Another year, another exciting time ahead for cricket fans, especially since the Indian Premier League will be back with its 16th edition. The Tata IPL is expected to start sometime in April with the final happening in May 2023.

Whether you’re a fan or someone who takes IPL betting seriously, you don’t have to wait for the season to start to get championship predictions.

No need to wait for reviews on the IPL match for yesterday so you get a better idea of who’ll win. Well, at least as early as now because those will surely come in handy once the tournament starts.

We’re still a few months away from the tentative IPL schedule, but there are already betting odds available for the championship and numerous predictions from experts in the industry on which franchise will top the season.

Curious to know which teams? Keep scrolling! We have them all here.

Lucknow Super Giants

It’s without a doubt that Lucknow Super Giants is one of the teams that had a successful debut last year. The team is headed by KL Rahul and this year, the lineup is looking even more promising with well-rounded players.

During the 2023 auction, the team was able to get the likes of Daniel Sams, Jaydev Unadkat, Naveen UI Haq, and Nicholas Pooran.

Pooran is one of the top 5 most expensive cricketers purchased this season with Rs 16 crore. While some critics are saying that there are more reliable players that LSG should’ve splurged on, it’s undeniable how Pooran could make the team’s batting more solid.

Here’s Lucknow Super Giant’s full squad list for the IPL 2023

KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, Ravi Bishnoi, Quinton De Kock, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Avesh Khan, Mark Wood, K Gowtham, Manan Vohra, Mohsin Khan, Ayush Badoni, Kyle Mayers, Karan Sharma, Mayank Yadav, Nicholas Pooran, Jaydev Unadkat, Yash Thakur, Romario Shepherd, Daniel Sams, Amit Mishra, Prerak Mankad, Swapnil Singh, Naveen ul Haq, Yudhvir Charak.

Here are LSG’s mentors and coaches for this season

  • Mentor: Gautam Gambhir
  • Head Coach: Andy Fowler
  • Bowling Coach: Andy Bichel
  • Fielding Coach: Richard Halsall
  • Assistant Coach and Batting Consultant: Vijay Dihaya

LSG’s predicted Playing XI is the following

  • Top Order: KL Rahul, Decock, Hooda, and Badoni
  • Middle Order: Pooran, Stoinis, and Pandya
  • Lower Order: Bishnoi, Wood, M. Khan, A. Khan

Gujarat Titans

Many fans are rooting for Gujarat Titans to have a back-to-back IPL win. It does look like GT has a solid lineup for this season as well after the IPL 2023 auction. The franchise purchased 7 cricketers which completed their lineup with 25 players.

If GT’s batting was slightly underwhelming last year, things are different this season. Aside from Tewatia, Miller, and R Khan, the team now has Kane Williamson and KS Bharat to solidify the team’s batting prowess.

When it comes to bowling, the team already has a great lineup with Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Sharma, and Rashid Khan, but the auction also resulted in the purchases of Mohit Sharma, Joshua Little, and Shivam Mavi.

Take a look at Gujarat Titans’ full squad list here

Hardik Pandya (C), Shubman Gill, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Sai Sudharasan, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joesph, Yash Dayal, Pradeep Sangwan, Darshan Nalkande, Jayant Yadav, R Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmad, Mohit Sharma, Joshua Little, Urvil Patel, Shivam Mavi, KS Bharat, Odean Smith, Kane Williamson

Here are Gujarat Titans’ heads and coaches this season

  • Mentor, Batting Coach, Gary Kirsten
  • Spin Bowling Coach: Aashish Kapoor
  • Fielding Coach: Ashish Nehra
  • Assistant Coach: Narender Negi

These are the predicted Playing XI for the team

  • Top Order: Shubman Gill, Kane Williamson, KS. Bharat
  • Middle Order: David Miller, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Tewatiya, and Rashid Khan
  • Lower Order: Shivam Mavi, R Sai Kishore, Mohammad Shami, and Joshua Little

Rajasthan Royals

Even if it’s been a while since RR won the IPL, any cricket follower can agree that the team performed well last year. Rajasthan Royals had a strong year with the likes of Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson.

RR might have released a lot of significant players before the auction, but the franchise was still able to acquire cricketers for a better all-rounder and bowling lineup. They acquired names like Jason Holder and newcomers with great potential like Zampa and Joe Root.

Here’s Rajasthan Royals' full squad lineup

Sanju Samson (c), Jos Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer, Obed McCoy, Trent Boult, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Dhruv Jurel, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Sen, KC Kariappa, Kuldip Yadav, Y Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Adam Zampa, Joe Root, Donovan Ferreira, Kunal Rathore, KM Asif, Murugan Ashwin, Akash Vashisht, Abdul PA.

Meanwhile, here are Rajasthan Royals coaching team

  • Mentor and Head Coach: Kumar Sangakkara
  • Batting Coach: Amol Majumdar
  • Fielding Coach: Dishant Yagnik
  • Bowling Coach: Lasith Malinga
  • Assistant Coach: Trevor Penney

Here’s the predicted Playing XI for the team

  • Top Order: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Devdutt Padikkal
  • Middle Order: Riyan Parag, Sanju Samson, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder
  • Lower Order: Ravi Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, and Yuzvendra Chahal

Wrapping Up

We’re sure that you can’t wait to see LSG, Gujarat Titans, and Rajasthan Royals go on the IPL field once again.

They are only some of the fan favorites to win in the upcoming IPL 2023. You can always check sportsbooks and prediction sites to know the latest pulse on who’ll likely champion this year.