IPL betting odds tell their own story as to who are the most likely winners of the 2020 edition of the IPL. Unexpectedly, Chennai tops the betting as the usual trio favorite of Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad and it is not rocket science that is why.
He has a good squad of players, a good captain, strong results at home and a good record of doing well in the IPL year after year. Smart Paisa is on finishing this trio in the top 4 and then battling it out in the playoffs for the IPL 13 crown. If we really, really had to choose a side to go all the way, it would probably be Chennai, but there is not much of it.
But who can join as the fourth team to exit the group stage? There are minor outsiders in the IPL hurdles as the Delhi capitals, but they may be doing them a disservice. We really like his superb batting where big players like Shaw and Pant can bang, knowing that people like Dhawan, Carey and Iyer can play smart cricket and play on the scoreboard. We have already mentioned their slightly questionable-looking fast bowling department, but it should be enough to at least get their batsmen and spinners into the playoffs.
The three-time champion and last year's runner-up, Chennai Super Kings, is one of the favorites to win the 2020 IPL title.
MS Dhoni made headlines as the captain of Chennai Super Kings, as he bid for a record-equaling fourth IPL title after a successful comeback in the tournament.
Banned for two years in 2016 and 2017 due to the involvement of its owners in the 2016 IPL betting case, Chennai have reached the final twice on their return.
Shane Watson batted them to victory in the 2018 finals, but lost the last match by a thrilling match to Mumbai Indians. Chennai had finished second in the league table on both occasions.
Dhoni was the top scorer last season, scoring 416 runs in 12 innings, while Watson and Faf du Plessis also contributed significantly to the experienced Chennai team.
This experience also extends to his bowling attack, where 40-year-old Imran Tahir topped the bowling charts after taking 26 wickets last season.
The Delhi Capitals have never reached the final of the IPL, but should go to the 2020 tournament to make it to the play-offs of last season.
Formerly known as Delhi Daredevils, the franchise made some changes last season and as the Delhi Capitals, reached the play-offs for the first time in seven years.
Coached by Ricky Ponting and captained by Indian international Shreyas Iyer, the Capitals' best spot is in third place. He never reached the finals, but topped the points table in the 2009 edition.
At the bottom of the pile, if 2018, he bounced back with some better performances last year - returning to the top in order for Shikhar Dhawan, which proved crucial as he scored 521 runs.
Rishabh Pant (488 runs) and Iyer (463) were also among the top ten overall runners last season, while Kagiso Rabada proved an inspired signing as he took 25 wickets in 12 matches before being injured.
Dhawan, Pant, Iyer and Rabada all returned for the 2020 season, but there have been many changes with some exciting, big-name signs announced for the new campaign.
Despite topping the league in 2014 and ending as runners-up, Kings XI Punjab are still in search of their first title in the IPL. They have not reached any matches in the last five seasons.
One of the least successful franchises in IPL history, Kings XI Punjab are still seeking their first Indian Premier League title.
Indeed, they have reached the play-offs only twice - finishing third in 2008 and as runners-up after topping the table in 2014.
In the five seasons since then, they have finished below twice and were in sixth position last year and saw Ravichandran Ashwin depart this season.
He has no shortage of talent - KL Rahul was the top Indian run-scorer with 593 runs last year, and reached the tournament this year with superb batting.
Meanwhile, Chris Gayle returned at the age of 40, as he shared a 490-run partnership last season as well.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami leads the bowling attack, and took 19 wickets last season, but lost four straight - one before signing with a win - ensuring they missed the play-off spot at net run rate .
Kolkata Knight Riders are looking to get back on track after being eliminated from the play-offs for the first time in four years last season.
A two-time former winner and play-off regular, Kolkata Knight Riders have a new coach in Brendon McCullum for the upcoming IPL season.
Yet under the captaincy of Dinesh Karthik, they are looking to improve on a rare tournament in which they missed the play-offs last season - after finishing fifth at net run rate.
Champions in 2012 and 2014, they reached the play-offs in three consecutive seasons between 2016 and 2018.
This season, however, he has made some bold player decisions - including McCullum's option of not retaining longtime opening partner Chris Lynn.
As a result, they had a lot to spend in the IPL auction and have grown up for the new season.
Kolkata Knight Riders have also retained the star man of last season, with Andre Russell - who scored 510 runs at a strike rate of 204.81 as well as 11 wickets - becoming a key player once again.
