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Thursday 30th January
Thursday January 30 7:40pm, Blundstone Arena
A thrilling 10-run victory over the Strikers on Australia Day has led the Hurricanes on an almost improbable run to the finals.
Hobart has plenty of reason to celebrate, but the good times might be shortlived as they face a very dangerous Thunder side at home.
Sydney have hardly been convincing over the lsat two weeks winning only twice against the Sixers and, more importantly, against the Scorchers on Sunday. The seven-wicket victory over Perth ensured the Thunder a spot in the top five, but again, it’s hard to trust Sydney at this point.
Considering both of these sides look more pretender than contender at this point, our advice is to steer clear of the head-to-head market.
The good news is you don’t have to rewind very far to find the last match between these two sides. The Hurricanes won by 57 runs over the Thunder last week in a game dominated by Matthew Wade’s 56-run effort.
Wade now scored 50-runs or more twice against the Thunder and looks well over the odds to do so again with everything on the line.
Tip: Matthew Wade to Score 50+ Runs @ $2.60
Friday 31st January
Friday January 31 7:15pm, MCG
The market is dead even between these two heavyweights in what is shaping up to be a fascinating rematch of last fortnight’s affair.
Sydney defeated the Stars by 21 runs when these two sides met at the SCG, but they won’t hold particularly fond memories of their 44 run loss to Melbourne at the MCG back on January 12.
The Stars have looked the team to beat all year and punters are surely licking their lips at the current quote. David Hussey’s side has won three of their last five matches against Sydney and are also an impressive 6-2 as the home favourite over the last 12 months.
All that being said, the Stars have lost three games in a row leading into Friday’s match. Their most recent 71 run loss to the Heat certainly explains the even money on offer, but with the top spot on the ladder already wrapped up, it’s safe to say Melbourne was simply saving themselves for the finals.
The Stars have shown all season that they are capable of scoring runs in a hurry, so it’s almost impossible to ignore the value on offer here.
Tip: Back the Stars to Win @ $1.91
Tuesday 17th December
Tuesday December 17 7:10pm, Gabba
Thunder Won By 29 Runs
The Heat have opened as the heavy favourites ahead of Tuesday’s season opener hoping to improve on a disappointing 2018/19 campaign that saw them miss the finals.
Brisbane are also the outright BBL09 favourites this year, but there is something to be said for a Thunder side looking to spoil the party.
Usman Khawaja is the headline name in the Sydney batting order as the 32-year-old looks to improve on his 31-run average in T20 cricket.
English import Alex Hales will also play an integral part in the Thunder lineup as he makes his Big Bash return. Hales is considered one of the best T20 batsman in the world and his quick run-scoring ability should be a welcome addition to the middle order.
You can’t mention the Thunder without discussing Callum Ferguson though, who finished fourth in the BBL in runs scored.
Some might argue that Brisbane’s talent alone will win them this match, and it’s certainly hard to disagree. The Heat have added English superstar Tom Banton to the fold while Matthew Renshaw and Max Bryant, two of the Heat’s bright young stars, return for another year.
That being said, the Heat had plenty of talent this time last year and it still didn’t stop them from opening with a five-wicket loss at home.
Brisbane were notoriously sloppy at the Gabba last year while they also lost three of their last five matches to start the season. The Thunder look well over the odds at their current price, and with a point to prove, they are worth backing outright.
Tips: Back the Thunder to Win @ $2.25, Alex Hales Top Thunder Runscorer @ $3.75
Wednesday 18th December
Wednesday December 18 7:10pm, SCG
Sixers Won By 8-Wkts
Sydney’s roster is stacked with talent – the only problem is, none of their big names are available.
Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith have been lost to Test duty, leaving the Sixers looking a little over the odds at their current quote.
Daniel Hughes, who finished fifth in runs scored last year, is the only big name that can be relied upon. The good news is Sydney’s bowling attack looks elite behind all-rounder Sean Abbott, Stephen O’Keefe and Tom Curran – but do the trio really stand a chance against one of the top batting sides in the league?
Abbott, O’Keefe and Curran all finished top five in wickets taken last year, but that still wasn’t enough to stop the Scorchers from pulling off a seven-wicket victory back in January.
Perth appear to be one of the most well-rounded teams – something we’ve grown accustom to over the years. The Scorchers’ batting lineup looks rock solid behind Cameron Bancroft and Ashton Turner, both of which averaged over 30 runs last season.
It’s also easy to forget that Ashton Agar has taken 27 wickets in only 42 BBL matches, while Jhye Richardson took seven in only five innings last year.
The Scorchers have added talented English all-rounder Liam Livingstone to the side, so it’s safe to say Perth should improve on their impressive 4-1 record against Sydney across their last five matches.
Tip: Back the Scorchers to Win @ $1.91
Thursday 19th December
Thursday December 19, GMHBA Stadium (Geelong)
Thunder Won By 6 Wkts
It’s a quick turnaround for the Thunder as they head to Melbourne following Tuesday’s game in Brisbane.
The Renegades are the defending Big Bash champions and not surprisingly, the favourites in the market with home-field advantage.
Melbourne’s batting order is made up of several first-class players including Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh and Marcus Harris. Those three alone pose an enormous challenge for a Thunder bowling attack that looks a little on the short side, especially considering the ‘Gades have won six straight over Sydney dating back to 2014.
The top of Sydney’s order could surprise a few people this season as Callum Ferguson, Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales pose plenty of danger with the bat. From a bowling perspective though, the Thunder are largely an unknown commodity with South African debutant Chris Morris leading the charge.
Melbourne was a strong betting play as the home favourite last year finishing with a 3-2 record. The Gades are also 3-1 as the home favourite against the Thunder, so really, this one isn’t worth overcomplicating.
Tip: Back the Renegades to Win @ $1.73
Friday 20th December
Friday December 20, Alice Springs, 2:45pm
Hurricanes Won By 25 Runs
The Sixers are back in action as they travel to Alice Springs following Wednesday’s game against the Scorchers.
Hobart opens its season on neutral turf and if the odds are anything to go by, the Hurricanes should be tough to beat.
D’Arcy Short is back for another year in purple as last year’s leading runscorer looks to defend his title. Short has averaged 46 runs so far in his four-year BBL career, making him the favourite to lead Hobart’s charge once again.
The Sixers are largely an unknown this season as several of Sydney’s top names have been lost to Test duty. The bowling attack of Tom Curran, Sean Abbott and Stephen O’Keefe has already proven troublesome, but will it be enough to bring down Hobart’s outstanding attack?
Aside from Short, the Hurricanes will also turn to former captain George Bailey, who has quietly averaged 52 runs in seven matches against the Sixers. Throw in the fact the Canes have won three of their last five against Sydney, and you have a fairly safe bet.
Tip: Back the Hurricanes to Win @ $1.72
Friday December 20, Metricon Stadium (Gold Coast), 7:10pm
Stars Won By 22 Runs
It’s a bit of a coin flip on Friday as the Heat and the Stars square off with even money on offer.
Brisbane will be looking to rebound from its disappointing 29-run loss to the Thunder during Tuesday’s season-opener, while the Stars will be hoping to pick up where they left off after losing the 2018/19 final to the Renegades.
The Heat got off to a fast start against the Thunder taking three wickets in the opening five overs but were unable to capitalize. Brisbane’s aggressive approach at the crease cost them early wickets as Tom Banton, Max Bryant and Chris Lynn were all dismissed for under 20-runs – a harsh reality check for a team hyped up as one of the best batting teams in the competition.
Melbourne will pose another huge challenge to Brisbane on short rest with a very talented lineup of first-class players.
Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dunk, Glenn Maxwell and Peter Handscomb are all a threat as Top Stars Runscorer, and with the ball, Dale Steyn looks to make an impact in his BBL09 debut.
Steyn has taken 61 wickets across 44 T20I matches, making up a serious one-two combination with Adam Zampa – who has taken 51 BBL wickets in 52 matches.
The Stars’ talent far outweighs the Heat’s on paper, and considering Brisbane are notorious for starting the season slowly, it’s worth taking the visitors to win this one at a good price.
Tip: Back the Stars to Win $1.91
Saturday 21st December
Saturday December 21, Manuka Oval, 6:10pm
No Result - Match Abandoned
It’s another short turnaround for the Strikers on Saturday as they head to Canberra to face the Strikers.
Adelaide gets its season underway late on neutral turf, which has left the bookies with no other choice but to offer even money in the market.
The Thunder enter this game a perfect 2-0 after a convincing win over the Heat and a close call against the defending champion Renegades on Thursday night. Sydney’s top order has been outstanding so far behind Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales and Callum Ferguson, leaving Adelaide’s bowling with plenty of work to do.
Rashid Khan leads the charge for the Strikers again after finishing sixth in wickets taken last year.
On the batting front, Adelaide will be hoping Jonathan Wells can pick up where he left off after finishing just inside the Top 10 in runs scored.
Alex Carey also holds the key to the Strikers’ chances in this one. The BBL veteran has averaged over 45-runs in four career matches against the Thunder, making him a worthwhile favourite as Top Runscorer.
Considering the Thunder are playing their third match is less than a week, it’s worth taking Adelaide here at handy odds. The Strikers have also won four of their last five against Sydney, so take Adelaide to open its season with a win.
Tip: Back the Strikers to Win @ $1.90
Saturday December 21,Optus Stadium , 9:10pm
Scorchers Won By 11 Runs
This should be a fascinating encounter between two of the BBL09 premiership favourites – especially after both sides opened the season with a loss earlier in the week.
Perth came up short to the Sixers on Wednesday as the batting order fell apart. The Renegades also kicked off their title defence in disappointing fashion in an agonizing six-wicket loss to the Thunder on Thursday night.
The ‘Gades are favoured slightly in the market despite Perth holding home-field advantage. From a betting perspective, that makes things relatively easy considering the Scorchers are a perfect 2-0 as the home underdog against Melbourne.
It appears the bookies are overreacting to Perth’s sloppy performance against Sydney, but it’s worth keeping in mind how talented the Scorchers’ lineup is. With Mitch Marsh out to prove a point against his brother and the top of the order looking to regain composure, it’s worth taking the value on offer for a Perth bounce-back.
Tip: Back the Scorchers to Win @ $2.07
Sunday 22nd December
Sunday December 22,TBA , 2:45pm
Stars Won By 52 Runs
Round 1 comes to a close on Sunday as the Stars and the Hurricanes meet in the Latrobe Valley.
Both sides recorded opening wins on Friday to open the season 1-0, but it’s the Stars who go into this one as the odds-on favourites after beating the Heat by 22-runs.
Hobart recorded a similar victory claiming a 25-run win over the Sixers. Unfortunately, the Hurricanes have proven a difficult betting play as the away underdog – particularly against the Stars where they hold a 2-3 record.
Melbourne’s bowling attack was outstanding on the Gold Coast last week as Adam Zampa claimed three wickets and allowed only 30 runs. Not to be outdone, middle order batsman Glenn Maxwell also got his BBL09 campaign underway with a huge 83-run effort off 39 balls.
Since the Stars are a little short in the head-to-head market though, you’ll need to look elsewhere for a play. Fortunately, the stats tell us Maxwell has averaged 61 runs and a high score of 58 in seven matches against the Stars. With that in mind, it’s worth taking the Innings of Winnings market.
Tip: Glenn Maxwell Top Stars Runscorer and Melbourne Stars to Win @ $6.00
Sunday December 22,SCG , 7:10pm
Heat Won By 48 Runs
It’s a little surprising to find both sides sharing the market in this one considering Brisbane’s horror start to the season.
After so much hype, the Heat’s top order has failed to live up to expectations. Brisbane finds itself sitting 0-2 after back-to-back losses to the Thunder and Stars, leaving Darren Lehmann’s side looking a little under the odds.
The Sixers, meanwhile, roll into this game at 1-1 after opening the season with an eight-wicket win over Perth before losing to the Hurricanes on Friday. It’s a tough turnaround for Sydney on short rest, but the Sixers can rest easy knowing they hold home-field advantage at the SCG.
Sydney’s roster on both sides of the ball is largely underwhelming with so many players lost to Test duty, but that isn’t to say the Sixers can’t win this one.
It just so happens that Greg Shipperd’s side has won five straight games over the Heat dating back to 2017, while Brisbane’s last win at the SCG came all the way back in 2016.
Tip: Back the Sixers to Win @ $1.91
Monday 23rd December
Monday December 23, Adelaide Oval, 7:10pm
Strikers Won By 15 Runs (DLS Method)
The market can’t separate these two sides and we are set for a very interesting clash.
The Perth Scorchers were very disappointing in their Big Bash opener against the Sydney Sixers, but they were able to bounce back to their best with a strong win over the Melbourne Renegades.
They still have the scope to improve on that effort, especially with the ball, and there is no doubt that they have more depth than the Adelaide Strikers.
The Strikers are yet to complete a game after their season opener against the Sydney Thunder was abandoned due to the smokey conditions at Manuka Oval.
They do look like a side that is heavily reliant on Alex Cary and if the Scorchers are able to get the Australian wicketkeeper cheaply, they will definitely be in the box seat to come away with the victory.
Liam Livingstone hasn’t really fired during the tournament to date, but he is a serious talent and he can bounce back to his best in this contest.
Tips: Back the Scorchers to Win @ $1.90, Liam Livingstone Top Scorchers Runscorer @ $4.00
Tuesday 24th December
Tuesday December 24, Bellerive Oval, 2:45pm
Hurricanes Won By 7 Wkts
An 0-2 start to the season still hasn’t deterred the bookies from installing the Renegades as the favourites on Tuesday.
Melbourne hits the road after losing by 11-runs to the Scorchers on Saturday night, while the Canes come in on short rest following their 52-run defeat to the Stars on Sunday.
These two sides were among the outright favourites prior to last week’s season opener, and although neither side has gotten off to a fast start, we should see plenty of runs on the board.
The Renegades have won three of their last five matches against Hobart, and more importantly, have also won their last four matches at Bellerive Oval dating back to 2014.
Hobart’s 1-1 record to start the season doesn’t do the Hurricanes any justice, especially with run scoring machines like D’Arcy Short and Ben McDermott in the side. But unfortuantely, it’s difficult to disagree with Melbourne’s track record at this ground.
Tip: Back the Renegades to Win @ $1.80, Aaron Finch Top Renegades Runscorer @ $3.25
Thursday 26th December
Thursday December 26, Oval, Optus Stadium, 7:10pm
Sixers Won By 48 Runs
It’s another even money pick-em game on Wednesday as both sides hope to earn their second win of the season.
Perth roll in well-rested after defeating the Renegades on Saturday night, while the Sixers weren’t quite as fortunate in their 48-run loss to the Heat on Sunday.
The Perth Stadium wicket has already lived up to its reputation as both the Scorchers and the Renegades combined for 381-runs last week. With that in mind, the Sixers will likely need to put up a big total if they wish to stand any chance of causing an upset away from home.
The Scorchers have won three of their last five matches against the Sixers and have also won four straight against Sydney at home.
Considering there is plenty of value head-to-head, betting on Perth looks to be the smartest play.
Tip: Back the Scorchers to Win @ $1.90
Friday 27th December
Friday December 27, Metricon Stadium (Gold Coast), 7:10pm
Stars Won By 5 Wkts
Second plays fifth on Friday as the Stars and the Sixers meet on the Gold Coast.
The last time Big Bash cricket was played at Metricon we were treated to a thriller between the Heat and the Stars – a game Melbourne won in narrow fashion by 22-runs.
The bookies are clearly factoring in the Stars’ success on this ground, and with five days rest following their 52-run victory over the Hurricanes last Sunday, it’s certainly hard to disagree.
Adelaide comes into this game also feeling fresh after defeating the Scorchers on Monday. The Strikers have won three of their last five games against Melbourne, but it’s worth noting Adelaide has only averaged 147 runs against the Stars in their nine meetings.
Since the Stars are at very short odds, you’ll likely have to back multiple markets if you’re looking for value. Adam Zampa claimed a pair of wickets against Hobart on Sunday to take his tally to five on the year – tied for the seventh-most in the league. With Zampa heating up, take the double.
Tip: Back the Stars to Win @ $1.67, Adam Zampa Top Stars Wicket Taker @ $3.50
Saturday 28th December
Saturday December 28, SCG, 7:10pm
Sixers Won By 1 Run (Super Over)
Both Sydney sides have been the surprise standouts so far, setting up a must-watch game on Saturday between the ladder leading Thunder and the third-place Sixers.
The Thunder have had plenty of time to prepare for this game after last Saturday’s match against the Strikers was abandoned due to poor air quality.
The Sixers, on the other hand, will be looking to carry momentum over following their 48-run victory over the Scorchers on Boxing Day.
Considering each teams position on the ladder, it’s no surprise to see the bookies offering almost even money. Both sides are looking to earn their third win of the season, but as far as betting plays go, it’s hard to go past the Thunder.
The last time either of these two teams won back-to-back matches against one another was 2017. Since then, the pair have traded blows back and forth, most recently with the Thunder winning last December, followed by some Sixers revenge in February.
Therefore, everything suggests it’s the Thunder’s turn to keep up the trend. If you’re looking for some value in the player markets though, look no further than Sean Abbott. The 27-year-old owns 12 career wickets against the Thunder and leads the Big Bash with nine this season.
Tip: Back the Thunder to Win @ $1.80, Sean Abbott Top Sixers Wicket Taker @ $3.75
Sunday 29th December
Sunday December 29, Marvel Stadium, 7:10pm
Strikers Won By 18 Runs
The Strikers return to action on Sunday as they head to Melbourne to face the defending champs.
