Strong Trinbago Knight Riders favourites to beat Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents favourites to beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Guyana Amazon Warriors have made it to the finals of the Caribbean Premier League five times without ever winning the title. Surely, one would have assumed their time had come after they surged into the finals in 2019 unbeaten only to be beaten by Barbados Tridents. They face three-time title winners, Trinbago Knight Riders in the tournament opener this year and their task is cut out to say the least.
The Knight Riders have a strong squad built around the core group of players including Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine. The versatility in the Knight Riders’ setup is unrealistic and it is no surprise that they have managed to reign supreme in the CPL. The Warriors, whose betting odds are priced at 2.00, will pose a tough challenge to them with their array of spinners, but expect Trinbago Knight Riders to start the season off on a rousing note. Their odds for the game stand at 1.80.
In game two, we have the defending champions, Barbados Tridents, taking on an imbalanced St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. While the Tridents have a strong, well-rounded squad, the Patriots struggled through the draft and later Fabian Allen’s inability to board the flight, and are crippled in terms of squad composition. The odds for Barbados Tridents stand at 1.80 while the Patriots have odds priced at 2.00.
Guyana Amazon Warriors won both their games against Trinbago Knight Riders last season while the Tridents have just one win over Patriots in the last five encounters
Guyana Amazon Warriors were unbeaten in their run to the finals last season and they encountered Trinbago Knight Riders twice, beating them on both occasions. The overall record between the two sides is fairly balanced. The Knight Riders have won 10 matches while the Warriors have nine wins. In Trinidad, where the matches will be staged, Trinbago Knight Riders have a slightly better record with five wins in eight matches.
RECOMMENDED BET: Back Guyana Amazon Warriors to win the title at 3.75
The Barbados Tridents have an underwhelming record against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots with three wins and seven losses over the five seasons. In the last three seasons, the Tridents have won only one out of five matches between these sides. The teams have never played each before in Trinidad, the venue of this year’s CPL.
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Sunil Narine: There is a lot of talk on the Guyana spinners but the Knight Riders have one of the world’s leading T20 spinners in Sunil Narine. The West Indian spinner has 379 T20 wickets at an average of 20.36 and has been sensational in the CPL so far. On the slow Trinidad wicket, Narine could be a handful for the Warriors.
Johnson Charles: A feared T20 ball striker, Johnson Charles finished as Barbados Tridents’ top run-scorer and the third highest tournament run-scorer in the 2019 edition of the CPL with 415 runs. The opening batsman is a dangerous proposition at the top of the order and can single-handedly change the course of games.
Featured Bet: Trinbago Knight Riders are priced at 1.80 to beat Guyana Amazon Warriors.
Barbados Tridents are priced at 1.80 to beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
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