Rajasthan Royals finished rock bottom of the Indian Premier League standings at the end of last year but Kings XI Punjab, who are now known as Punjab Kings, did not fare much better.

Both sides ended the regular season with 6-8 records with the Royals finishing bottom as a result of their inferior net run-rate.

They open their 2021 campaigns on Monday in Mumbai and after last year's mixed fortunes, will be desperate to get off to a positive start. 

Rajasthan Royals v Punjab Kings Betting Odds

As of writing, Punjab Kings are 10/11 and look the pick of the teams going into this game with their off-season recruitment and strong end to their 2020 campaign. That perhaps gives them the edge over Rajasthan, who are 19/20 to start the new IPL season with a victory.

Rajasthan Royals v Punjab Kings Team News

Rajasthan Royals have been hit by a major loss in the bowling department with England paceman and the 2020 IPL MVP Jofra Archer set to miss the first four games of the season through injury.

They did at least acquire the services of fellow seamer Chris Morris in the off-season and he could feature in this game while the Royals also released Australian batsman Steve Smith before the start of the campaign, freeing up a spot near the top of the order.

Punjab Kings were busy in the off-season, bringing in bowlers Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith, as well as the top ranked T20I batsman in the world, Dawid Malan. All three players can be expected to push for a start in this contest.

Rajasthan Royals v Punjab Kings Predictions

Punjab Kings to Win - BET NOW

 

The 2020 campaign was one to forget for Punjab Kings but they finished the season in style, winning five of their final seven matches, and there is reason to believe they could make the playoffs for only the third time in IPL history this year.

They defeated the likes of Mumbai Indians, who won the 2020 IPL, Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in that run towards the end of last season and the roster only looks stronger now.

Punjab Kings - Team of Top Batsman - BET NOW

 

If punters fancy a bet on Punjab to win this match it is likely because of their batting contingent and, with that in mind, a bet on the Kings to have the game's top batsman could be another shrewd bet.

In Malan, Punjab now possess the best Twenty20 international batsman in the world, adding to a pretty solid top three of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle.

Opener Rahul secured the orange cap in the IPL last term with an eye-watering 670 runs and if he picks up where he left off and Punjab's new additions settle, they can get the better of a Rajasthan team missing their best bowler.

Should Rahul fail to hit the heights of last season, then Agarwal, who scored two 50s and a century on his way to 424 runs in 2020, could do the trick. Then there's wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran, who managed 353 runs in last year's IPL and of course new addition Malan, who fired 68 in his most recent T20 for England against India.

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Betting Tips

1. Punjab Kings to Win - BET NOW

2. Punjab Kings - Team of Top Batsman - BET NOW

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