There has been a huge influx of new fantasy sports apps and even traditional betting websites that are offering their customers the chance to win huge amounts of money on cricket. Whether you are playing on Dream11 or Parimatch or Betway, one thing that you need to be able to do is to accurately predict the outcome of the match.
Cricket is a game where making predictions can be tough on the best of days since there are so many variables involved. It is the only sport in the world where the playing surface is so different from one day to the next or even from one inning to the next on the same day.
Now, add eight very evenly matched teams filled with proven match-winners playing each other in a format where things can change rapidly. That is the difficulty you have to overcome in making IPL match predictions!
While it may be difficult, there are some tips that you can use to help make it easier and give yourself the best chance of winning.
Bet on a team only after you have seen it play at least once in the IPL
This is a conservative view but one that is invaluable advice. Every IPL team is going to come to the tournament with some ideas about how it is going to be successful. That can include some unexpected team selections, having their home surface be prepared in a way that suits their strengths, or maybe some surprises in their batting order.
Also, there are a number of new international players or little-known Indian youngsters that are given a chance in the IPL. Not every player is going to be successful in Indian conditions and not every youngster is going to be able to make the step up.
The only way you are going to get an accurate idea about the current form and strategies of a team is after you watch them play a couple of matches. There is no one stopping you from making a blind punt because that is your right but you give yourself the best chance of success if you actually watch the matches and understand where each team stands.
Get your information from credible sources
There are lakhs of people playing the same fantasy sport or on the indian betting sites that you are playing on. All of them will be looking for information to give them that slight edge in making the right decision.
We have some recommendations for you to guide you in the right direction.
CricViz is an excellent website that does a statistical-based analysis and preview of almost every IPL match. Keep checking out its blog and maybe subscribe to its podcast for some valuable insights.
You can also head on over to onlinecricketbetting.net where you get a detailed preview of every IPL match, a recommended Dream11 team, and even the best bets for that contest as picked by their experts! They do a lot of work for you and so you can either depend on them or use that information to make up your own mind.
Howstat is another resource that can help you make your own detailed statistical analysis of the match, understand the head to head, and even the performances of players in certain conditions.
Try and make predictions that are not individual specific
You cannot really do this in fantasy sports apps and that is why we prefer traditional cricket betting sites to them any day. You can look at past statistics on the ground as well as those of the competing teams and get a good idea of the number of sixes hit on average, the number of boundaries hit, and so on.
Check out the odds on websites like Betway, 10Cric, or ComeOn and see if you can find an opportunity. For example, if you find that the over/under being offered on the total number of sixes hit in a match at the Wankhede is low, you can bet on it going over and there is a good chance that you will win.
While it is difficult to make individual predictions, it becomes easier over a big group. You may not be able to say which batsmen will hit a six in every match but to say that three or more sixes will be hit is much easier.
You will get lower odds but you will end up winning a lot more.