Still without a win on the board, the Renegades are off to a rather slow start in their championship defence – although that hasn’t been enough to deter the bookies. With home-field advantage, Melbourne has opened as the favourites despite having won only two of their last five games against Adelaide.
There hasn’t been a whole lot to like about the Strikers so far, but with a two-game winning streak heading into Friday’s game against the Stars, the $2.00 on offer seems well over the odds.
Throw in the fact Jake Weatherald currently sits third in the league in runs scored, and it’s safe to say the Renegades could be staring at a 0-4 hole when this one is said and done.
Tip: Back the Strikers to Win @ $2.00
Monday 30th December
Monday December 30, UTAS Stadium (Launceston), 7:10pm
Stars Won By 4 Runs (DLS Method
Fourth plays fifth on Monday night as the Hurricanes hope to pick up their third win of the season in Launceston.
Despite a five-run loss to the Strikers on Friday, the Stars have surprisingly opened as the favourites on the road after defeating the Hurricanes by 52 when these two sides met last week.
The Stars have also won three of their last five matches against Hobart, but even with some strong value on offer in the head-to-head market, you might be better off looking elsewhere for a safer play.
Melbourne is the current Big Bash favourite to win the tournament outright, but the stats suggest this match could be a little on the short side.
The Stars and the Hurricanes both rank bottom three in runs scored this year, while Hobart also ranks dead last in sixes hit. With some safer value in the Total Sixes market, take the Under.
Tip: Under 10.5 Total Sixes @ $1.80
Tuesday 31st December
Tuesday December 31, Adelaide Oval, 7:10pm
Fancy ringing in the New Year with a huge top three clash?
The second-place Thunder and the third-place Strikers get together at the Adelaide Oval as both teams search for their third win of the season.
It’s been a fairly cruisy start to the season so far for the Strikers with wins over the Scorchers, Stars and Renegades, but they’ll certainly meet their match on Tuesday against a red-hot Thunder side led by Callum Ferguson.
Ferguson currently leads the Big Bash in runs scored, but at the same time, the Strikers’ Jake Weatherald, Alex Carery and Jonathan Wells all rank second, third and fourth in order.
Adelaide has also won four of their last five matches against Sydney to go along with a steady 5-1-2 record as the favourite against the Thunder. With home-field advantage and runs coming rather easily, it’s worth taking the Strikers to carry on with their winning ways.
Tip: Back the Strikers to Win @ $1.73, Rashid Khan Over 1.5 Wickets @ $2.20
Wednesday 1st January
Wednesday January 1, Metricon Stadium (Gold Coast), 7:10pm
Scorchers Won By 40 Runs
The Heat and the Scorchers enter the New Year with only one resolution: win.
Brisbane and Perth are both still searching for their second victory of the season, and as the market suggests, it’s tough tipping a winner.
The Heat have won three straight over the Scorchers dating back to last season, but Brisbane’s troubles with the bat continue to hold them back.
Last time Brisbane played at Metricon they lost by 22-runs to the Stars in a disappointing performance, while the Scorchers haven’t fared much better in recent weeks losing back-to-back games to the Strikers and Sixers.
Considering these two sides have struggled so much for consistency on both sides of the ball, it’s difficult to find confidence in the head-to-head market.
Therefore, it’s worth looking elsewhere for some value. The good news is these two sides both lead the competition in sixes, while Chris Lynn leads all individual players with 12.
Tip: Over 13.5 Total Sixes @ $1.80
Thursday 2nd January
Thursday January 2, Sydney Showground, 3:40pm
Stars Won By 3 Wkts
The 3-1 Stars will be hoping to further strengthen their position on the ladder as they prepare to face a Thunder side playing on short rest.
Melbourne could move into first place on the ladder with a victory over Sydney, but as recent history suggests, the Stars have typically struggled against the Thunder.
Having won only one of their last five games against Sydney, it could be worth backing an upset here with the Thunder playing at home. Sydney has a lot to play for sitting fourth on the ladder behind a 2-1 record, while the Thunder’s 4-2 record as the underdog over the last calendar year is also convincing.
Tip: Back the Thunder to Win @ $2.20
Thursday January 2, Marvel Stadium, 7:10pm
Sixers Won By 6 Wkts
Time is starting to run out on Melbourne’s title defence as the ‘Gades are still searching for their first win of the season.
The Sixers are in a much more favourable position sitting third on the ladder at 3-2. Sydney fans will, however, be hoping for a more convincing performance after winning by a single run against the Thunder on Saturday.
Both of these sides come in well-rested having last played on Saturday and Sunday respectively, but even with the Sixers at good odds, it’s still worth siding with the bookies here and taking the Renegades to win outright.
Melbourne is 3-2 as the home favourite against Sydney and has more importantly won three of its last five matches against the Sixers.
Tip: Back the Renegades to Win @ $1.73
Friday 3rd January
Friday January 3, Bellerive Oval, 7:10pm
Heat Won By 31 Runs
Two sides at complete opposite ends of the spectrum (and the ladder) meet on Friday in Hobart.
Brisbane continues to flounder sitting second last in the standings behind a 1-3 record, while the Hurricanes could potentially move inside the top four with another victory at home.
The Heat have easily been the most disappointing side in the competition after so much preseason hype. The batting order continues to fall apart behind Chris Lynn, but for whatever reason, the bookies continue to overvalue Brisbane in the market.
Hobart opened its home account with a convincing seven-wicket victory over the Renegades on Christmas Eve while the ‘Canes have also won four straight matches against Brisbane dating back to 2018.
Neither of these two sides have been particularly convincing with the bat, however I am confident Hobart’s bowling can do the talking. Riley Meredith and James Faulkner both rank Top 10 in wickets taken so far, making the Hurricanes great value at their current quote.
Tip: Back the Hurricanes to Win @ $2.00, James Faulkner Top Hurricanes Wicket Taker @ $3.75
Saturday 4th January
Saturday January 4, MCG, 7:10pm
Stars Won By 8 Wkts
The battle of Melbourne heats up on Saturday as the top of the table Stars face the winless Renegades at the ‘G.
With three wins from their last five games against the Renegades, it’s safe to say this fixture has well and truly favoured the Stars in recent times.
The bookies have listed the outright tournament favourites at a very short price, while the Renegades’ terrible start to the season makes them almost impossible to back.
Now sitting at 0-5, the Renegades have been the most disappointing side in the competition after winning the championship last year. Thursday’s four-wicket loss to the Sixers was a stark reminder of how bad Melbourne’s batting attack is, meaning it’s worth backing the Stars bowling attack to do the talking.
Adam Zampa had a quiet New Year’s with only one wicket respectively against the Strikers and Thunder. He does, however, own 11 career wickets against the Renegades in eight career matches, making Zampa worth backing for at least a pair.
Tip: Adam Zampa Over 1.5 Wickets @ $2.63, Haris Rauf Top Stars Wicket Taker @ $4.00
Sunday 5th January
Sunday January 5, TBC, 6:40pm
Sixers Won By 7 Wkts
Second plays third on Sunday afternoon with almost even money on offer.
The Strikers hold the short edge in the market with this match being played on somewhat neutral turf in Coffs Harbour, but Adelaide will be hoping to make up for a disappointing home loss to the Thunder on New Year’s Eve.
Sydney comes into this game in much better shape riding back-to-back wins over the Scorchers and Thunder. The Sixers have also won their last two matches against the Strikers, making this game very tough to pick.
The Sixers hold a convincing 3-1 record as the home underdog over the last 12 months and also lead the competition in runs scored. Sydney’s success so far boils down to a strong balance of bat and ball, led by Josh Phillipe – who ranks seventh in runs scored – and Sean Abbott, the BBL’s second leading wicket taker.
This match should go a long way to determining the top four spots on the ladder, but with the Sixers likely to have more support as the home team, it’s worth backing Sydney to keep their winning streak alive.
Tip: Back the Sixers to Win @ $2.00
Sunday January 5, Optus Stadium, 9:40pm
Hurricanes Won By 8 Runs
It’s all square in the market for this fifth v sixth battle as the Scorchers and Hurricanes both vie for a spot inside the top four.
Perth comes into this one having just beaten the Heat by 40-runs on New Year’s Day, while the Canes are playing on short rest following Friday night’s home game against the Heat.
Hobart has enjoyed the better part of this matchup in recent times winning three straight games against the Scorchers, but on a bouncy Perth wicket, this game is far from a certainty.
Hobart has scored the fewest runs of any team in the competition so far, which could cause some problems on a fast wicket that demands quick shots and confident drives from batsman.
The Scorchers are also coming into this game on four days rest, so it’s probably worth taking the value on offer for Perth to win their second home game of the season.
Tip: Back the Scorchers to Win @ $1.90
Monday 6th January
Monday January 6, Sydney Showground. 7:10pm
Heat Won By 16 Runs
The Heat prevailed in a must-win game on Friday night securing an impressive 31-run victory over the Hurricanes in Hobart.
Brisbane will need much of the same as they travel to Sydney on short rest, but with even money on offer head-to-head, it’s worth diving a little deeper into the trends.
The Thunder took care of the Heat in the season-opener with a commanding 29-run victory at the Gabba. Since then Sydney has gone on to win two of its last four matches to sit fourth on the ladder at 3-2.
Despite what their record might suggest though, the Thunder have been one of the most well-rounded teams in the league. Sydney ranks third in runs scored, while Daniel Sams’ 12 wickets leads the competition.
Beating the Hurricanes on the road was a big win for Brisbane, but there’s no getting around how poor the batting attack has been. If Chris Lynn fails to fire the Heat could be in real trouble against a Thunder side playing on three days rest.
Tip: Back the Thunder to Win @ $1.91
Tuesday 7th January
Tuesday January 7, GMHBA Stadium (Geelong), 7:10pm
Scorchers Won By 6 Wks
Geelong plays host to a bottom of the barrel clash on Tuesday night as the Renegades and the Scorchers square off with very little on the line.
Melbourne scored its second-lowest total of the season on Saturday in a disappointing eight wicket loss to the rival Stars. Likewise, the Scorchers were equally disappointing on Sunday night losing by eight runs to the Hurricanes at home.
Considering their position on the ladder, it’s no surprise to find almost even money on offer in the market. The Scorchers added to the Renegades’ winless ways when these two sides met only a fortnight ago, but keep in mind, Melbourne has two of the last three meetings between these sides.
The Scorchers, like the Renegades, have struggled on the bowling front for most of the season, but Perth hasn’t been half bad with the bat. The Scorchers rank third in runs scored, which makes me think they can put up a big total against Melbourne on a very batsman-friendly pitch.
Captain Aaron Finch has made some questionable decisions with the ball in hand recently, leaving the Renegades looking a little over the odds as their current quote. The Gades are also 0-3 as the home favourite against the Scorchers, so take the current price on offer for Perth and run.
Tip: Back the Scorchers to Win @ $2.00
Wednesday 8th January
Wednesday January 8, Adelaide Oval, 3:40pm
Sixers Won By 2 Wkts
The importance of this game can’t be overstated as the Sixers and the Strikers both hope to keep pace with the ladder leading Stars.
A win for Sydney could vault them into first place as they look to improve to 6-2, while the Strikers will be hoping to distance themselves from the Thunder with their fourth win of the season.
The bookies have had very little work to do in shaping the market after both sides met three days ago in Coffs Harbour. The Sixers emerged victorious by seven wickets, largely due to a handy 83 not-out performance by Josh Philippe.
Sydney has quietly been one of the most productive teams in the Big Bash and they look seriously undervalued at their current price. The Sixers lead the league in runs scored and also feature three of the Top 10 wicket takers.
Most importantly though, the Sixers have won their last three games against the Strikers, so it’s worth taking Sydney to win this one outright.
Tip: Back the Sixers to Win @ $2.10, Tom Curran Over 1.5 Wickets @ $2.25
Wednesday January 8, MCG, 7:10pm
Stars Won By 6 Wkts
The ladder leading Stars will be looking to add to their impressive three-match win streak on Wednesday as they take on Sydney at the MCG.
Melbourne has been cool, calm and collected so far this season – largely due to leading runscorer Marcus Stoinis. The Stars chased down the Renegades’ measly 142-run total with ease on Saturday night, reminding everyone just how dangerous last year’s runner-ups are.
The Thunder have plenty to play for sitting fourth on the ladder, but Sydney has largely been one of the more disappointing sides since the New Year began.
Three consecutive losses has seen the Thunder slump to an even 3-3-1 on the season, while the Stars also added to their woes with a comfortable three wicket victory last Thursday.
Melbourne has now won two straight games over the Thunder, but you’ll need to take a Same Game Multi if you wish to back the favourites.
Tip: Back the Stars to Win & Nathan Coulter Nile Over 1.5 Wickets & Glenn Maxwell Top Stars Runscorer @ $5.07
Thursday 9th January
Thursday January 9, The Gabba, 7:10pm
Heat Won By 5 Wkts
Brisbane’s 31-run victory over the Hurricanes last Friday has the bookies all-in on the Heat.
Darren Lehmann’s side returns home to the Gabba for the first time in 2020 hoping to extend their winning streak to three, but with plenty of growing optimism in Brisbane, it remains to be seen whether the Heat can produce the goods in this must-win game.
The Heat now find themselves sitting third on the ladder at 3-3, trailed closely by the Hurricanes who hold a similar record sitting seventh.
Hobart bounced back from its loss to the Heat with a less than convincing eight run victory over the Scorchers on Sunday night, however they’ll need to dig deep once again with D’Arcy Short absent from the side.
The Heat have played only one game at the Gabba so far to disastrous results. Brisbane lost the season-opener to the Thunder by 29-runs, which leaves the home side looking a little under the odds at their current price.
Hobart has won its last two away games against Brisbane dating back to 2016, which makes the Cane Train worth backing at the current price. For some added value, Ben Laughlin also owns four wickets in five matches against the Heat, so it could be worth playing on the Player Wickets market.
Tip: Back the Hurricanes to Win @ $2.25, Ben Laughlin Over 1.5 Wickets @ $2.63
Friday 10th January
Friday January 10, Marvel Stadium, 7:10pm
Stars Won By 7 Wkts
The final Melbourne Derby of the year gets underway on Friday as the Stars hope to add to the Renegades’ woes.
Still without a win, the defending champions have not surprisingly opened as the outsiders in the market after losing by six wickets to the Scorchers on Tuesday night.
The Stars still sit atop the ladder at time of publish and will find plenty of confidence knowing they’ve won four of their last five matches against the ‘Gades.
With Aaron Finch struggling at the crease and the bowling attack diminished, it’s almost impossible to back a Renegades upset here. That being said, the current quote for the Stars is a little on the short side, meaning you’ll have to search elsewhere for value.
Marcus Stoinis was outstanding last Saturday night at the MCG finishing 68 not out. Glenn Maxwell also chipped in nicely with 40 runs off 32 balls, making both players worth backing to score Over their respective run totals.
Tip: Marcus Stoinis Over 24.5 Total Runs @ $1.83, Glenn Maxwell Over 23.5 Total Runs @ $1.83
Saturday 11th January
Saturday January 11, Sydney Showground, 6:10pm
Thunder Won By 4 Wkts
This shapes up as a make-or-break game for the Hurricanes on Saturday as they find themselves sitting seventh on the ladder with only seven games left to play.
The Thunder also have plenty of work to do as they desperately cling to a spot inside the top four, explaining the even money on offer with both teams meeting for the first time this season.
Sydney came up six wickets short to the Stars on Wednesday night in their third consecutive loss, while the Hurricanes have won only two of their last five games at time of publish.
Normally home-field advantage can play a deciding factor in these even money games, but the Thunder are still yet to win at home this season – making tipping even more difficult.
On one hand, the Thunder have won three of their last five matches against the Hurricanes, and on the other, the ‘Canes are 4-3 as the underdog over the last 12 months.
With a case to be made for either side, you’re probably best off sticking with the Top Runscorer market if you really want to bet on this game.
Sydney holds the edge overall with the bat, but it’s worth keeping in mind Matthew Wade ranks fifth in most runs scored in this fixture.
Tip: Matthew Wade Top Hurricanes Runscorer @ $3.25
Saturday January 11, Optus Stadium, 9:10pm
Scorchers Won By 34 Runs
In a surprise turn of events, the Heat have opened favourites on the road in Perth looking to make one last push towards a top four spot.
Brisbane are only one game behind the fourth-place Thunder at time of publish, but the Scorchers are also hot on their heels looking to improve to 4-4 on the season.
These two sides last met on New Year’s Day at Metricon in a blowout 40-run victory by the Scorchers. The result snapped Perth’s three-game losing streak against the Heat, but there is something to be said about the Scorchers’ 2-1 record as the home underdog over the last 12 months.
Bowling has been Perth’s biggest letdown so far this season, however the Scorchers can take plenty of confidence away from their recent performances with the bat. In their last two matches the Scorchers have scored over 170-runs, which spells trouble for a Heat side that has averaged only 139 at Perth Stadium.
Tip: Back the Scorchers to Win @ $2.10, Mitchell Marsh Top Scorchers Runscorer @ $5.50
Sunday 12th January
Sunday January 12, Adelaide Oval, 3:40pm
Strikers Won By 63 Runs
A win on Sunday for the Strikers could potentially reshape the ladder as Adelaide desperately clings to a spot inside the top four.