Along with last season's MVP at Russell, the Kolkata Knight Riders also booed the season's budding player, Shubman Gill, and as a result there is optimism ahead of their 2020 campaign.
Last year's champions, Mumbai Indians, are favorites to defend their crown and win the IPL 2020 title.
Acquired by Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians won a thrilling one-run win in last year's final to win the IPL title for the fourth time.
It was the same margin of victory that saw them win their previous title by defeating the Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017, while winning in 2013 and 2015 as well.
Quinton de Kock was the top run-scorer with 529 runs last season, while captain Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and all-rounder Hardik Pandya also scored 400 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah led the bowling attack and took 19 wickets with an economy rate of only 6.63 runs last season.
Lasith Malinga is the Mumbai Indians - and IPL's - all-time leading wicket taker, meanwhile, and the Sri Lankan team took a total of 16 wickets last season, taking the total to 170.
The Rajasthan Royals, winners of the inaugural Indian Premier League in 2008, are looking to bounce back after returning to seventh place after a disappointing 2019 campaign.
After their two-year ban in the IPL, the Rajasthan Royals - which won the IPL title for the first time - were relegated to the play-offs in 2018 by Jose Butler.
His success was also his undoing, however, which means he called England back and missed the play-offs, but the Royals could not reach the same heights last season and finished seventh.
Butler and Ben Stokes return for 2020, but the Royals are hurt about their third England star alongside Jofra Archer, most likely to miss all - if not all - of the tournament because of the injury.
Acquired by Steve Smith, the Royals have otherwise made some major changes for 2020 - last season's top scorer, Ajinkya Rahane, was among the 12 players released.
Some of them were re-signed - Jaydev Unadkat - but it would be a Rajasthan Royals team that would look very different as they bid to return this season.
Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore continue their quest for the first IPL title and will be desperate to bounce from bottom to bottom for the second time in three years last season.
Acquired by Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore never really lived up to the expectations associated with boasting the most iconic current player of the national team.
A three-time runner-up, he also reached the play-offs on two further occasions, but the last three seasons have been quite disastrous.
At the bottom of the heap in 2017, they improved to sixth place in 2018 but finished last in 2019.
This year, as a result, he ripped off his overseas contingent and resumed with Australia captain Aaron Finch.
Kohli is his most iconic player, of course - one of only two to score 5,000 runs in IPL history, scoring 464 runs last season. Meanwhile AB de Villiers returned after scoring 442 runs.
With the ball, Yuzvendra Chahal took 18 more wickets last season to top the wicket-taking chart but perhaps stating that Navdeep Saini was at 11 for the Challengers at most.
Still, with a new coach in Simon Katich - who ended his one-year charge so disappointingly after replacing Gary Kirsten - and some big new signings, there could be some improvement this year.
The 2016 champions and 2018 runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad will be eyeing the IPL play-offs for the fifth consecutive season.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, the youngest of the eight current IPL franchises, have enjoyed a successful time in the tournament since early 2013.
Winner in 2016 and runner-up two years ago, they have been playing regularly in recent years and are looking for a fifth consecutive top four.
Last season, they were run by the tournament's top run-scorer, David Warner, who scored a total of 692 runs with eight half-centuries and a century.
He and Johnny Bairstow, who scored 445 runs in ten innings, topped the order, creating a brilliant partnership as they ensured the team did not leave the injured Kane Williamson.
Williamson - his key man in the final part of last year - was injured at the start of last season's tournament and then could not make his way later, but all three foreign stars will be important again this year.
Williamson has again been named as captain, for a team that retained the bulk of the squad last season.
This includes two top bowlers from last season - Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan (17 from 15 matches) and Indian fast bowler Khalil Ahmed, who took 19 wickets in just nine matches.
The suspended Shakib-al-Hasan is the main absentee this year, but it was a quiet auction for the Sunrisers with 18 players on their retained list.
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IPL 2020 playoff prediction
If they reach the play-offs, the Chennai Super Kings will be among the favorites to reach the final, providing their excellent record at that stage. Mumbai Indians also start among favorites to defend their title, so they see a good bet to reach the finals based on reputation, new signs and previous form.
Defending champion Mumbai Indians have a chance to win the tournament for the fifth time – as a result they will defend their title for the first time.
Mumbai has retained key players like Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Jaspreet Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Lasith Malinga from their title winning team.
Chris Lynn is his most notable signing, while Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter Nile also bolster their bowling options.
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