IPL RR vs RCB Predictions and Betting : The Indian Premier League 2020 is at an interesting phase where the top 2 seems to be pulling out of the rest of the field while the bottom half is looking to make inroads so that they can make it to the playoffs.
Rajasthan Royals are in a similar situation where they looked solid in the initial games but have been out of sorts since then whereas Royal Challengers Bangalore have surprisingly played well in most matches and are likely to make it to the next stage after a dry run for three seasons.
These two teams meet in an afternoon game on Saturday where both of them would be looking for a victory with an attacking mindset.
IPL RR vs RCB Predictions and Betting Summary
RR vs RCB Predictions and Betting : Recent Form and Head-to-head
RR need a couple of wins for them to get back into the season and make it to playoffs in the IPL 2020. They started on a good note with back to back wins but lost their way after four consecutive losses against teams like KKR, RCB, MI and DC.
They finally pulled off an unlikely victory against SRH but failed to finish against DC in what looked like a comfortable chase after 10 overs. They are currently sitting at 7th position with 3 wins and 5 losses looking for a redemption in the second half of the season.
RCB has had a decent run up until now when compared to their previous seasons. They started off with a win against SRH and MI. They continued good performances against CSK, RR and KKR but have lost to DC once and were thrashed by the last ranked Kings XI Punjab on two occasions.
Even though they are 3rd in the table it is important for them to seal the semi final as quickly as possible with a couple of wins. They are looking settled and should look to capitalize on the momentum that have got in the first half.
The head-to-head between the team tells that there is a tough game on the cards when they meet over the weekend. RR and RCB have played a total of 22 games against each other with the former having 10 wins while the latter has 9 wins with 2 matches ending without a result.
In their last meeting this season, RCB had a comprehensive 8-wicket victory against their rivals at the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi. Overall, both teams share one victory each in UAE which makes this rivalry even more spicy.
RR vs RCB Predictions and Betting : Team News
The RR will have to zero down on their eleven and more importantly sort their batting order to finish games. Even though it looked like sending Ben Stokes up the order paid dividends, it makes no sense for Uthappa to bat so deep. It would be ideal if Robin Uthappa opens with Jos Butler with Steven Smith who is looking for a breakthrough performance coming in at 3.
Sanju Samson will have to play responsibly especially during chases and cannot throw away his wicket like he has done in the recent games. Steve Smith needs to play a bigger inning.
Ben Stokes can come at 5 and with Rahul Tewatia at 6, the finishing job will be looked after by them. The bowling unit has improved by many folds that was largely evident against DC in the last game.
Jofra Archer has been the MVP in the side along with support from Kartik Tyagi who bowled yorkers at will.
Jaydev Unadkat has picked wickets but has been on the expensive side. Shreyas Gopal looks like an important factor in the coming matches with the pitch slowing down and the ball not coming on so much. Rahul Tewatia has provided him excellent support in the middle overs.
RCB looks like they have figured out their core set of players after struggling to get their combination right. Even though they lost the last game against Kings Punjab, fewer gaps can be filled with a change here and there.
The opening pair of Finch and Padikkal have done well with the left hander taking the initiative to attack whereas the Australian captain hasn’t looked in control in any of the games. Even though Josh Phillippe might be a good choice, Finch just needs that one big game to get back in the mix.
The duo of Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers have been exceptional but Kohli was seen struggling at the fag end to up the ante which he will correct in the coming days given he is a champion batsman.
Shivam Dube has played his role as the batting all-rounder well whereas Chris Morris looks like the X-factor in the team with so much that he brings into the side. He showed his big hitting capability with an 8 ball 25 against Kings Punjab and is a terrific death bowler.
The spin pair of Chahal and Sundar had an off day at the office and would be looking to take wickets in the middle. Navdeep Saini has looked an improved candidate while Isuru Udana should be utilized more with his deceptive slower ones and toe crushing yorkers.
Mohammed Siraj has been a big problem for the team and a spinner like Shahbaz Ahmed might come in handy given all the pitches are turning out to be dry and slow.
RR vs RCB Predictions and Betting : Schedule and pitch report
The game between RR and RCB is scheduled in the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi at 3.30 pm IST. The pitch here is on the slower side and looks two paced. With the game happening in the afternoon, even though there is little difference between defending and chasing, most of the teams have opted to bat first and the trend is likely to continue in this game as well. The par score here is about 170 and thereabouts with a bowling effort needed to restrict the opposition.
The prediction and betting sites are pitching for RCB win in match against RR.
According to the betting and prediction platform Oddschecker, Royal Challengers Bangalore are well placed to win the Saturday's clash between the two team. As per them the odds for RR for the match is placed at 6/5 and for RCB at 14/19.
At Betway the betting odds for RCB stands at 1.72 and for RR the odds are 2.05.