The Strikers return home to host the winless Renegades looking to improve to 4-3, and there appears to be plenty of value on offer in the market.
Melbourne is still without a win at time of publish after losing to the Sixers by six wickets on Tuesday night. The ‘Gades have been struggling on both sides of the ball all season, which spells further bad news against a Strikers team that has shown plenty of poise with the bat.
Adelaide ranks second in runs scored this year and they can also rest easy knowing they won by 18 over Melbourne last month.
The $1.70 about the Strikers looks enormous value here, but there is also some value to be found in the Top Runscorer market.
Marcus Harris has scored the third-most runs in this series and also holds the highest score of any Renegades player against the Strikers (85). At his current quote, Harris looks a good chance to at least keep the ‘Gades competitive.
Tip: Back the Strikers to Win @ $1.72, Marcus Harris Top Renegades Runscorer
Sunday January 12, MCG, 7:40pm
Stars Won By 44 Runs
This is the match fans have been waiting for as the first-place Stars battle the second-place Sixers in front of a big crowd at the MCG.
Sydney is riding a three-game winning streak after knocking over the Strikers by two wickets on Wednesday afternoon, but they’ll have their work cut out against a Stars team that has won five of its last six.
For the second time in seven days the Stars made short work of the rival Renegades winning by seven wickets on Friday night. Not surprisingly, Melbourne is the odds on favourites with home-field advantage as they now look to distance themselves further from Sydney on the table.
The Stars have also won their last two games against the Sixers, although this match will mark the first time the two sides have met this season.
Melbourne is 5-1 as the home favourite over the last 12 months and also 3-2 in the same scenario against the Sixers. Therefore, it’s worth taking the Stars outright, but for some added value, it’s worth throwing in Glenn Maxwell as Top Runscorer after his 83-run effort against the Renegades on Friday.
Tip: Back the Stars to Win & Glenn Maxwell Top Stars Runscorer @ $4.88
Monday 13th January
Monday January 13, Bellerive Oval, 7:10pm
Scorchers Won By 77 Runs
It might be now or never for these two sides on Monday as both look to make one last top four push with only six games remaining.
Both Hobart and Perth are tied at 3-4 on the ladder at time of publish, but it’s hard to go past the Hurricanes in this one given their track record against the Scorchers.
The ‘Canes have won their last four matches against Perth dating back to the 2018 season and area also 2-1 against the Scorchers as the home favourite.
Hobart hasn’t been particularly good with the bat this season, but the home fans can rest a little easier knowing Matthew Wade has scored 134 runs in four matches against the Scorchers.
Tip: Back the Hurricanes to Win
Tuesday 14th January
Tuesday January 14, The Gabba, 3:40pm
Heat Won By 7 Wkts
The importance of this game can’t be overstated as both teams look to make one last push for a guaranteed finals spot.
With only six matches remaining, the Strikers currently find themselves clinging to the fourth spot on the ladder behind a 4-3 record.
Brisbane fans also have plenty of nervous nights ahead as the 4-4 Heat sit sixth on the ladder with ground to make up. After a rough start to the season Darren Lehmann’s side has rebounded nicely to win three games on the trot, but nothing will come easy at home.
These two sides haven’t met at all this year which makes the trends more than worth paying attention to.
As the home favourites the Heat have won only two of their five games, while the Strikers, on the other hand, are 3-1 as the away underdog.
The Strikers have also enjoyed the better part of this matchup winning three of the last five games. If you also factor in Brisbane’s 1-1 record at the Gabba this year, it’s worth taking a punt on the visitors.
Tip: Back the Strikers to Win @ $2.20
Wednesday 15th January
Wednesday January 15, TBC, 6:10pm
Renegades Won By 12 Runs
The Thunder and the Renegades meet for the second time on Wednesday with Sydney looking to improve on its 4-4 record.
Shane Bond’s side is the short-priced favourites against the winless Renegades as they look to earn their second win on the trot, and after handing the Hurricanes a four-wicket loss on Saturday night, it’s hard to disagree with the market.
The Renegades have nothing left to play for at this point, but they will relish the chance at spoiling Sydney’s season.
Last time a Big Bash match was played at Manuka Oval the game had to be cancelled due to smoke. If we receive a full 20 overs however, the speedy wicket could actually favour the Renegades’ superior batting lineup.
You might not know it, but Melbourne ranks second in the league in runs scored – compared to a Thunder team that ranks seventh.
Sydney has also lost four of its last five matches against the Renegades to go along with a terrible 0-2 record as the home favourite, so with some value on offer, it’s worth taking Melbourne to earn their first win of the season.
Tip: Back the Renegades to Win @ $2.20
Wednesday January 15, Optus Stadium, 9:10pm
Stars Won By 8 Wkts
This game holds enormous weight as far as the finals are concerned.
Melbourne currently sits atop the Big Bash ladder with only one loss next to their name, while the Scorchers are now starting to heat up sitting third at 5-4.
These two sides haven’t played each other this season, so despite what the market suggests, it’s a little tricky trying to get a read on what to expect.
The Stars scored over 200 runs for the first time this season against the Sixers last week. Melbourne also lost only one wicket in the process, highlighting just how dominant they’ve become with the bat.
Perth, meanwhile, also put up 200 against the Heat before handing the Hurricanes a 77-run loss on Monday night.
All things considered, you’re probably best-off steering clear of the head-to-head market with both teams swinging for the fences. Instead, it’s worth sticking with the form of Marcus Stoinis at the top of the Stars’ order, as well as Mitch Marsh – the two leading runscorers in the Big Bash.
Tip: Marcus Stoinis Top Stars Runscorer @ $3.50, Mitch Marsh Top Scorchers Runscorer @ $4.50
Thursday 16th January
Thursday January 16, SCG, 7:10pm
The Cane train has come to a screeching halt this season as Hobart now faces a huge 3-6 hole with time quickly running out.
Up next is a trip to Sydney to face the second-place Sixers, a team looking to keep in touch with the runaway Stars atop the ladder.
The Hurricanes opened their season with a win over the Sixers in late December by 25-runs, but with home-field advantage favouring Sydney this time around, it’s no surprise to find Greg Shipperd’s side as the favourite.
The Sixers have been a tough side to face at home this year winning two of their three matches, while Sydney has also been a sneakily good team in terms of stats.
Ranking fourth in runs scored, the Sixers certainly have the firepower to win this game. Sydney also features three of the Top 10 wicket-takers this year, namely Tom Curran, who has taken four wickets in three career matches against Hobart.
Tip: Back the Sixers to Win @ $1.62, Tom Curran Top Sixers Wicket Taker @ $3.75
Friday 17th January
Friday January 17, Adelaide Oval, 7:10pm
Brisbane will be hoping for a repeat performance in Adelaide on Friday after handing the Strikers a seven-wicket loss when these two sides met three days ago.
The bookies have clearly factored in Brisbane’s impressive win at the Gabba on Tuesday by listing them as the short-priced favourites in the market. The Heat have now won four of their last five matches to make a top four push, but they’ll need to win from here on out if they wish to secure the third spot on the ladder.
Brisbane’s success on Tuesday came instantly as they bowled out the Strikers for a measly 110 runs in the first innings. That left the Heat with a very low total to chase down as Matthew Renshaw and AB de Villiers wasted no time combining for 92 runs.
The Heat have clearly saved their best for last this season, and it’s very difficult to argue with how productive the top order has looked over the last fortnight. Unfortunately, though, you’ll need to get creative in the market with Brisbane at such a short price.
James Pattinson’s casual five-wicket haul earlier in the week makes him the perfect player to build a Same Game Multi around. Pattinson was lethal early on, so with the Heat having now won four of their last five matches against the Strikers, back the pair to do some damage once again.
Tip: Back the Heat to Win & James Pattinson to Take 2+ Wickets @ $3.50
Saturday 18th January
Saturday January 18, MCG, 3:40pm
First plays fourth on Saturday afternoon as the Stars and the Scorchers get together for a rematch of Wednesday’s one-sided affair.
Perth proved no match for Melbourne’s lethal bowling attack as they fell by eight wickets with 48 balls left. The win leaves the Stars sitting three games clear atop the table, while the Scorchers are left with plenty of work to do at 5-5.
The Stars have been untouchable at the MCG this season winning all three matches; however, it is worth noting that Perth has lost back-to-back games only once this year.
On paper, this match should be a lot closer than Wednesday’s game indicates. The Scorchers lead the competition in runs scored, and they should fare nicely on a speedy MCG surface that favours the batsman.
The Scorchers beat the Stars when they met in Melbourne last year, so I’m happy to back an upset here. The Stars are due for a loss, while we could also see Mitchell Marsh rebound in a big way on a familiar ground after scoring only seven runs on Wednesday.
Tip: Back the Scorchers to Win @ $2.38, Mitch Marsh Top Scorchers Runscorer @ $4.33
Saturday January 18, Sydney Showground, 7:10pm
The final Sydney Derby of the year gets underway on Saturday night and not surprisingly, there is almost even money on offer.
A win here for both sides is extremely important, but you could argue the stakes are much higher for the Thunder as they fight for life sitting sixth on the ladder.
The Sixers also have plenty to play for as they hope to cement themselves in the second spot on the ladder. The Sixers are a game clear of the third-place Heat, but if results don’t go their way this weekend, they could find themselves slipping.
Last time these two sides got together the Sixers won by a single run in a thrilling down-to-the-wire contest. Narrow losses have been the story of the Thunder’s season so far, which makes it difficult to tip the green men.
Statistically speaking, there isn’t a whole lot separating these two sides. Neither has been particularly dominant with the bat, while both teams feature two bowlers on the Top 10 Wicket Takers list.
The one deciding factor here could be the Sydney Showground pitch. The Thunder have won only one of their three games at home this year, while the Sixers are still yet to play at the Showgrounds. With that in mind, it’s worth taking the in-form Sixers at their current price.
Tip: Back the Sixers to Win @ $1.80
Sunday 19th January
Sunday January 19, UTAS Stadium (Launceston), 2:40pm
The Hurricanes have enjoyed an extended break after Thursday’s game against the Sixers was rained out in Sydney, but that still hasn’t been enough to sway the bookmakers in the market.
Fresh from a win over the Heat at home, the Strikers head south to Launceston as the favourites hoping to continue their charge towards the finals.
Adelaide currently sits fourth on the ladder with a 5-4 record, although they’ll need to stay sharp with only four games remaining.
The Strikers bowling attack was outstanding against Brisbane as Liam O’Connor enjoyed a huge three-wicket day, while Michael Neser and Rashid Khan also pitched in.
Hobart ranks dead last in runs scored this year and they won’t hold particularly fond memories of their home loss to the Strikers last year.
These two sides haven’t met so far this season, and although the Strikers are playing on short rest, it’s worth siding with the favourites.
Tip: Back the Strikers to Win @ $1.73, Matthew Wade Top Hurricanes Runscorer @ $3.50
Sunday January 19, The Gabba, 7:10pm
The Heat face another must-win game on Sunday following their meltdown against the Strikers in Adelaide.
There’s no need to panic if you’re a Brisbane, but at time of publish, the Heat sit fourth at 5-5 with the Scorchers and Thunder also vying for their spot.
The good news is Brisbane returns home to the Gabba to face the competition cellar dwellers, however the trends suggest the Renegades could be in for a big upset if they can build on their win over the Thunder on Wednesday.
Melbourne comes into this game on three days rest, while the Heat endure a much quicker turnaround after losing to Adelaide on Friday.
The trends also work in the ‘Gades favour here. Melbourne is a perfect 2-0 as the away underdog against Brisbane, so if the visitors can make short work of Chris Lynn and Ab de Villiers early, they might go a long way to winning this.
Tip: Back the Renegades to Win @ $2.50
Monday 20th January
Monday January 20, SCG, 6:40pm
Sixers Won By 21 Runs
This could be a Big Bash finals preview as both the Sydney Sixers and the Melbourne Stars currently sit inside the top three.
The Stars continue to be the front-runners in the Big Bash this season and they go into this clash on the back of eight straight wins.
Their record against the Sixers is strong and they have won the past three meetings between the two sides, so it is no surprise that the Stars will start this game as favourites.
You can’t write off the Sixers though.
Their batting does have issues, as we saw when they collapsed against the Sydney Thunder on Saturday, but their bowlers can fire on their day and their record in front of their home fans is excellent.
The Sixers have won six of their past seven games at the SCG and they are 3-0 as home underdogs for a clear profit.
The Stars are due a poor performance and it really would not surprise to see the Sixers pull off another upset win at the SCG.
Tip: Back the Sixers to Win @ $2.20
Monday January 20, Optus Stadium, 9:40pm
Scorchers Won By 8 Wkts
This is a huge game for both these sides as the winner will move a game clear inside the top four.
The Perth Scorchers have lost two games on the trot, but they will still go into this clash with the Sydney Thunder as clear favourites.
Their pair of efforts against the Stars were both poor, but there is no doubt that they are the best team in the competition and are on another level from both these teams.
The Scorchers have lost their past four games as home favourites and their recent record against the Thunder is poor.
Sydney are outstanding value at their current quote.
Their bowling was nothing short of excellent against the Sydney Sixers on Saturday and they have played some of their best cricket on the road.
They have won four of their past seven games as away underdogs for a big profit and they have won their past three matches against the Scorchers.
Tip: Back the Thunder to Win @ $2.10
Tuesday 21st January
Tuesday January 21, Marvel Stadium, 7:10pm
Hurricanes Won By 4 Runs
The Big Bash wooden spoon could very well be decided when the Melbourne Renegades take on the Hobart Hurricanes at Marvel Stadium.
The Renegades scored their first win of the season against the Sydney Thunder and on Sunday night produced an absolute miracle against the Brisbane Heat.
That win may have said more about the Heat than the Renegades and the market has overreacted to that win.
In saying that, it is impossible to back the Hurricanes with any real confidence.
The Hurricanes have lost four games on the trot in fairly dire fashion and they have big issues with both the bat and the ball.
The one betting play that appeals in this clash involves Scott Boland.
Boland might be one of the most underrated bowlers in the entire Big Bash and he is always value in Top Hurricanes Wicket Taker markets.
That is the case in this game and the $4.50 is a great bet.
Tip: Back Scott Boland Top Hobart Hurricanes Wicket Taker @ $4.50
Wednesday 22nd January
Wednesday January 22, Adelaide Oval, 7:10pm
Strikers Won By 11 Runs
Finals seedings could be decided on Wednesday night as the first-place Stars travel to Adelaide to take on the third-place Strikers.
Melbourne’s loss to the Sixers on Monday hasn’t deterred the bookies from favouring the outright leaders as they look to bounce back. The Stars haven’t lost back-to-back games all year, but they won’t hold particularly fond memories of the Strikers after losing by five runs on the Gold Coast last month.
Adelaide needs to win this game if they hope to secure their spot in the finals. The Strikers have won two straight games leading in over the Heat and Hurricanes, but with the Scorchers breathing down their neck on the ladder, Adelaide needs results to go their way.
Jason Gillespie’s side can breathe a little easier knowing they’ve won three from five at home this season. The Strikers are also a perfect 2-0 as the home underdog over the last calendar year, so take Adelaide to make a big statement.
Tip: Back the Strikers to Win @ $2.00
Thursday 23rd January
Thursday January 23, The Gabba, 7:10pm
Sixers Won By 8 Wkts
Just when it looked as though the Heat might be making a charge towards the finals, they go and lose back-to-back games to the Strikers and Renegades.
Brisbane now faces an uphill battle with just three games remaining, but all hope is not lost as they prepare for one last game at the Gabba on Wednesday night.
Heat fans would probably prefer to be facing somebody other than the Sixers though, a team that sits second on the ladder after knocking off the Stars on Monday night.
These two sides last got together exactly a month ago, a game the Heat won comfortably by 48 runs at the SCG. Things have changed a lot since then however, as Brisbane’s top order continues to show signs of inconsistency.
The Sixers, meanwhile, remain one of the more well-rounded teams in the competition.
Sydney also holds a tremendous 5-0 record as the away underdog against Brisbane, so take the Sixers to win this one outright.
Tip: Back the Sixers to Win @ $2.10
Friday 24th January
Friday January 24, Bellerive Oval, 6:10pm
Hurricanes Won By 57 Runs
The Hurricanes and the Thunder both prepare for what could be their second-last game of their season on Friday.
Hobart’s chances of making the finals are slim to nil, while the Thunder still stand a chance at 5-6 sitting fifth behind the Scorchers.
Sydney got the better of the ‘Canes by four wickets when these two sides met a fortnight ago at the Showgrounds, however Hobart will be feeling plenty confident with home-field advantage this time around.
The odds reflect Hobart’s advantage here and it’s certainly hard to argue with the market. The Thunder have won only two of their last five games and are also 3-4 as the away underdog this season.
Hobart, on the other hand, holds a convincing 3-1 record as the home favourite against Sydney. The ‘Canes mightn’t have much to play for, but with a chance to end the season on a high note and spoil the Thunder’s chances, take the home side.
Tip: Back the Hurricanes to Win @ $1.80
Friday January 24, Optus Stadium, 9:10pm
Strikers Won By 16 Runs
The Big Bash gods have delivered a mouth-watering match up here between second and fourth and it looks extremely difficult to try and pick a winner.
Adelaide won its second game of the season over Perth by 15 runs back in December, but with the Scorchers holding home-field advantage this time around, it’s a little surprising to find Adam Voges’ side at the wider price.
