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Indian Premier League 2018 Preview: Turn Your IPL Predictions Into Cold, Hard Cash At i-pools!

Indian Premier League 2018 Preview: Turn Your IPL Predictions Into Cold, Hard Cash At i-pools!
Thursday,April 5,2018

In what has now become a highlight of the cricketing calendar, the Indian Premier League is back this Saturday so buckle yourselves in for six weeks of big hitting action because it’s going to be a bumpy ride!


There’s plenty of reasons for you to stick with us throughout the duration of the IPL, with guarantees to be won in our season-long pools, along with daily prizes in our Fantasy Pick 5 games.


Our season-long pools include a season Predictor, where you must predict the key outcomes such as who will win the tournament, which player will score the most runs and take the most wickets, and loads more. Points are awarded for each correct prediction and if you scoop the most points, you’ll take home the biggest share of the prize fund, which is currently £200.


We’ve also got a Fantasy Pick 5 to play which lasts the whole season, and has at least £200 guaranteed if you play for £2. Pick 5 players - a Batsmen, Master Blaster, All Rounder & two Bowlers - to make up your team with no more than one player per franchise allowed. Each category has two players per team as options, while your Captain will score double points.


If that wasn’t enough, we’re running a Pick 5 for every single match of the IPL, starting with defending champions Mumbai Indians hosting the returning Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, with a minimum of £100 to be won in daily prizes.


With the 2018 bumper auction meaning each franchise has a new look about them, here’s how all eight stack up ahead of Saturday’s start:


Mumbai Indians:

2017: Winners

Key player: Hardik Pandya

One to watch: Ishan Kishan

2018 prediction: Finalist


Mumbai Indians pulled off a heist in last year’s final, defeating Pune Supergiant by one run, defending just 129 to claim their third IPL title. They’ve kept hold of five key players - Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Krunal & Hardik Pandya - while adding the big hitting Evin Lewis and Indian wonderkid Ishan Kishan. They’re second favourites to lift a fourth title with the bookies and would be a good option in question one of our Predictor, where you must predict the winner. In our All Rounders category, Hardik Pandya is a stand out option and after an impressive year in international cricket, it’s hard to look past him in your season-long teams.


Royal Challengers Bangalore:

2017: 8th

Key player: Virat Kohli

One to watch: Washington Sundar

2018 prediction: Finalist


2017 was a horror year for the 2016 finalists, winning just three times as they finished rock bottom. But that has only led them to strengthen what was already a star studded line-up, with Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Chris Woakes, Tim Southee and Umesh Yadav joining the likes of Kohli, AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal, but competition for places might potentially cause an issue. Kohli probably edges it ahead of de Villiers as to who makes iit as your Master Blaster, although leggie Chahal is also a good shout as one of your bowlers if you opt against picking an RCB player in the other categories. They’re favourites to win the IPL so will be a good option in our Predictor.


Kolkata Knight Riders;


Key player: Chris Lynn

One to watch: Kuldeep Yadav

2018 prediction: Play-offs


The Knight Riders look a strong and settled outfit on paper and will aim to build on their third place finish in 2017, which ended in the second qualifier just a game before the final. They’ve added Mitchell Starc and Dinesh Karthik to play alongside the likes of Andre Russell, Chris Lynn and Kuldeep Yadav. Their batting looks a little on the thin side so a lot will depend on whether or not the big hitting Lynn can keep fit but if he can, expect KKR to go far. If you decide against choosing him in your Pick 5 team, perhaps left-arm chinaman sensation Yadav, will make it as one of your bowlers.


Delhi Daredevils:

2017: 6th

Key player:Glenn Maxwell

One to watch: Rishabh Pant

2018 prediction: Play-offs


The Daredevils might well be worth a punt at 8/1 with the bookies and seem to possess plenty of T20 specialists that make them dark horses. It’s surprising then that a team with the likes of Colin Munro, who has three T20 international tons to his name, Maxwell, India’s big hitting wonderkid Pant, world-class bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Trent Boult just to name a few, are seventh favourites to lift their first IPL title. They seem to have a good mix of youth and experience, and they can definitely go far providing key players click. Pant could well be the one to make it into your team as Batsmen, although Rabada should be a good choice as one of your bowlers.


Sunrisers Hyderabad;

2017: 4th

Key player: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

One to watch: Deepak Hooda

2018 prediction: 5th


Losing David Warner to suspension will come as a massive blow to the Sunrisers but they still have plenty in the tank to challenge for a top four spot. Kane Williamson will now skipper the side that includes Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan, leg spinning sensation Rashid Khan and Kumar. Indian seamer Kumar has been the leading wicket taker for the past two seasons and has been one of the best bowlers in the world over the past year or so, and should be a strong contender to make it into your season-long Fantasy team.


Chennai Super Kings:

Key player: MS Dhoni

One to watch: Shardul Thakur

2018 prediction: 6th


After a two year absence, two time champions Chennai return to the IPL fold, with Dhoni leading what is an experienced line-up. Their squad consists of nine players over the age of 32, with the likes of Shane Watson, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo providing plenty of knowhow although their best days are well behind them. Dhoni still has plenty to offer but Chennai’s old timers are not expected to challenge for a third title.


Rajasthan Royals:

Key player: Ben Stokes

One to watch: Jofra Archer

2018 prediction: 7th


The Royals are also making their return after a two year absence, but it’s not got off to a good start already after losing Steve Smith due to suspension. Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler stand out in what is otherwise a pretty thin looking squad, although the highly rated Archer and Jaydev Unadkat should give them a chance with the ball. The Royals could be in for a year of struggle on their return, although Stokes should still be considered to make it as your All Rounder.


Kings XI Punjab:

2017: 5th

Key player: Aaron Finch

One to watch: Andrew Tye

2018 prediction: 8th


The bookies have Kings XI as rank outsiders and favourites to pick up the wooden spoon, although they do possess plenty of talented T20 players. While the likes of Chris Gayle and Yuvraj Singh seem past their best days, Finch, Ravi Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis and one of the leading T20 franchise bowlers Andrew Tye, should provide them with enough quality to give teams a scare although you’d expect them to be battling it out to avoid finishing among the bottom few. Australian fast bowler Tye averages less than 20 with the ball in T20 cricket and should be considered to make it as one of your two bowlers in your Pick 5 team.


Now you know all you need to before Saturday’s opener, get your entries in and enjoy the IPL in style right here at i-pools!


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