the moment and he was hardly required to contribute against the Capitals in their playoff game. They have so many avenues to win, especially with the bat, and should get the W here. 


2021-22 NBA Betting Tips: Thursday 9th December

13 games are on Thursday’s NBA card with plenty of those expected to be fantastic contests. As always, you can catch our best spread and player prop bets for the day for free right here! read more

Big Bash League (BBL11): Strikers vs Renegades Betting Tips

Adelaide Oval will get it’s first taste of the BBL11 this Thursday night as the Strikers and Renegades do battle for the 2nd time in just three days from 7.15pm. Check out our full preview and betting tips for the clash from Mr. Cricket here read more

Horse Racing Tips: Wednesday, December 8th

Another Wednesday means some good midweek racing to get us over the hump. There’s meetings at Warwick Farm and Sandown where we can hopefully find a few winners. Billy Bestford has had a look across the meetings and has found his best bets for the day. read more

Big Bash League (BBL11): Hurricanes vs Sixers Betting Tips

The BBL11 season is in full swing and night four sees an interesting double header take place, kicking off from 6.35pm with the Hobart Hurricanes taking on the Sydney Sixers. Straight after that, the Perth Scorchers will host the Brisbane Heat in the late game. read more


Picklebet Promotions, Promo Code & Exclusive Offers

Picklebet is a market leader in esports betting in Australia, but they also offer excellent value for money with quality products and a great offering of daily promos. Find out more about the Picklebet promotions and Picklebet promo code to sign up right here. read more

Palmerbet Promotions, Promo Code & Exclusive Offers

Palmerbet is one of the leaders in the Australian online betting scene when it comes to range of sports and racing promotions on offer. Find out more about Palmerbet promotions, and if you need a Palmerbet promo code, here. read more

BetDeluxe Promotions, Promo Code & Exclusive Offers

BetDeluxe have been a fantastic addition to the Australian sports betting scene with some innovative offers and daily promos that all punters can enjoy. Read on to learn more about daily BetDeluxe promotions and offers, as well as details about a BetDeluxe promo code. read more

WinnersBet Promotions, Promo Code & Exclusive Offers

WinnersBet have a fantastic range of both daily and seasonal promotions available to all customers! Sign up to WinnersBet today and use promo code VIPOFFERS when you join! read more


Bet on Sports at Picklebet!

Picklebet is well know as being one of Australia's leading esports betting companies, but did you know that they also offer a wide range of traditional sports betting markets as well? Fine out more about the sports betting offerings at Picklebet here. read more

Big Bash League Teams 2021-22: BBL11 Squads

The 2021-22 Big Bash League is fast approaching! As always, we run you through the full list of squads, with all of the ins, outs and international signings for every club ahead of BBL11 kicking off on the 5th of December. read more

2021-22 NBL Fixture

The 2021-22 NBL fixture has been released! The season will open up on Friday, the 3rd of December with a headline clash between the brand new expansion team, the Tasmania JackJumpers taking on the Adelaide 36ers! See the full schedule here read more

2021 AFL Brownlow Medal: Team Voting

The Brownlow Team Votes markets are one of the first to be released across the major sports betting sites, and there's some early value around for sharp punters. Don't bother paying for Brownlow tip packages when we have all the information you need for free! read more