A win for the Scorchers would almost guarantee them a spot in the finals and they should feel good about their chances after destroying the Thunder by eight wickets on Monday night.
Not to be outdone though, the Strikers are probably the most in-form side in the competition right now. Adelaide extended their winning streak to three with a season-defining win over the Stars on Wednesday night, meaning a win could provide a bit of a buffer between themselves and the third-place Sixers.
The Strikers have won their last two matches over the Scorchers and they should be well-suited to the speedy Perth wicket. For some added value, throw in Jake Weatherald as Top Runscorer. The 25-year-old has scored 190 runs in six matches against Perth.
Tip: Back the Strikers to Win @ $1.80, Jake Weatherald Top Strikers Runscorer @ $4.50
Saturday 25th January
Saturday January 25, SCG, 3:40pm
Sixers Won By 7 Wkts
Can the Renegades throw another spanner in the works?
Victories over the Thunder and Heat in succession caused chaos last week in the standings, and another win on Saturday over the second-place Sixers would certainly make things interesting inside the top four.
Unsurprisingly, the ‘Gades have opened as underdogs on the road as they search for their third win of the season. Melbourne will have their hands full against a Sixers side that beat them by six wickets earlier in the month, but recent trends suggest the ‘Gades could be a good bet here.
Sydney has slipped into third on the ladder at time of publish after losing three of their last five games. Melbourne also holds a 1-0 record as the underdog against Sydney including three wins from their last five meetings.
You might be surprised to learn the Renegades currently lead the competition in runs scored. With that in mind, take the visitors at a handy price.
Tip: Back the Renegades to Win @ $2.20
Saturday January 25, MCG, 7:10pm
Heat Won By 71 Runs
It’s tough to know in advance how far off a top five spot the Heat will be heading into Saturday’s game, but for now, this shapes up as another must-win for Brisbane.
The Stars are in no danger of losing their top spot on the ladder, however Melbourne will be eager to make up for a disappointing loss to the Strikers on Wednesday night.
David Hussey’s side has taken their foot off the gas a little this week with back-to-back losses, but punters will be happy to learn the Stars have played to a 3-1 record on the back of a loss.
The current quote for the Stars looks enormous value when you also consider Melbourne won by 22 runs over the Heat in their season opener. Glenn Maxwell enjoyed a casual 83 run day off 39 balls, so don’t be afraid to back a pair of the favourites in a Same Game Multi.
Tip: Back the Stars to Win & Glenn Maxwell Top Stars Runscorer @ $6.43
Sunday 26th January
Sunday January 26, Sydney Showground, 2:45pm
Thunder Won By 7 Wkts
The top five could be decided here as the Thunder and the Scorchers square off in their final game of the home and away season.
Sydney sits fifth on the ladder at time of publish while the Scorchers are only one game better in fourth. These two sides met last Monday – a game Perth won comfortably by eight wickets at home.
The Thunder have won only two of their last five games and are coming into this one on short rest after playing in Hobart on Friday night.
Perth also comes into this one a little weary eyed after playing the Strikers at home. Therefore, you’ll need to rely on the trends here if you want to find a winner.
The Thunder are 3-1 as the home favourite over the last 12 months and a perfect 1-0 in the same scenario against the Scorchers. With almost even money on offer, take Sydney to win and extend their season.
Tip: Back the Thunder to Win
Sunday January 26, Adelaide Oval, 7:10pm
Hurricanes Won By 10 Runs
Hobart can still make the finals should they win against the Thunder on Friday night, while the Strikers are simply looking to reclaim the second spot on the ladder over the Sixers.
You don’t need to rewind very far to find the last meeting between these two sides. Adelaide won by 10 runs last Sunday in Launceston, largely due to Travis Head’s cracking performance with the bat.
The Strikers are one of the most in-form sides in the competition right now with four wins from their last five games (at time of publish). The batting attack has benefited from the likes of Head and Alex Carey returning from international duty, while Adelaide fans can also rest easy knowing their side has won its last two meetings against the ‘Canes.
Tip: Back the Strikers to Win & Travis Head Top Strikers Runscorer
Monday 27th January
Monday January 27, Marvel Stadium, 2:45pm
Renegades Won By 7 Wkts
The home and away season wraps up on Monday with the Heat traveling to Melbourne to face the disappointing Renegades.
Brisbane’s season has been a rollercoaster up until this point, but if results go their way this weekend, there’s still a scenario that could see the Heat sneak into the top five.
The Renegades have certainly had the Heat’s number in recent times, however. Melbourne has won four of the last five meetings between these two sides, including a big 44 run victory last Sunday at the Gabba.
Marvel’s pitch should see plenty of runs on the board in this one though, which makes the Heat a decent bet to round out their season with a victory.
Tip: Back the Heat to Win
The Big Bash continues to go from strength to strength and we are set for another huge edition of the competition this season.
There is very little between all eight franchises in the Big Bash and there is a case to be made for just about every side.
We will analyse every single game in the Big Bash this season and our complete Big Bash League tips can be found below!
ALL TIMES LOCAL
Wednesday 19 December, 6:15pm, The Gabba
Adelaide Strikers Won By 5 Wkts
Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum, better known as the Bash Brothers, will suit up for the Heat as they open the season in a blockbuster against the Strikers.
Both players are capable of piling on runs early atop the order, which makes Brisbane an enticing favourite against Adelaide’s elite bowling attack.
Before you get too carried away, you may want to keep in mind the Strikers have enjoyed the better part of this match up, though. In their last five meetings, Adelaide have won three, including last year’s 56-run victory at home.
The Strikers will go without captain Travis Head on Wednesday, but they’ll welcome back Peter Siddle from international duties – good news considering he took nine wickets last season.
Adelaide were 3-1 as the underdog last year, which looks to be the play today. Defending their title is one thing, but this is the most elite side in the competition, spearheaded by the lethal leg-spin attack of Rashid Khan. This figures to be a serious reality check for the Heat, and perhaps the entire competition on opening night.
Tip: Back the Strikers To Win @ $2.00
Thursday 20 December, 7:15pm, Marvel Stadium
Melbourne Renegades Won By 4 Wkts
The Renegades’ lineup looks a bit messy to start the season.
Melbourne will go without Aaron Finch due to Test commitments, which leaves Kelvin Smith and Victorian wicketkeeper/batsman Sam Harper as the teams opening pair.
Perth’s squad also remains a bit of a mystery, but it’s for all the right reasons. We’ll have to wait a little longer to see the likes of Shaun Marsh and the returning Cameron Bancroft, but with so much depth to play with, you just know coach Adam Voges is going to produce something special.
The biggest question the Scorchers face is at the top of the order. 25-year old sensation Ashton Agar has nominated himself to open after posting an unbeaten 52-runs during a Premier Twenty20 match on Sunday, but there’s also a case to be made for all-rounder David Willey.
Perth are a perfect 2-0 when favourite against the Renegades, and have also won all eight of their meetings dating back to the Big Bash’s inaugural 2011 season. On a Marvel Stadium pitch well-suited to spinners, this should be right up Perth’s alley.
Tip: Back the Scorchers To Win @ $1.80, Usman Qadir Top Scorchers Wicket Taker @ $5.00
Friday 21 December, 7:15pm, Manuka Oval
Sydney Thunder Won By 15 Runs
The Thunder might have already hit a six by adding English import Joe Root to the side during the offseason.
Joining fellow countrymen Jos Buttler, the pair form a troublesome trio with captain Shane Watson thrown in the mix. On the bowling side, Sydney remain one big question mark with Pat Cummins serving Test duty.
Compared to the Stars, though, Sydney look a much more complete side. Melbourne’s horror run of injuries sees them open the season without Nic Maddinson, Seb Gotch and Dan Worrall, leaving most of the work in the hands of veteran West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and opening batsman Ben Dunk.
To make matters worse, the Stars haven’t beaten the Thunder since 2015, which leaves little faith ahead of what should be a bouncy pitch in Canberra. The Thunder’s 2-2 record as the favourite over the last 12 months is hardly convincing, but we should learn a thing or two about this eye-catching Sydney side on Friday.
Tip: Back the Thunder To Win @ $1.80
Saturday 22 December, 3:30pm, SCG
Sydney Sixers Won By 17 Runs
It’s a quick turnaround for the Scorchers following their Thursday night game against the Renegades in Melbourne.
Perth will likely play a similar squad as they prepare for this match against the Sixers, but we should have more of a feel for top order batsman David Willey and reliable leg-spinner Usman Qadir.
The man to watch in this one though, will be 38-year old veteran Michael Klinger, who scored 83-runs when the Scorchers met the Sixers in Perth last year. Sydney will look to counter with spinner Steve O’Keefe, who finished 1/86 and 4/88 during NSW’s Sheffield Shield game a fortnight ago against South Australia.
In their 12 matches dating back to 2012, Perth have lost on just three occasions. Not surprisingly the Scorchers enter this one as the favourite, but Sydney’s 2-1 record as the home underdog against Perth is the stat you’ll want to get behind. Look for a strong home showing from English import Joe Denly an Josh Philippe atop the Sixers’ batting order.
Tip: Back the Sixers To Win @ $2.00
Saturday 22 December, 6:00pm, Metricon Stadium
Hobart Hurricanes Won By 15 Runs
The Heat fell by five-wickets at home against the Strikers on Wednesday night.
It was a concerning start to the season as the ‘Bash Brothers’ Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn combined for a paltry 37-runs. The top of the order was supposed to be a strong suit for the Heat this year, but the tail-enders were just as unimpressive with both Mark Steketee and Mitchell Swepson gone for a duck.
On the back of a surprise spot in the finals last year, Hobart enjoy a late start to their 2018/19 campaign. Nothing will come easy in front of a loud and energized Brisbane crowd though, and to make matters worse, coaches Adam Griffith and Ben Rohrer have some decisions to make atop the order with Tim Paine serving Test duty.
It remains to be seen how the Hurricanes line up for this one. The smart option would be to have Alex Doolan open, leaving George Bailey to man the middle-order.
Hobart have won their last two games against Brisbane despite the Heat entering as the favourites. Brisbane are now 2-4 as home favourites, and given how poorly their opening order performed on Wednesday, there’s nothing to suggest Hobart can’t pull off an upset.
Tip: Back the Hurricanes To Win @ $2.10
Sunday 23 December, 6:45pm, Adelaide Oval
Melbourne Renegades Won By 5 Wkts
The Strikers iced the Heat on Wednesday night to set themselves up with a huge opening win away from home.
It came in large part thanks to the efforts of opening batsman Alex Carey, who put up 70-runs to eventually lead Adelaide to a five wicket victory.
On the other side of the ball, Rashid Khan’s three wicket haul sees him kick off the season right where he left off– leading the league in wickets.
We’re still a little unsure on how the Renegades will fare without Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris, but the team has made moves to ensure the opening order is in safe hands.
The Strikers have enjoyed the better part of this match up winning four of their last five meetings against the Gades, and as the home favourite, Adelaide are 3-1 over the last 12 months.
With the best spinner in the game facing a side that looks to be a huge question mark, the reigning champions should remain perfect to start the season.
Tip: Back the Strikers To Win, Rashid Khan Top Wicket-Taker
Monday 24 December, 3:45pm, Blundstone Arena
Hobart Hurricanes Won By 6 Wkts
The Stars should go into this clash relatively unchanged following their match against Sydney on Friday night.
We’ll get a second look at new inclusions Dwayne Bravo and Travis Dean, but Nick Larkin filling in for the injured Nic Maddinson remains the key to Melbourne’s season.
Hobart’s short turnaround following Saturday’s clash against the Heat on the Gold Coast makes them a risky play in this one, but with the market looking razor tight, there’s plenty of betting options in play.
Melbourne have won three of their last five meetings against the Hurricanes, and are also 4-2 as the away favourites.
Tip: Back the Stars To Win @ $1.91
Monday 24 December, 7:15pm, Spotless Stadium
Sydney Thunder Won By 21 Runs
The Sydney Derby has proven a tough to tip in recent years, but it’s been the Thunder with the upper hand head-to-head.
In their last six meetings the Thunder have won four, and they’ll head into this year’s edition as the slight favourite.
Expectations are high for the Thunder’s opening order after a strong offseason acquiring international talent. Unfortunately for them, their 1-2 record as home favourites against the Sixers is a little concerning.
Speaking of imports, the Sixers will be relying on one of their own this year – Englishman Tom Curran. He heads a stellar bowling attack alongside former Test spinner Steve O’Keefe, and since we’ve seen plenty of wickets fall already this season, the Sixers look a great upset pick.
Tip: Back the Thunder To Win @ $2.10
Friday 28 December, 7:15pm, Blundstone Arena
Hobart Hurricances Won By 6 Wkts
After two games the Thunder remain undefeated and most importantly, atop the Big Bash ladder.
A 15-run victory over the Stars on Monday was capped off by a huge three wicket haul from all-rounder Daniel Sams, which has given the Thunder the edge in the market against the Hurricanes on Friday.
Hobart aren’t to be taken lightly though – the Hurricanes are also undefeated to start the season, having won by 15-runs of their own against the Heat last week.
These two sides are tough to tell apart, but it’s the Hurricanes who have won the last two encounters. They’ll be relying heavily on the bowling attack led by James Faulkner, and after a three wicket bag against Brisbane, you have to like Hobart’s upset chances at home.
Tip: Hurricanes To Win @ $2.00
Saturday 29 December, 7:00pm, Marvel Stadium
Sydney Sixers Won By 33 Runs
The Renegades are 2-0 to start the season thanks to some world class bowling from the likes of Kane Richardson and Daniel Christian.
The duo combined for six wickets during Melbourne’s four wicket win over Perth earlier this week, and with home field advantage against the Sixers on Saturday, the Renegades look tough to beat.
Sydney are 1-2 as the away underdog against the Renegades, although they have enjoyed the better part of this series winning four of their last five encounters.
Still, Melbourne’s bowling attack might sneakily be one of the best in the competition, and if veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi can continue to show form at the crease, they should take full advantage of this generous wicket.
Tip: Renegades To Win @ $1.67
Sunday 30 December, 7:15pm, UTAS Stadium (Launceston)
Hobart Hurricanes Won By 6 Wkts
Hobart ran away with a six wicket win over the Melbourne Stars on Christmas Eve to make it two wins from two.
It was a big day at the crease for Matthew Wade making a half century, while Jofra Archer’s three wicket haul once again put the whole league on notice that the Bardados-born paceman is the real deal.
After opening as the outright title favourites, Perth’s start to the season has been less than ideal. After two straight opening losses, the Scorchers rebounded on Boxing Day to earn an impressive seven wicket home win over the Strikers.
For Perth, it’s all about Jhye Richardson. The 22-year old fast bowling phenom took three wickets against Adelaide, and he should be the deciding factor on a lively Hobart wicket.
The Hurricanes have only defeated the Scorchers three times in their nine meetings, and as the odds suggest, it could go either way. Stick with the Scorchers as their bowling attack starts to find form.
Tip: Back the Scorchers To Win @ $1.91
Monday 31 December, 7:15pm, Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Strikers Won By 20 Runs
The Thunder have been the surprise standout opening the season undefeated thanks to wins over the Stars and Sixers.
They’ll travel to Adelaide on Monday to face a Strikers side with just one win in three games, the most recent of which came in a seven wicket drubbing at the hands of the Scorchers.
The Strikers have enjoyed the better part of this series winning the last three encounters, and as we all know, home field advantage is huge advantage for Adelaide.
The Thunder enter this one as the slight underdog, a role they’ve gone 1-1-4 in all games against the Strikers.
Adelaide on the other hand are 3-2 as the home favourite over the last 12 months, and with a handy five day break, the Strikers look good value to claim the win.
Tip: Back the Strikers To Win @ $1.80
Wednesday 2 January,7:15pm, Spotless Stadium
Sydney Thunder Won By 1 Run
The Thunder’s fast start to the season came to a screeching halt over the weekend losing by as many as seven wickets to the Hurricanes and 20 runs to the Strikers.
Things haven’t been any better for the Scorchers, who opened the season as the championship favourite. Perth have won just one of their four games to start the year to sit seventh on the Big Bash ladder.
Despite their slump, Sydney enter this one as the favourite. The Thunder are 2-0 as the home favourite in the last 12 months, although they have won only two of their seven games against the Scorchers.
Even so, home field advantage should prove to be the winning factor for Sydney, especially on a wicket that should challenge the top of Perth’s order.
Tip: Jos Buttler Top Runscorer @ $3.00
Thursday 3 January,7:15pm, GMHBA Stadium (Geelong)
Adelaide Strikers Won By 32 Runs
The Renegades and Strikers find themselves in a similar position ahead of Thursday night’s clash.
Both Melbourne and Adelaide are 2-2 so far this season, which is making life difficult for the bookies when it comes to picking a favourite.
Adelaide have the slight edge in the market despite playing away from home. The Strikers are 2-1 as the away favourite over the last 12 months, and their bowling attack, spearheaded by Rashid Khan, should see them seek revenge on the Gades after losing to Melbourne at home last month.
Tip: Back the Strikers To Win @ $1.80
Friday 4 January,7:15pm, Blundstone Arena
Hobart Hurricanes Won by 5 Wkts
The Big Bash has served up a Friday night treat as the first-place Hurricanes host the second-place Sixers.
Hobart smashed the Scorchers to win by six wickets on Sunday, while the Sixers were equally impressive defeating the Heat by five wickets on the Gold Coast.
It’s no surprise to see the Hurricanes enter as the heavy favourites at home, especially considering James Faulkner and Riley Meredith have combined for eight wickets in Hobart’s last two matches.
With that in mind, as well as the short-price for the Hurricances to win, the Wicket Taker market looks like a nice play on the bouncy Hobart wicket.
Tip: James Faulkner Top Wicket Taker @ $4.50
Saturday 5 January,5:15pm, Metricon Stadium
Melbourne Stars Won By 8 Wkts
The Thunder bounced back from their two-game skid on Thursday to defeat the Scorchers by a single run at Spotless Stadium.
It was a big performance from Jos Buttler in more ways than one, but aside from his wacky dismissal, the Englishman contributed with 55 runs off 54 balls.
For Melbourne, the Stars have also bounced back to winning form after starting the season 0-2. Victories over the Sixers and Renegades has made life difficult for the bookies, and as it stands, the odds remain dead even.
Since this game is being played on a neutral wicket at Metricon Stadium, this one could really go either way. The Thunder have won five straight over the Stars however, so that might be the only star worth hanging your hat on.
Tip: Back the Thunder To Win @ $1.91
Saturday 5 January,6:45pm, Optus Stadium
Brisbane Heat Won By 5 Wkts
Perth lost a heartbreaker on Thursday night against the Thunder, falling by a lone run despite an unbeaten 60 from Ashton Turner.
Brisbane’s start to the season has been just as agonising, failing to hit the win column in their three games. The Heat were beaten by five wickets against the Sixers on New Year’s Day, but their 2-3 record as the away underdog against the Scorchers makes them a tough side to back in this one.
Since Perth have played only one game at home so far this season, a seven-wicket win over the Strikers, they should have no problem claiming their first win over the Heat since 2017.
Tip: Back the Scorchers To Win @ $1.73
Sunday 6 January,6:45pm, Optus Stadium
Sydney Sixers Won By 6 Wkts
The Strikers held on for a 32-run victory over the Renegades on Thursday night to claim second spot on the Big Bash ladder. It was a huge win for Adelaide on the road, one that has them as the early favourites returning home to face the Sixers.
Sydney are no easy-beat though, especially considering they’ve lost just one of their five games this season. The biggest surprise so far has been 26-year old sensation Jordan Silk, who is currently averaging 61.33 runs with the bat.
Even so, the Strikers have won three straight matches dating back to 2015 against Sydney, and remain a strong play as the home favourite with a 4-2 record.
With minimal value on offer in the head-to-head market however, back the always reliable Rashid Khan to finish as the Top Wicket Taker.
Tip: Adelaide Strikers Top Wicket Taker: Rashid Khan @ $2.75
Monday 7 January, 7:15pm, Marvel Stadium
Melbourne Renegades Won By Six-Wkts
The Hurricanes remain undefeated following their five-wicket win over the Sixers on Friday night. It was another huge game for James Faulkner bagging another three-wicket haul, but even so, the bookies are still have a tough time siding with Hobart tonight.
For the Renegades, Melbourne come into this one following a 32-run loss to the Strikers last week, but they should be well rested after a handy three day break. A win for the Gades’ tonight would put them tied for third on points with the Thunder, Strikers, and Stars.
History wise Melbourne have enjoyed the better part of this match up winning five of their seven meetings against Hobart. The Gades’ are also 4-1 as the underdog against Hobart, so if the odds swing, Melbourne look to be a great upset bet.
Tip: Back the Renegades To Win @ $1.91
Tuesday 8 January,7:15pm, Spotless Stadium
Brisbane Heat Won by 15-Runs
The Thunder were straight-up embarrassed against the Stars on Saturday losing by eight-wickets in a dismal batting display.
Brisbane, on the other hand, finally claimed their first win of the season over the hapless Scorchers in Perth, but with a second straight road trip to Spotless Stadium ahead, the Heat still find themselves as underdogs.
Interestingly enough, the Heat have won three straight over the Thunder dating back to 2014. This is also the first time in their six meetings Brisbane has entered as the underdog.
With the Thunder sitting fifth in the competition at 3-3, give the importance of this match up, Sydney should rebound to keep their finals hopes alive.
Tip: Back the Thunder To Win @ $1.80
Wednesday 9 January,7:15pm, MCG
Perth Scorchers Won By 6-Wkts
The Scorchers were the early favourites to win the Big Bash title this season, but after a 1-5 start, Perth’s hopes are fading fast.
Their five-wicket loss to the Heat over the weekend highlighted just how the batting order is struggling, and with a road game against the 3-2 Stars ahead, it’s almost surprising to see the Scorchers dead even with Melbourne in the market.
There’s no hotter team than the Stars right now. A three-game winning streak was capped off with a huge eight-wicket win over the Thunder on the Gold Coast last weekend, a game that saw Marcus Stoinis claim two.
Unfortunately for the Stars though, the Scorchers have won the last two meetings between the two, but their 1-2 record as the away underdog isn’t quite so encouraging. If Glenn Maxwell can chip in with another handy 40-run effort, the Stars should come through here.
Tip: Back the Stars To Win @ $1.91
Thursday 10 January,6:15pm, The Gabba
Melbourne Renegades Won By 8-Wkts
It’s a quick turnaround for the Heat following Tuesday’s match against the Thunder in Sydney. After earning their first win over the Scorchers last weekend, Brisbane will fancy themselves as they return to The Gabba, but as the odds suggest, the Heat are still a long shot against a Renegades side looking to make a push up the ladder.
Melbourne held on for a six-wicket win over the Hurricanes on Monday night, led by a huge three-wicket haul from Kane Richardson. The Gades have only lost two games against Brisbane in their nine meetings dating back to 2012, and have also enjoyed a handy six-game unbeaten run.
There’s no denying Melbourne aren’t too familiar with being the favourite in away matches, however. The Renegades are 1-1 in this scenario over the last 12 months, while Brisbane are 0-2 as the home underdog against Melbourne.
Tip: Melbourne Renegades Top Wicket Taker: Kane Richardson @ $3.50
Friday 11 January,6:30pm, Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Strikers Won By 41-Runs
It’s a quick two day turnaround for the Stars following their six-wicket loss to the Scorchers at home on Wednesday night. Melbourne were severely outclassed with the bat by Scorchers medium-pacer Andrew Tye, who took home four wickets in the Perth’s second win of the season.
The Strikers have enjoyed a much longer break having played last Sunday in a six-wicket loss of their own against the Sixers. Adelaide have now slumped to 3-3 on the season with just one win at home.
Melbourne’s hopes might rest entirely on Ben Dunk in this one with both Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis serving One-Day duty. Dunk has made half a century only once this season, which doesn’t stack up well against the Strikers’ killer bowling attack.
At home Adelaide enter this one as the favourite, a scenario they are 3-3 in over the last 12-months. The Strikers, meanwhile, are 1-3 as the away underdogs, but with such little value on offer in the head-to-head market, make sure you jump on Travis Head – he makes his domestic debut after returning from Test duties.
Tip: Top Strikers Runscorer: Travis Head @ $4.00
Sunday 13 January,2:45pm, Spotless Stadium
Sydney Thunder Won By 71-Runs
The Strikers close out Round 7 on just a day’s rest following their match against the Stars at home on Friday, and if their recent record against the Thunder is anything to go by, we should be in for a real treat.
Adelaide have won four straight over Sydney dating back to 2017 and not surprisingly enter this one as the favourite. The Thunder’s season is going backwards fast with four losses and just three wins to their name, capped off by a 15-run defeat to the hapless Heat earlier in the week.
The Strikers are 2-1 on the road this season and are also 3-1 as the away favourite against Sydney. With Jake Weatherald smacking half a ton against the Sixers last Sunday, Adelaide should polish off their second Sydney side this fortnight.
Tip: Jake Weatherald Man of the Match @ $8.00
Sunday 13 January,6:35pm, GMHBA Stadium (Geelong)
Brisbane Heat Won By 101-Runs
The Heat fell by eight-wickets to the Renegades on Thursday night in a disappointing performance in front of their hometown fans. The two will do battle for the second time in Melbourne on Sunday, but after a huge three-wicket haul from Usman Shinwari in the first meeting, the Heat have their work cut out for them.
Following Thursday’s win the Renegades have now won seven straight over Brisbane, and with a two-way tie between themselves and the Sixers for the second spot on the ladder, a win this weekend is crucial.
Melbourne are 3-2 as the home favourite against the Heat, while the Heat’s 2-6 record as the underdog makes them almost impossible to back.
Tip: Back the Renegades To Win @ $1.80
Sunday 13 January,6:35pm, Optus Stadium
Perth Scorchers Won By 7-Wkts
A win for the 4-3 Sixers this weekend could see them leapfrog the Renegades for second on the ladder should Melbourne lose to the Heat in the early game.
As for the Scorchers, a home win over the Sixers could see Perth free themselves from the bottom of the standings, and after six-wicket win over the Stars on Wednesday, you have to like their chances.
Perth have won three of their last five against Sydney and are 3-1 as the home favourite in this scenario.
Tip: Back the Scorchers To Win @ $1.80
Wednesday 16 January,7:15pm, SCG
Melbourne Renegades Won By 7-Wkts
The 4-4 Sixers remain in the third spot on the Big Bash ladder, but a win over the fifth placed Renegades could send them to outright second behind the Hurricanes.
After losing by seven-wickets to the Scorchers last week, nothing looks easy for Sydney though, but on the flip side, they have won four of their last five over Melbourne dating back to 2014.
The Rengades’ two-game winning streak came to a close in a 101-run belting against the Heat on Sunday, so they too will be looking to get back to winning ways. As the market suggests, this one is a tough call, but considering Melbourne are 2-2 as the away favourite against the Sixers, they get the nod here.
Tip: Back the Sixers To Win @ $1.80
Thursday 17 January,6:15pm, The Gabba
This is a huge game for the Heat if they wish to somehow claw their way back towards a Top 4 spot. Brisbane won by 101-runs over the Renegades on Sunday thanks to a 69-run effort from Brendon McCullum, but against the third-place Thunder at home, things certainly won’t come easy.
Fortunately, you don’t have rewind too far to find the Heat’s last meeting with the Thunder. The two met nine days ago, a match Brisbane won by 15-runs at Spotless Stadium. The Heat find themselves as favourites as the series swings back to the Gabba, a scenario they are 2-0 in against the Thunder.
As for Sydney, the underdog role has proven less than desirable this season. The Thunder are 1-2 at the longer odds over the last 12-months, but since there’s hardly any value in the Heat at this price, your best bet would be to back McCullum to smack another big bag.
Tip: Brisbane Heat Top Runscorer: Brendon McCullum @ $3.75
Friday 18 January,6:30pm, Optus Stadium
Hobart Hurricanes To Win By 4-Wkts
The Scorchers have strung together two straight wins over the Stars and Sixers to keep their very faint finals hopes alive. Perth will need to pull off a miracle on Friday against the Hurricanes however, as Hobart currently sit atop the Big Bash ladder with just one loss to their name.
The last time these two sides met in December the Hurricanes took a commanding six-wicket victory thanks to a three-wicket haul from Riley Meredith. The 22-year-old is in sparkling form, also taking four wickets in a win over the Stars on Monday.
As the case has been all season, you can’t back the Hurricanes at this short price. Hobart have now won two straight over Perth and are also 4-1 as the favourite over the last 12-months, but with Meredith making it look easy, the Top Wicket Taker market is your best bet.
Tip: Hobart Hurricanes Top Wicket Taker: Riley Meredith @ $4.50
Saturday 19 January,6:45pm, Marvel Stadium
Melbourne Stars Won By 6-Wkts
The Renegades will be desperate to not only get one up on their inter-state rivals this weekend, but also distance themselves from third-place on the Big Bash ladder.
Surprisingly enough, it’s the Renegades who enter this one as the underdog despite having just beaten the Sixers by seven-wickets on Wednesday. The Stars, meanwhile, have three straight games to open the New Year, but their 4-1 record in away games against the Renegades is fairly encouraging.
Tip: Back the Stars To Win @ $1.80
Sunday 20 January,7:15pm, SCG
Sydney Sixers Won By 79-Runs
A power failure saved the Brisbane Heat on Thursday night at The Gabba, drawing a no result against the Thunder to remain in the sixth spot on the ladder. Brisbane now travel to face the Sixers on Sunday, a team they haven’t beaten since 2016.
Sydney lost their last match to the Renegades by seven-wickets, but they still find themselves in the hunt for a Top 4 spot this weekend. Even at home, the Sixers find themselves as the underdog in this one, a scenario they are 4-5 in over the last 12-months.
As the favourite, Brisbane are 0-6 against the Sixers, and after allowing Shane Watson to smack a century before someone flipped the switch on Thursday, you have to question the Heat’s bowling attack.
Tip: Back the Sixers To Win @ $2.10
Monday 21 January,6:45pm, Adelaide Oval
Hobart Won By 10-Wkts
The Strikers were no match for the Thunder last Sunday, falling by as many as 71-runs after a disappointing display with the bat. They’ve since enjoyed eight days off however, a perfect midseason break as they look to turn things around.
For the Hurricanes, it’s been nothing but smooth sailing atop the ladder. Still with one loss to their name, Hobart manhandled the Scorchers in Perth last Friday to walk away with a handy four-wicket win.
The last time these two sides met it was the Strikers winning comfortably. Adelaide have won two straight over the Hurricanes, but the two are yet to do battle in the 2018/19 season.
Since there’s great odds on offer for either side, it’s worth considering the Hurricanes are 5-1 as the favourites against Adelaide. Since they’ve proven themselves on the road, take these odds and run.
Tip: Back the Hurricanes To Win @ $1.91
Tuesday 22 January,7:15pm, Spotless Stadium
Melbourne Renegades Won By 12-Runs
Sydney were unlucky not to walk away with the points in Brisbane last week after a power outage saw the match end in a no result. Even so, the Thunder still find themselves sitting fourth on the ladder, but a win over the Renegades on Tuesday would see them leapfrog Melbourne on the ladder.
The Renegades also have a lot on the line in this one – a win would see them leapgfrog the Sydney Sixers for second. It’s a huge match with plenty of implications, leaving the bookies torn in the market.
Melbourne have won four straight over the Thunder dating back to 2014. They’ve also been particularly strong on the road this season boasting a strong 3-0 record. Look for another big game from league leading wicket-taker, Kane Richardson.
Tip: Back the Renegades To Win @ $1.91
Wednesday 23 January,2:00pm, Ted Summerton Reserve
Melbourne Stars Won By 44-Runs
Melbourne took care of their rivals on Saturday defeating the Renegades by six-wickets to remain one-point shy of the Top 4.
The Strikers also find themselves in a similar position on the ladder now tied with eight-points alongside the Stars. The ladder logjam makes this match extremely interesting, especially when you consider Adelaide have won two-straight over Melbourne.
Even so, with home-field advantage to their name it isn’t surprising to see the Stars open as favourites. They are 3-0 against the Strikers in this scenario, and with Marcus Stoinis smacking 70 against the Gades’ over the weekend, Melbourne look tough to beat.
Tip: Back the Stars To Win @ $1.80
Wednesday 23 January,7:15pm, SCG
Sydney Sixers Won By 9-Wkts
Round 10 comes to a close between the Sixers and the Hurricanes in a battle between the top two Big Bash sides.
Hobart have suffered just one loss all season, while the 5-5 Sixers open as the underdogs in this one.
The last time these two sides met it was Hobart prevailing narrowly, earning them a third straight win over Sydney.
As the Canes prepare to travel to the SCG, it’s worth noting Hobart are 4-2 as the favourites against Sydney. You simply can’t argue with a team that leads the league in strike rate and total wickets taken, but since the odds look a little short, leading run-scorer D’Arcy Short is probably your best value to smack at least half a ton.
Tip: Top Hurricanes Runscorer: D’Arcy Short @ $2.75
Thursday 24 January,6:40pm, Optus Stadium
Sydney Thunder Won By 6-Wkts
It’s now or never for the Scorchers. A win could lift Perth from the bottom of the Big Bash ladder over the Heat, while the Thunder could also find themselves in the Top 4 if they can pull off a big win on the road.
So far this season Sydney have found themselves as the underdog on the road just once, while their 2-5 record in this scenario against Perth is a little concerning.
The Scorchers are 3-2 as the home favourite over the last 12-months, but their recent form against the Sixers suggests this could be a close one. Sydney have won three of the last five meetings between the two, although the Scorcher are 3-1 at Perth Stadium this season.
With the odds looking a little short head-to-head, you’ll probably have to look towards the player performance market if you’re leaning towards the Scorchers. Andrew Tye took two wickets against the Hurricanes last week to bump his total to 12 on the year, so it’s worth backing the favourite.
Tip: Perth Scorchers Top Wicket-Taker: Andrew Tye @ $3.75
Sunday January 27,7:15pm, MCG
Melbourne Stars Won By 5-Runs
Despite winning their last two games, things are getting a little testy for the fourth-place Stars. Melbourne can feel Sydney breathing down their neck on the ladder, and with five-straight losses to Brisbane dating back to 2014, it’s hard to feel confident in the Stars’ chances.
Fortunately for Melbourne, the Heat remain unpredictable. They’ve won just two of their last five-games, but their three wins on the road this year makes them a serious chance on Sunday.
The market is in favour of the Stars in this one, but their 0-3 record as the home favourite looks ugly. Brisbane, on the other hand, are 3-0 as the away underdog over the last 12-months, which makes the upset a pretty nice bet.
Tip: Back the Heat To Win @ $2.10
Monday January 28,6:15pm, Optus Stadium
Melbourne Renegades Won By 78-Runs
Perth find themselves with nowhere to go on the bottom of the Big Bash ladder, and there’s no reprieve in sight with the third-place Renegades coming to town on Monday.
Melbourne have won three straight games heading into this one, also enjoying a handy six-day break. The Renegades won their most recent match over the Scorchers back in December, but before that they’d failed to record a single victory over Perth dating back to 2011.
With home-field advantage the Scorchers find themselves as favourites, a scenario they are 2-0 in against the Renegades. Considering Melbourne are 3-1 as the away underdog over the last 12-months however, you have to like the Gades at this price.
Tip: Back the Renegades To Win @ $2.10
Tuesday January 29,4:00pm, Blundstone Arena
Hobart Hurricanes Won By 9-Wickets
The first-place Hurricanes were handed their second loss of the season last Wednesday night against the Sixers, but they’ll rightfully start as the heavy favourite ahead of tonight’s clash against the Heat.
Brisbane now find themselves on a serious three-game losing streak following Sunday night’s loss to the Stars, in large part thanks to the struggles of Brendan McCullum and Chris Lynn with the bat.
As the underdog Brisbane are 1-3 against Hobart away from home, having last defeated the Hurricanes way back in 2016. Hobart, meanwhile, lead the league in strike rate, which makes them a nice bet to smack a few over the fence this evening.
Tip: Most Sixes: Hobart Hurricanes @ $1.83
Tuesday January 29,7:00pm, SCG
Sydney Sixers Won By 8-Wkts
This is a huge match for the Strikers if they wish to make anything of their season. Now placed sixth on the ladder, a win would put the pressure on the fifth-place Thunder, while a loss would make the Top 4 very, very difficult with just three matches remaining.
The Sixers, meanwhile, find themselves in a much more favourable position sitting third on the ladder. Sydney have also won two-straight, including an impressive nine-wicket victory over the Hurricanes at home last week.
It’s surprising Sydney aren’t at a shorter price in this one. They’ve won two straight over Adelaide and are also leading the league in total runs scored.
On the flip side, the Sixers find themselves in the rare position as the home favourite, a scenario they are 0-2 in against the Strikers. Still, the bats are firing and there’s decent odds on offer, so make sure you take them.
Tip: Back the Sixers To Win @ $1.80
Wednesday January 30,7:15pm, Marvel Stadium
Melbourne Renegades Won By 27-Runs
There’s so much on the line for Melbourne tonight. Sitting second on the ladder, a win would keep the pressure on the first-place Hurricanes, while a loss could open the door for the third-place Sixers to pounce.
Fortunately, Melbourne have won four of their last five-games over Sydney. The Thunder roll into this one on six-days’ rest, but with a poor 1-2 record as the away underdog against the ‘Gades, it’s pretty tough to back the visitors.
Tip: Back the Renegades To Win @ $1.80
Thursday January 31, 7:30pm, UTAS Stadium (Launceston)
Adelaide Strikers Won By 7-Wkts
Hobart cruised to a nine-wicket victory over the Heat on Tuesday thanks to a huge performance from James Faulkner. Not surprisingly, the Hurricanes enter as the favourites at home, while the season basically hangs in the balance for the Strikers.
Adelaide still sit sixth on the ladder, but a win could bring them within striking distance of the Top 4. That’s easier said than done, however – the Strikers have lost four straight games on the trot.
The good news is Adelaide have won three of their last five-games over Hobart, but they had no such luck when they met the Canes a fortnight ago.
With Hobart ranking first in strike-rate and second in runs scored largely thanks to D’Arcy Short, make sure you take a look at the Top Runscorer market.
Tip: Hobart Hurricanes Top Runscorer – D’Arcy Short @ $2.75
Friday 1 February , 7:40pm, The Gabba
Brisbane Heat Won By 6-Wkts
Brisbane’s season has crashed and burned following a nine-wicket loss to the Hurricanes earlier in the week. The same goes for the wooden spoon favourite Scorchers, who have won just three of their 11 matches this year.
It’s safe to say this one won’t be pretty to watch, and just like the odds indicate, good luck picking a winner. Normally home-field advantage counts for a lot when it comes to Brisbane, but with an 0-3 record at the Gabba this year, the Heat are far from a certainty.
In their last five meetings the Heat have won three, while the Scorchers’ last win in Brisbane came way back in 2017. With the odds all square, this shapes up as one last chance for the Heat to give their home fans something to celebrate.
Tip: Back the Heat To Win @ $1.90
Saturday February 2, 7:40pm, SCG
Sydney Sixers Won By 9-Wkts
The final Sydney derby of the year gets underway on Saturday, and there’s a lot riding on it for both sides.
A win for the Thunder could see them momentarily leapfrog the Stars for a spot in the finals, while the Sixers could also make a push for second if they win out from here.
The Sixers are riding a handy three-game winning streak heading into this one, which has seen them firm into the favourites with the bookies. The Thunder, however, have won three of their last five against their home rivals.
As the favourites at home the Sixers are 2-1 against the Thunder, but since there’s little value on offer straight-up, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Daniel Hughes put up a whopping 51-runs on 44 balls during the win over Adelaide on Tuesday, now ranking third in the league in total fours. The 29-year-old looks great value to do some damage once again.
Tip: Man of the Match – Daniel Hughes @ $9.00
Sunday February 3, 5:45pm, SCG
Brisbane Heat Won By 6-Wkts
It’s the second-last game of the season for both sides with very little on the line. On one hand, the Strikers could still make a push for the finals if results go their way, while Brisbane’s season looks just about over following a handful of recent losses.
Brisbane lost to Adelaide three weeks ago in their season open, falling by as many as five-wickets in front of their home fans. This time around they’ll travel to Adelaide Oval, a venue they haven’t won in since 2016.
The Strikers need the Thunder to lose out from here if they wish to make a push for the Top 4 but having won just two of their last five matches, it looks easier said than done.
The tip here would be to stick with the player market given just how inconsistent these two sides are. The Strikers had no trouble against the ‘Bash Brothers’ in December, while Alex Carey finished with a handy 70-runs.
Tip: Adelaide Strikers Top Runscorer – Alex Carey @ $3.75
Sunday February 3, 5:45pm, Optus Stadium
Perth Scorchers Won By 27-Runs
The wooden spoon Scorchers have very little to play for as the season winds down, but the same can’t be said for the Stars. Still sitting fourth on the ladder, Melbourne need to win their next two games if they wish to cling to a finals spot.
Playing on the road hasn’t come easy for Melbourne – they’ve won just two of their five away games this season. To make matters worse, the Scorchers have also won three-straight over the Stars dating back to 2017.
With the Scorchers also boasting an equally poor 2-4 record at home however, you can’t back Perth at this price. Neither side jumps out as clear winner, so you’re probably best off looking elsewhere.
Tip: Melbourne Stars Top Runscorer – Ben Dunk
Thursday February 7, 7:30pm, Blundstone Arena
Hobart Hurricanes Won By 16-Runs
Tied with the Sixers on points, this is a huge match for the Renegades as they look to steal second spot on the ladder. Melbourne have now won three-straight and four of their last five, while their six-wicket victory over the Hurricanes last month puts them in a good spot to secure an upset on Thursday.
The Hurricanes remain on top of the ladder, but they’ll need to win out from here to remain first. Hobart have looked a little unsteady over the last fortnight losing to the Sixers, and more recently, the Strikers. It’s also worth noting Hobart have won just three of their eight match ups against Melbourne dating back to 2012.
With home-field advantage it’s not surprising to see the Canes as the favourites, a scenario they are a measly 1-3 in against the Renegades. With Melbourne looking very tough to beat recently, take these upset odds while you can.
Tip: Back the Renegades To Win @ $2.10
Friday February 8, 7:40pm, The Gabba
Brisbane Won By 10-Wkts
Somehow, someway, the Heat could still make the finals if they were to defeat the Stars on Friday. There’s also plenty on the line for Melbourne in this one – a win would likely see them through to the finals, while a loss could leave them in danger of falling out of the Top 4.
The last time these two sides met last month the Stars walked away with a narrow five-run victory in Melbourne. Unfortunately, this time around the Stars travel to Brisbane, a ground they haven’t won at since 2014.
Despite having won two-straight the Heat still find themselves at the longer odds in this one. Brisbane are 3-2 as the home underdog against the Stars, while Melbourne are 2-1 as the away favourite over the last 12-months.
Since this one looks tough to call, it’s worth noting Marcus Stoinis put up 43-runs against the Heat last month. He also had a handy 49-run total against the Scorchers on Sunday, so make sure you look at the Runscorer Market.
Tip: Melbourne Stars Top Runscorer – Marcus Stoinis @ $3.25
Saturday February 9, 2:00pm, Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Strikers Won By 5-Wkts
It’s a less than exciting clash between the two bottom feeders, but there is the ever-important matter of the wooden spoon left to decide.
The Strikers sit two-points clear of the Scorchers in seventh-place, but their recent run of late suggests the home fans could be in for a bit of a nervous afternoon. Adelaide have won just three of their last 10-matches and one of their last five, leaving them as the surprising favourite on Saturday.
You can’t say much else for the Scorchers, however. Perth’s win over the Stars on Sunday was their first in five matches, and with an 0-3 record as the away underdog over the last 12-months, it’s tough to take them on at these odds.
Instead, let’s look for some value in the Runscorer Market and back Cameron Bancroft to record his third-straight game of 30-plus runs.
Tip: Perth Scorchers Top Runscorer – Cameron Bancroft @ $4.00
Saturday February 9, 5:15pm, Manuka Oval
Sydney Thunder Won By 4-Wkts
There’s plenty on the line for Sydney on Saturday. The fifth-place Thunder can still play finals should they win out from here (and the Stars lose, of course). They haven’t defeated the Thunder in their last two attempts however, so this one shapes up to be a tough battle down in Canberra.
For Hobart, the Canes are safe atop the ladder now four-points clear of the Sixers. Hobart clung to a 16-run victory over the Renegades on Thursday night, but surprisingly enter this game dead even with Sydney in the market.
With nice odds on offer for either side, it’s worth keeping in mind Sydney’s form at Manuka Oval. They defeated the Stars by 15-runs back in December, and with their season on the line, it’s hard to bet against them.
Tip: Back the Thunder To Win @ $1.91
Sunday February 10, 1:45pm, MCG
Melbourne Stars Won By 94-Runs
The final game of the home/away season is a doozy. The second-place Sixers remain tied on points with the Renegades, so a loss here could alter the finals picture drastically. Meanwhile, pending Friday night’s result, the Stars are still fighting for life sitting fourth on the ladder.
With the Stars winning the first meeting between these two by a comfortable five-wicket margin, Melbourne rightfully enters this one as the favourite at home.
On the flip side, Sydney will be looking to earn their first win at the MCG this season, while their four-game winning streak puts them in good stead to pull off an upset on the road.
As the away underdog the Sixers are 6-5 over the last 12-months and 2-2 on the road against the Stars. These are odds worth taking on.
Tip: Back the Sixers To Win @ $2.00
Thursday 14 February, 6:30pm, Blundstone Arena
Melbourne Stars Won By 6-Wkts
It pays to finish on top of the ladder when you get to retreat back home to Hobart.
The Hurricanes were a perfect 5-0 at Blundstone Arena during the home/away season, largely thanks to the Stars kick-starting the undefeated streak back in December during a six-wicket loss. Melbourne went on to lose to the ‘Canes a month later at the MCG, so is there any chance the Stars can pull out an upset on Thursday?
Unfortunately, the news gets worse if you’re a Melbourne supporter – the Stars were 0-3 during the regular season as the away underdog. Not surprisingly, the Hurricanes were a near perfect 5-1 as the home favourite, and with Big Bash leading run-scorer D’Arcy Short in sparkling form, it’s hard to see this one going any other way.
The Hurricanes have led the league in runs scored, strike rate, and fours all year, so they are well deserving of a spot in the Grand Final. Melbourne, meanwhile, made the finals by the skin of their teeth, and with just one win in their last five road games, it’s hard to see them silencing the purple army.
Tip: Back the Hurricanes To Win @ $1.73, D’Arcy Short Top Hurricanes Runscorer @ $3.00
Friday 15 February, 6:40pm, Marvel Stadium
Melbourne Renegades Won By 3-Wkts
The Sixers were no match for the Renegades when these two sides met a month ago. Melbourne walked away with a comfortable seven-wicket victory at the SCG, and with home-field advantage this time around, it’s no surprise to see the ‘Gades as favourites.
There’s no denying these two sides have gone tit-for-tat in recent years, however. The Sixers defeated the Renegades at Marvel Stadium back in December, while Sydney have also won three of the last five contests.
But can they really get the job done on the road?
The Sixers have lost three of their last six away matches, most recently to the Stars last week at the MCG. As the away underdog Sydney are 6-6 overall and 2-2 vs Melbourne, while the Renegades are 3-2 as the favourite over the last 12-months.
It’s a tough call between two talented sides. Before the loss to the Stars the Sixers had won four-straight, while Melbourne had won three-straight of their own prior to falling to the Hurricanes in Hobart last week.
Either way, this one should be close, but it’s probably best to stick with the home team in the finals.
Tip: Back the Renegades To Win @ $1.80
Sunday 17 February, 1:45pm, Marvel Stadium
Melbourne Renegades Won By 13-Runs
This all Melbourne Grand Final should be a doozy, and as as the odds suggest, it could really swing either way.
The Stars have won three straight over the Renegades dating back to last season, and there’s certainly no doubting their form in Melbourne this season. There’s a lot to be said for this Renegades side though, especially following Aaron Finch’s 44-run effort on Saturday against the Sixers.
The Stars are 5-1 as the away favourites vs. the Gades, a record that looks hard to back against. A lot will come down Peter Handscomb, but after what has been a cinderella season, the Stars should be good money to go all the way.
Tuesday 19 December, 7:45pm, Spotless Stadium
Sydney Thunder won by 5 wkts
It is the Sydney Sixers that will start the Sydney Derby as clear favourites following another impressive Big Bash campaign last season.
This will be a big test of the bowling depth of the Sixers as they will go into this clash without Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Jackson Bird.
This does put the pressure on the likes of Sean Abbott to take some early wickets and if the Thunder do have wickets in hand they will be able to take advantage of the relatively weak fourth, fifth and sixth bowling options of the Sixers.
The Sydney Thunder finished at the bottom of the Big Bash Ladder last season, but they were probably a better outfit than that finish suggested.
The big issue for the Thunder last season was their batting and they have tried to fix that by including Callum Ferguson and Jos Buttler, which should hopefully add more firepower and stability to their bowling line-up.
Their bowling line-up lacks an out and out star – the absence of Pat Cummins is a big loss – and that is a genuine issue.
The market looks to have gotten the Head to Head betting market just about right and the value in this clash lies in the exotic betting markets.
Jason Roy has established himself as one of the best Twenty20 Batsmen in the world and it would not surprise if he ended up as one of the stars of the tournament.
Back Jason Roy To Top Score For the Sydney Sixers @ $4.50
Wednesday 20 December, 7:40pm, The Gabba
Brisbane Heat won by 15 runs
The Brisbane Heat were the big entertainers of the Big Bash last season, but it is the Melbourne Stars that will start this clash as narrow favourites.
Melbourne were consistent as ever in the Big Bash last year and they will once again be in the finals mix.
They have one of the strongest bowling attacks in the entire competition and the signing of the underrated Ben Dunk adds some much-needed firepower to a batting line-up that was a touch disappointing last season.
The Brisbane Heat’s batting line-up is designed to score as many runs as possible and any team that includes Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum is capable of chasing down any total.
Lynn is the key man for the Heat and how he has recovered from shoulder surgery will likely dictate how far the Heat go in this tournament.
Bowling has been an issue for the Heat for a number of seasons and the likes of Ben Cutting and Mark Steketee have been exposed somewhat in recent seasons.
The loss of Sam Badree is a big run, but the signing of Yasir Shah is a shrewd one and he has an excellent record in the Big Bash.
The strength of the Heat’s batting mean that they are a genuine chance in every game that they contest and they offer a touch of value to beat the Melbourne Stars.
Back The Heat To Win @ $2
Thursday 21 December, 7:40pm, Blundstone Arena
Neither of these teams were particularly impressive in the Big Bash last season and it is the Melbourne Renegades that will start this clash as clear favourites.
The Renegades have been touted as genuine Title contenders ahead of the start of this tournament, but I am of the strong opinion that they have been underrated.
Melbourne have added a number of players whose best days may be past them and the loss of their best bowler in the form of Sunil Narine is massive.
They don’t really have a leader of the bowling attack now and there will be plenty of pressure on Brad Hogg to reproduce his best form with the ball.
The Hobart Hurricanes have struggled in the Big Bash over the past couple of seasons and I would be surprised if they were able to return to the finals.
They have gotten rid of the dead weight that was Stuart Broad and Kumar Sangakarra and they have tried to strengthen their bowling attack by including Jofra Archer and Tymal Mills.
George Bailey remains their standout with the bat, but he lacks support and if he fails to fire the chances of the Hurricanes may go flying out the window.
This is another game that the market looks to have gotten just about right, but there is still value to be found in the Man Of The Match betting markets.
Tymal Mills is not particularly well-known in Australia, but he is an excellent bowler in the Twenty20 format and it would not surprise if he was able to star for the Hurricanes.
Back Tymal Mills To Be Named Man Of The Match @ $17
Friday 22 December, 7:10pm, Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Strikers won by 53 runs
This is another clash in the Big Bash where there is very little between the two sides in betting.
The Adelaide Strikers struggled with both the bat and the ball in the Big Bash last season and they haven’t made that many changes to their squad.
Their big acquisition is young Afghan star Rashid Khan and he adds a strike bowling option to an outfit that barely needs it.
He was outstanding in the Indian Premier League, but it will be interesting to see how he fares on the harder pitches in Australia.
The Sydney Thunder started their tournament with a last-ball win over the Sydney Sixers and that game did not teach us much we don’t know about the Thunder – their bowling is their obvious strength and their batting is highly reliant on Shane Watson.
Both these teams are reliant on their star batsmen and this could come down to a battle between Shane Watson and Travis Head.
It really is tough to split these two sides and because of that it is the Thunder that do represent a little bit of value at their current price.
Back Sydney Thunder To Win @ $2
Saturday 23 December, 4:10pm, SCG
Perth Scorchers won by 6 wkts
It is the Sydney Sixers that will go into this clash with the Perth Scorchers as narrow favourites.
Sydney were very disappointing with the bat in the opening game of the tournament – Nic Maddison was their only batsmen to fire – and they could struggle against a Scorchers bowling attack that is the best in the competition.
The Scorchers bowlers will need to be at their very best as their batting depth has taken a huge hit over the past two weeks.
Perth will be without the Marsh Brothers due to their commitments with the Australian team and their batting anchor Michael Klinger will likely miss this game after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Add in the fact that Jason Behrendorff and Nathan Coulter-Nile are both out with injuries and this really is a genuine injury crisis for the Scorchers.
In saying that, there is no franchise in the Big Bash that are as well run as the Scorchers and if any side can overcome these issues it is them.
The market looks to have gotten this clash just about right in terms of head-to-head betting, but there is some genuine value in the Perth Scorchers Top Wicket Taker market.
The loss of Behrendorff and Coulter-Nile will put plenty of pressure on Mitchell Johnson and it would not surprise to see the explosive fast-bowler rip through the Sixers top order.
Back Mitchell Johnson To Be Perth Scorchers Top Wicket Taker @ $4.33
Saturday 23 December, 7:25pm, Etihad Stadium
Melbourne Renegades won by 7 wkts
This is a big game between two sides that won their opening games of the tournament.
The Melbourne Renegades never looked like losing against the Hobart Hurricanes, but the Brisbane Heat do represent a much tougher challenge.
The Hurricanes batting outfit lacks firepower and the Heat are the exact opposite – they could very easy take what I believe is an overrated Renegades bowling line-up apart.
An issue for the Heat is always their bowling line-up and Ben Cutting showed once again against the Melbourne Stars that he struggles with the ball badly in this competition.
The big positive for the Heat with the ball against the Stars was the performances of Josh Lalor and Yashir Shah and Shah in particular will be crucial to the chances of the Heat.
Melbourne’s batting was never tested against the Hurricanes as they were always in control, but it could be a different story if they are chasing a total of 200+ like the Stars were against the Heat.
There is nowhere near as much between these two teams as the current betting market suggests and the Heat are outstanding value to make it two wins from as many games in the Big Bash this season.
Back Brisbane Heat To Win @ $2.20
Tuesday 26 December, 7:10pm, The WACA
Perth Scorchers won by 13 runs
The Perth Scorchers may have an undermanned squad, but that did not stop them starting their campaign with a win over the Sydney Sixers.
Not only do the Scorchers have excellent depth, but their bowling attack is the best in the competition and that does take the pressure off their weakened batting line-up.
The Melbourne Stars have a very strong squad, but they showed in the opening game of the tournament against the Brisbane Heat that they are probably one or two top-quality bowlers short.
They are a side that does lack game awareness at times and their record against Perth has always been poor.
There is no way that the Stars should be as short as their current price and the $2.35 for a Scorchers victory is well and truly over the odds.
Back Perth Scorchers To Win @ $2.35
Wednesday 27 December, 7:10pm, The Gabba
Brisbane Heat won by 6 wkts (DLS)
The Brisbane Heat will start this clash with the Sydney Thunder as clear favourites.
It is fair to say that the Heat were very disappointing against the Melbourne Renegades, but the return of Chris Lynn should buoy them and how he performs could go a long way to deciding the outcome of this clash.
Lynn is the type of player that is capable of winning a Big Bash clash single-handily and he is supported by his fellow ‘Bash Brother’ Brendon McCullum.
The pressure will be well and truly on the bowling line-up of the Thunder as it is tough to see their batting line-up chasing down a big score.
Sydney did enough to win their opening game of the tournament against the Sixers, but they were very poor in their second game against the Adelaide Strikers.
The batting line-up of the Thunder is particularly poor and if Shane Watson fails to fire it is tough to see where their runs are going to come from.
This is a game that the Heat really should win, but there is no real value at their current price and this is a game that I am happy to stay out of from a betting standpoint.
Thursday 28 December, 7:10pm, SCG
Adelaide Strikers won by 6 runs
It has been a very slow start to the tournament for the Sydney Sixers, but they will still go into this clash as favourites.
The Sixers have been horrible with the bat in both their games to date and they take on an Adelaide Strikers side that absolutely tore through the Sydney Thunder.
It really is tough to trust the Sixers on the back of their recent efforts and the fact that they are favourites is something of a surprise.
Adelaide could hardly have been more impressive in their opening game of the tournament against the Thunder.
They did enough with the bat – led by wicket-keeper Alex Carey – but it was their bowling that really thrived.
Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle and Ben Laughlin were all excellent and the Big Bash debut of Afghan spin sensation Rashid Khan could hardly have gone better.
The Strikers could be a genuine dark-horse in the Big Bash this season and they are well and truly over the odds to win this clash.
Back Adelaide Strikers To Win @ $2
Friday 29 December, 7:10pm, Etihad Stadium
Perth Scorchers won by 3 wkts
The Perth Scorchers continue to be nothing short of a revelation in the Big Bash.
They have gone into both their games in the tournament to date with a severely undermanned side, but they have still been able to record two comfortable wins.
Their bowling attack is easily the best in the Big Bash and the combination of Andrew Tye, Mitchell Johnson, David Willey, Jhye Richardson and Aston Agar takes the pressure on the in-experienced Scorchers batting line-up.
The Melbourne Renegades have made a close to flawless start to the Big Bash season and it has been their bowling that has been something of a surprise during the Big Bash to date.
Their batting did things very comfortably against both the Hobart Hurricanes and the Brisbane Heat and the Scorchers obviously represent a tougher test – one that I’m not sure that the Renegades will be able to answer.
Backing the Scorchers continues to be a profitable betting play and I will not be going away from that strategy in this clash.
Back Perth Scorchers To Win @ $2.10
Saturday 30 December, 7:10pm, University Of Tasmania Stadium
Sydney Thunder won by 57 runs
The Hobart Hurricanes will be playing just their second game of the tournament, while this will be the fourth fixture for the Sydney Thunder.
There wasn’t a great deal to like about the Hurricanes in their opening game of the tournament and they really don’t look much stronger than they were 12 months ago.
Their batting is still highly dependent on George Bailey and they are a bowler or two short of a top-level bowling unit.
The issue is that you can say the exact same thing about the Sydney Thunder.
They depend on Shane Watson for runs and this game could end up being a battle between Bailey and Watson with the bat.
Both of these teams are tough to trust from a betting perspective and I will be staying out.
Sunday 31 December, 7:10pm, Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Strikers won by 56 runs
This should be an outstanding contest between two sides that look like being genuine contenders in the Big Bash this season.
The Adelaide Strikers have won both of their games in the tournament to date and their bowling line-up has been nothing short of outstanding.
This will be their biggest test to date against the Brisbane Heat, but spin bowlers have had success against the Heat and Rashid Khan could be the dangerman for the Strikers.
The return of Chris Lynn was the highlight for the Heat against the Sydney Thunder and his presence in the side means that the Heat are capable of winning any game – no matter how poorly their bowlers perform.
There really is not a great deal between these two sides, but the home-ground advantage does mean that the Strikers offer genuine value at their current price of $2.
Back Adelaide Strikers To Win @ $2
Monday 1 January, 7:10pm, Spotless Stadium
The Hobart Hurricanes were soundly beaten by the Sydney Thunder only two days ago and it is tough to back them with any real confidence on that effort.
In saying that, the Thunder have struggled for consistency and they look to have found their right price.
Monday 1 January, 9:25pm, The WACA
Perth Scorchers won by 6 wkts
Tuesday 2 January, 7:10pm, MCG
Brisbane Heat won by 9 wkts
This is the second game of the tournament between the Melbourne Stars and the Brisbane Heat.
The Heat were nothing short of awful against the Adelaide Strikers on New Year’s Eve, but their batting line-up is too strong to falter in back-to-back games.
Chris Lynn was desperately unlucky to be given out for a duck in that clash and he will be keen to atone for that failure.
In has been an up-and-down tournament for the Stars and they are a side that has issues finishing off games.
Their bowling attack is not particularly well-suited to the Heat’s star-studded batting line-up and I can’t get them anywhere near as short as their current price.
Back Brisbane Heat To Win @ $2.10
Wednesday 3 January, 7:10pm, GMHBA Stadium
Melbourne Renegades won by 8 wkts
It has been a very difficult start to the Big Bash for the Sydney Sixers and they are still chasing their first win of the tournament.
Their record does make for grim reading, but the Sixers have had a tough draw – they have played the Perth Scorchers twice – and they are not as bad an outfit as the current table suggests.
The Sixers batting line-up showed what they are capable of with their strong score against the Scorchers on January 2 and they face a Melbourne Renegades side that may have an overrated bowling line-up.
Melbourne may have won two of their first three games, but they are yet to really convince that they are the real deal and they showed against the Scorchers that their batting can be exposed if Cameron White fails to fire.
It is impossible to get the Renegades as short as their current price and the Sixers are great value to claim their first win of the tournament.
Back Sydney Sixers To Win @ $2.40
Thursday 4 January, 7:10pm, Blundstone Arena
Hobart Hurricanes won by 7 runs
The Adelaide Strikers have been ultra-impressive in the Big Bash this season and they will start this clash with the Hobart Hurricanes as clear favourites.
Adelaide dismissed the star-studded Heat batting line-up for less than 100 runs in their New Year’s Eve clash and they have been nothing short of outstanding with the ball in all three of their games.
Ben Laughlin has stamped himself as one of Australia’s best-bowlers in this format of the game and at times Rashid Khan has been nothing short of unplayable.
D’Arcy Short was the star for the Hobart Hurricanes when they beat the Sydney Thunder on New Year’s Day, but the fact they came so close to losing that game is something of a concern.
That big score against the Thunder does look like something of a fluke and they will face a much tougher time against the Strikers bowling line-up.
This is a game that Adelaide should win comfortably and their is still value at their short price.
Back Adelaide Strikers To Win @ $1.67
Friday 5 January, 7:10pm, The Gabba
Brisbane Heat won by 49 runs
This will be an excellent clash between the two teams that many experts predict will meet in the Big Bash Final.
The Brisbane Heat are obviously capable of brilliance on their day and we saw exactly that against the Melbourne Stars earlier in the weekend, but they can be exposed if they lost early wickets.
That is exactly what happened against the Melbourne Renegades and the Adelaide Strikers and they face a Perth Scorchers outfit that has the best bowling attack in the Big Bash.
It was Michael Klinger that led the Scorchers to their win over the Sydney Sixers on New Year’s Day and his return really does give the Scorchers the most well-balanced side in the competition.
The Scorchers have won their past four games away from home and they are once again well and truly over the odds.
Back Perth Scorchers To Win @ $2.10
Saturday 6 January, 7:10pm, Etihad Stadium
Melbourne Renegades won by 6 wkts
The Melbourne Stars have lost their first three games of the season and it doesn’t get any easier against the Melbourne Renegades.
The Renegades were poor against the Perth Scorchers, but they were dominant against the Sydney Sixers and a repeat of that effort would be enough to beat the Stars.
Cameron White has been nothing short of outstanding for the Renegades and he shapes to be the key man once again.
Back Melbourne Renegades To Win @ $1.78
Sunday 7 January, 7:10pm, Spotless Stadium
Adelaide Strikers won by 25 runs
The Adelaide Strikers may no longer be unbeaten, but they have an excellent chance to return to winning form against the Sydney Thunder.
The Sydney Thunder are an outfit that clearly lacks depth and they will be tested by what is an outstanding Strikers bowling outfit.
Rashid Khan in particular has been just about unplayable and he will be the key man for the Strikers again.
Back Adelaide To Win @ $1.75
Monday 8 January, 7:10pm, Blundstone Arena
Hobart Hurricanes won by 5 runs
The Sydney Sixers’ campaign is shaping as one of the worst in the history of the Big Bash and they were nothing short of disgraceful in their most recent clash against the Melbourne Renegades.
Sydney have a complete inability to score runs and unless they are able to improve significantly, it is tough to see how they are going to win a game.
The Hobart Hurricanes produced their best performance of the tournament to beat the Adelaide Strikers and they remain in the finals mix.
D’Arcy Short has been brilliant with the bat and Jofra Archer excellent with the ball, but there is still a concern that this Hurricanes sides does lack depth.
This is a game that Hobart should be able to win, but there is no value at their current price.
Monday 8 January, 9:20pm, The WACA
Perth Scorchers won by 5 wkts
This is a massive game between two of the leading contenders in the Big Bash this season.
The Perth Scorchers had no answers for the explosive batting line-up of the Brisbane Heat in their most recent clash, but they go into this game with close to a full-strength outfit and they have an outstanding opportunity to return to winning form.
No side in the Big Bash has a better bowling line-up than the Scorchers and the Melbourne Renegades batting could be exposed if the Scorchers are able to get the wicket of Cameron White early.
Melbourne have recorded four wins from their five games in the Big Bash this season, but I am still of the opinion that they are not as good as their record suggests.
Their win over the Sixers said more about Sydney than it did about them and the Scorchers cantered to victory when these teams met at Etihad Stadium earlier this season.
The Scorchers continue to be underrated by the market and they are excellent value to return to winning form.
Back Perth Scorchers To Win @ $2.10
Tuesday 9 January, 7:40pm, Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Strikers won by 8 wkts
The Adelaide Strikers will go into this clash as clear favourites.
Adelaide returned to winning form with a dominant effort against the Sydney Thunder on Sunday and Rashid Khan continues to be a contender for the player of the tournament.
Khan has taken multiple wickets in every game he has played in the Big Bash this season and he will be a big hand-fill for a Melbourne Stars batting outfit that is yet to fire.
An even bigger issue for the Stars has been their bowling and they have simply had no answers for either the Brisbane Heat or the Melbourne Renegades in their past two games.
Adelaide do not have as good a batting line-up as either of these teams – especially without Travis Head in the squad – but their bowling should be good enough to get them home in this contest.
Back Adelaide To Win @ $1.62
Wednesday 10 January, 7:40pm, The Gabba
Hobart Hurricanes won by 3 runs
The Brisbane Heat are unbeaten at The Gabba this season and they will start this clash as clear favourites.
There is no doubt that the Heat deserve to start this clash as favourites, but the issue is whether you can get them as short as their current quote without Chris Lynn in the side.
The absence of Lynn does put the pressure on the likes of Brendon McCullum and Joe Burns in a big way and a couple of early wickets from the Hobart Hurricanes could swing this game.
Hobart survived a late scare to beat the Sydney Sixers earlier in the week and there is no doubt that this is a side that has improved significantly.
Tymal Mills and Jofra Archer have been the standouts for the Hurricanes with the ball this season, but fast-bowlers have struggled against the Heat in Brisbane this season and it could be the likes of Cameron Boyce and Clive Rose that thrive in this clash.
The Heat should be able to continue their winning ways, but their is no value at their current price and I am looking wide for a bet in this game.
Archer and Mills look a touch under the odds in the Hobart Hurricanes Top Wicket Taker Market and the $4.50 for Cameron Boyce does appeal.
Back Cameron Boyce To Take The Most Wickets For The Hurricanes @ $4.50
Thursday 11 January, 7:40pm, Spotless Stadium
Sydney Thunder won by 3 runs
The Perth Scorchers returned to winning form with a memorable win over the Melbourne Renegades and they will go into this clash with the Sydney Thunder as clear favourites.
Perth failed to fire with the ball against the Renegades, but their batting was able to handle the load and a massive knock from Ashton Turner got them home.
I would be surprised if the Scorchers bowlers failed to fire again and it is very easy to see them ripping through this Thunder top-order.
The Thunder remain in the hunt for the finals, but it is tough to see them challenging this outstanding Scorchers outfit.
Their batting line-up continues to be reliant on Shane Watson and if the Scorchers get him quickly this could be ugly.
I am actually surprised that the Scorchers aren’t even shorter-priced favourites and this is another game that they should win comfortably.
Back Perth Scorchers To Win @ $1.67
Friday 12 January, 7:40pm, Etihad Stadium
Melbourne Stars won by 23 runs
The betting market suggests that this could be one of the most one-sided battles between these two sides in the history of the Big Bash.
The Melbourne Stars are still chasing their first win of the tournament after they proved to be no match for the Adelaide Strikers earlier in the week.
Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are the only batsmen that have performed for the Stars and there is every chance that they will be without this pair in this clash.
Their bowling has not been much better and John Hastings continues to make some puzzling choices with his bowlers – James Faulker has been criminally underbowled throughout this tournament.
The Melbourne Renegades lost no admirers with their performance against the Perth Scorchers earlier in the big and if Brad Hogg takes the crucial catch when Ashton Turner was 17, they likely win that game in a canter.
Cameron White has arguably been the best batsmen in the Big Bash this season and there is no reason that he can’t continue this stellar form against his old club.
The Stars are a team in crisis and taking them on continues to be a profitable betting play.
Update: Cameron White has been called into the Australian ODI squad and will no longer take part in this clash, but we are still keen on the Renegades at the juicy odds of $1.85.
Back Melbourne Renegades To Win @ $1.85
Saturday 13 January, 4:10pm, Traeger Park
Perth Scorchers won by 6 wkts
This is set to be an outstanding game between two of the best teams in the tournament.
The Perth Scorchers may have gone down to the Sydney Thunder earlier this week, but their was still plenty to like about their batting performance.
Their bowling depth has been challenged at times this season and they have given up big scores in their past two games, but they can bounce back against an Adelaide Strikers batting line-up that will be missing Travis Head.
Rashid Khan has been the star of the Big Bash season to date and he will once again be the key man for the Strikers.
Australian batsman simply can’t play him and limiting the damage that he causes will be huge for the Scorchers.
There isn’t as much between these teams as the current betting market indicates and the Scorchers represent juicy value at their current price of $2.25.
Back Perth Scorchers To Win @ $2.25
Saturday 13 January, 7:25pm, SCG
Sydney Sixers won by 8 wkts
The fortunes of the two Sydney franchises in the Big Bash have been turned on their heads this season.
It is normally the Sydney Thunder that struggle and the Sydney Sixers that are in title contention, but the reverse is the case this season.
Sydney produced their best performance of the season to beat the Perth Scorchers earlier in the week and they were led to a big score by Usman Khawaja.
Khawaja is a confidence player and there is no doubt that he is in outstanding form following his big century in the final Ashes Test at the SCG.
The Sixers have struggled badly with both the bat and ball this season, but they will be buoyed somewhat by the return of Jackson Bird and Nathan Lyon.
Their batting still lacks a great deal of depth and it really is tough to see where their runs are going to come from.
The Thunder should be clear favourites and their current price is just about right, but there is still value in Khawaja to continue his excellent form.
Back Usman Khawaja To Top Score For The Sydney Thunder @ $3.50
Monday 15 January, 7:40pm, Blundstone Arena
Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts
There is no love lost between these two teams after their controversial clash weekend.
The decision of the third umpire to give Alex Ross out for obstructing the field may have cost the Brisbane Heat the game and Heat captain Brendon McCullum was very upset that George Bailey and the Hobart Hurricanes had changed their appeal.
It was D’Arcy Short that proved to be the difference maker during the first clash between these two sides and the Hurricanes have really relied on him this season – especially as Bailey struggles with the bat.
If the Heat are able to dismiss Short cheaply, they will be the clear favourites to come away with the victory and we have seen time and time again what their batting line-up is capable of.
There really isn’t a great deal between these two teams, but the $2 for the Heat to get the job done still does represent value.
Back Brisbane Heat To Win @ $2
Tuesday 16 January, 7:40pm, MCG
Sydney Sixers won by 8 wkts
The Sydney Sixers may have recorded their first win of the tournament, but they will still go into this clash with the winless Melbourne Stars as underdogs.
Both of these teams have been impossible to trust during the Big Bash to date, but the returns of Moises Henriques and Nathan Lyon as well as a well-balanced innings from Daniel Hughes saw them finally get on the board.
The Melbourne Stars also come into this clash off their first win of the tournament and the likes of Kevin Pietersen finally showed some signs of life.
There is no doubt that this Stars outfit is better than their form during the Big Bash season has suggested, but it is tough to ignore just how putrid they have been.
Melbourne have lost their past four games as favourites and it is simply impossible to get them as short as their current price.
Taking on Melbourne continues to be highly profitable and the Sixers are capable of claiming an upset win.
Back Sydney Sixers To Win @ $2.10
Wednesday 17 January, 7:40pm, Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Strikers won by 11 runs
This is a big game in both the battle for the minor premiership and the battle for a top four finish.
The Hobart Hurricanes made it five wins on the trot with back-to-back wins over the Brisbane Heat and they are now in the box-seat to finish in the top four.
D’Arcy Short has obviously been a revelation with the bat and has the player of the tournament award wrapped up and he has been ably supported by Jofra Archer with the ball.
The one issue for the Hurricanes is that they do lack depth with both bat and ball and they will be tested against the high-flying Adelaide Strikers.
Adelaide have not played a game in over a week and it could be easy to forget just how good they have been this season.
Peter Siddle and Rashid Khan have led a bowling attack that is now the best in the competition and this sets them up extremely well as they don’t have the most explosive batting line-up.
I am still of the belief that the Hurricanes can be exposed by a team with a strong bowling line-up and the Strikers have exactly that.
The Strikers are more than capable of ending the winning streak of the Hurricanes and they are good value to do just that.
Thursday 18 January, 7:40pm, SCG
Sydney Sixers won by 9 wkts
The Brisbane Heat have lost two games in a row and they face a tough challenge against a resurgent Sydney Sixers.
Brisbane will likely need to win their last two games to qualify for the Big Bash Finals and if they can’t beat Sydney they don’t deserve to do that.
They weren’t disgraced in either of their defeats against the Hobart Hurricanes and even without Chris Lynn in the side they are capable of putting up a big score.
The issue could be the presence of Nathan Lyon in this Sixers outfit – Lyon is bowling extremely well and the Heat struggle badly against quality spin-bowling.
Lyon and Moisies Henriques have both been big returns for the Sixers and they are every chance to finish the season with a wet sail.
It is still tough to get them as short as their current price – their batting line-up is very poor and they need Nic Maddinson to fire to be any real chance.
The value in this clash lies in the Total Wickets market and it wouldn’t surprise to see Lyon tear through this Heat side.
Back Nathan Lyon To Take The Most Wickets For The Sixers @ $4
Saturday 20 January, 6:10pm, MCG
Sydney Thunder won by 7 wkts
The Sydney Thunder remain a very outside chance of making the Big Bash Finals, but they need to win their past two games in dominant fashion.
Sydney may have only won three games during the tournament to date, but they are not as bad a side as their current record suggests.
Usman Khawaja has given their batting line-up much more depth and it really would not surprise to see them put up a very big score against a Melbourne Stars bowling attack that has struggled this season.
Melbourne produced another uninspiring performance against the Sydney Sixers earlier in the week and there is no doubt that this is a side that has given up on this season.
Both their batting and bowling has struggled throughout this season and it is impossible to back them with any real confidence.
Back Sydney Thunder To Win @ $1.80
Saturday 20 January, 9:20pm, The WACA
Perth Scorchers won by 5 wkts
This is a huge game for both the Perth Scorchers and the Hobart Hurricanes.
Perth will keep themselves in the mix for a top four finish with a win, while Hobart can secure a top four finish and potentially leapfrog Perth into second.
The Scorchers have flown under the radar in recent weeks and it is fair to say that their bowling has not been as strong as it has been in recent seasons, but they still find ways to win.
Perth have won their past five games in front of their home fans and they have won their past five games against the Hurricanes.
Hobart had their winning streak ended by the Adelaide Strikers and it has become very clear that they are highly reliant on D’Arcy Short and Jofra Archer.
In saying that, the Hurricanes have won their past two games as away underdogs and backing them this season has been a profitable betting play.
The issue for the Hurricanes is that they struggle at the WACA and they have been somewhat exposed by some of the better bowling attacks in the competition.
Back Perth Scorchers To Win @ $1.73
Monday 22 January, 7:40pm, Etihad Stadium
Adelaide Strikers won by 26 runs
The Adelaide Strikers continue to be the benchmark in the Big Bash this season and they should prove too strong for the Melbourne Renegades.
Melbourne made a strong start to the tournament, but they have struggled since they lost the likes of Cameron White and Aaron Finch to international selection.
That puts plenty of pressure on their bowling attack and it simply isn’t up there with the best in the competition.
The Strikers bowling has been nothing short of outstanding throughout this entire tournament and they can lead their side to another comfortable win.
Back Adelaide Strikers To Win @ $1.80
Tuesday 23 January, 7:40pm, SCG
Sydney Sixers won by 5 wkts
It has been a disappointing season for both these sides, but the Sydney Sixers have been able to finish the season with a wet sail.
Getting back the likes of Nathan Lyon, Moises Henriques and Jackson Bird has been huge for the Sixers and they produced an outstanding bowling performance to roll the Brisbane Heat for 71.
The Melbourne Stars have struggled for consistency throughout the tournament and a number of their big names have failed to fire with both the bat and the ball.
Taking on the Stars has proven to be a profitable play in the Big Bash all season long and there is no reason to change that in this clash.
Back Sydney Sixers To Win @ $1.80
Wednesday 24 January, 7:40pm, Manuka Oval
Melbourne Renegades won by 9 runs
The Melbourne Renegades are on the quick back-up following their loss at the hands of the Adelaide Strikers earlier in the week and they desperately need to win this clash to stay in the box-seat for a finals berth.
The start of the ODI Series between Australia and England has really tested the depth of the Renegades and they haven’t really responded.
Their batting has been poor in their past few games and their bowling generally isn’t strong enough to win games on their own.
The Sydney Thunder have won two of their past three games in impressive fashion and Usman Khawaja has been in simply outstanding form.
Khawaja and Shane Watson can take advantage of a Renegades bowling attack that has struggled at times during this tournament and there is no way that the Thunder should be such clear outsiders in this clash.
Back Sydney Thunder To Win @ $2.10
Thursday 25 January, 7:40pm, The WACA
Perth Scorchers won by 4 wkts
This is a top of the table clash that could well decide which side hosts the Big Bash Grand Final.
There is no doubt that the Perth Scorchers and the Adelaide Strikers have been the standouts throughout this entire tournament and this will be a battle between the two best bowling attacks in the competiton.
The advantage that the Scorchers have is the fact that this game is being played at WACA and it has now been over a year since they lost a game at the venue.
Adelaide have been outstanding with both the bat and ball in their two recent wins over the Melbourne Renegades and the Hobart Hurricanes and they have shown this season that winning away from home is not an issue.
It is obviously very tough to split these two teams – the market hasn’t done it – but you simply can’t back against Perth in Perth.
Back Perth Scorchers To Win @ $1.91
Saturday 27 January, 4:10pm, MCG
Melbourne Stars won by 3 wkts
This is a huge game for the Hobart Hurricanes as a win will secure them a top four finish.
D’arcy Short has obviously been the key-man for the Hurricanes this season and this will be the last time that he wears the purple before he joins the Australian Twenty20 squad.
Short has shown throughout this tournament that he is capable of winning games single-handily and he could go large again against a Melbourne Stars bowling line-up that has given up plenty of runs this summer.
Melbourne have lost their past six games at the MCG and betting them in the Big Bash has been a winning betting play all season long.
There is no real edge in the $1.57 on offer for a Hurricanes win, but $3.25 for D’arcy Short to be the leading runscorer for the Hurricanes does appeal.
Back D’arcy Short To Be The Hobart Hurricanes Top Runscorer @ $3.25
Saturday 27 January, 7:25pm, The Gabba
Chris Lynn is back for the Brisbane Heat and that is the main reason why they will go into this clash with the Melbourne Renegades as clear favourites.
The Heat batting has struggled badly for the most part without Lynn in the side and his absence showed not only how valuable he is to the Heat, but also how valuable one single player can be in this format of the game.
There is no doubt that Lynn gives the Heat a much better chance of coming away with victory, but whether the Heat should be as should as their current price is still a genuine question mark.
I have been of the opinion all summer long that the Renegades were not as good a side as their early results suggested and that has come to fruition somewhat in recent weeks.
The loss of Cameron White and Aaron Finch really highlighted their lack of batting depth and their bowling simply isn’t good enough to overcome that.
I think that this is a game that the market has got just about right, but there is still value in the price of Lynn to top-score for the Heat.
Fitness is obviously an issue, but he fired in a practice game earlier in the week and no batsmen in the history of the Big Bash has been as consistent.
Back Chris Lynn To Top Score For The Brisbane Heat @ $3.50
The 2016/2017 Big Bash Schedule has been released and we are set for a massive month of Twenty20 Cricket.
The Big Bash just keeps getting bigger and better every season and there is no doubt that growth will continue as we head into 2017.
There may be no better betting event over the Christmas and New Year period, so we will be previewing every single game and you can find our recommended bets for each fixture below!
Tuesday 20 December, 7:40pm, Spotless Stadium
Sydney Thunder 159 - Sydney Sixers 160
The Sydney Thunder have notoriously under-performed in the history of the Big Bash, but they were able to complete an incredible comeback to win the tournament last year.
Defending their title will be easier said than done, but they will still go into this clash as clear favourites.
There is little doubt that the Thunder have the stronger batting line-up, but they will go into this clash without a number of key players and last season they did not have a particularly strong record as favourites.
Batting depth was the problem for the Sydney Sixers last season and that looks likely to be the case once again.
They won just one of their five games as underdogs last season for a clear loss and they are another team that will have their depth tested.
I am generally looking to oppose favourites in Twenty20 cricket, but the Thunder have a clear edge over their rivals and should be able to get the job done.
Back Sydney Thunder To Win @ $1.67
Wednesday 21 December, 7:40pm, Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Strikers 196 - Brisbane Heat 206
The Adelaide Strikers have arguably the strongest batting line-up on paper and they will go into this clash with the Brisbane Heat as clear favourites.
No teams has more batting depth than the Strikers and they should be able to put a massive score on the board against a Heat bowling attack that really lacks firepower.
Adelaide were tough to beat at the Adelaide Oval last season and they won both of their games as home favourites.
Brisbane also have an explosive top-order, but it is there bowling that let them down last season and they have not really strengthened that area.
They were able to win two of their four games last season for a profit, but they have lost their past two games against the Strikers.
Adelaide are my pick to win the tournament and I expect them to make a winning start.
Back Adelaide To Win @ $1.70
Thursday 22 December, 7:40pm, Etihad Stadium
Melbourne Renegades 179 - Sydney Thunder 131
There is little rest for the Sydney Thunder and they will be in action for the second time in three days against the Melbourne Renegades.
The market has been unable to split these two teams, but I have to give the edge to Sydney – even at Etihad Stadium.
The Renegades were a fairly middling outfit and they will go into this tournament without their most dangerous batsmen from last season Chris Gayle.
Sydney have a much stronger batting line-up and winning away from home was not a problem for them last season, while the Renegades failed to win a game in front of their home fans.
The Thunder should be favourites and they are a great bet at their current price.
Back Sydney To Win @ $1.90
Friday 23 December, 6:10pm, SCG
Sydney Sixers 140 - Hobart Hurricanes 200
The Hobart Hurricanes were the big disappointments of the Big Bash last season and they will go into this clash with the Sydney Sixers as underdogs.
Hobart have a list that is packed full of talent that never really fired last season, but it wouldn’t surprise if they were big improvers this campaign.
I have already expressed my doubts about the quality of the Sydney Sixers batting line-up and they failed to win a game at home last season.
Hobart did not have a great record as away underdogs, but I still believe that this side has far more upside than their rivals and can get the job done.
Back Hobart Hurricanes To Win @ $1.95
Friday 23 December, 9:15pm, Hunter Stadium
Perth Scorchers 197 - Adelaide Strikers 149
The Perth Scorchers will finally get their Big Bash campaign underway and will start this clash as clear favourites.
Perth have been the most consistent team throughout the history of the Big Bash and they have another strong squad this season.
They face an Adelaide Strikers side that narrowly lost to the Brisbane Heat in their first game of the tournament and they showed in that clash just how explosive their batting line-up can be.
Their bowling obviously still needs a fair bit of work, but their batting really is outstanding and they are well over the odds at their current price.
Back Adelaide To Win @ $2.15
Monday 26 December, 7:10pm, Blundstone Arena
Hobart Hurricanes 188 - Melbourne Stars 191
The Melbourne Stars have a batting line-up that is capable of taking the game away from their rivals very quickly and have far more explosiveness than this Hobart Hurricanes side.
Back Melbourne To Win @ $1.69
Tuesday 27 December, 7:10pm, Allianz Stadium
Sydney Sixers 132 - Perth Scorchers 130
The Sydney Sixers do not have a great record in front of their home fans, while the Perth Scorchers have won three of their past five games away from home.
Back Perth To Win @ $1.71
Wednesday 28 December, 7:10pm, Spotless Stadium
Sydney Thunder 157 - Brisbane Heat 160
The Sydney Thunder have made a very poor start to their Big Bash title defence, but they are a much better team than their current form suggests.
The Brisbane Heat have an outstanding batting line-up, but their bowling continues to be a problem and they are always giving away big scores.
Sydney are over the odds at their current price and can return to winning form.
Back Sydney To Win @ $2.15
Thursday 29 December, 7:10pm, Etihad Stadium
Melbourne Renegades 148 - Perth Scorchers 152
There is very little between these two teams and the market cannot separate them at this stage.
The Melbourne Renegades have won just one of their past three games in front of their home fans, while the Perth Scorchers have not had any trouble winning away from home.
Back Perth To Win @ $1.90
Friday 30 December, 7:10pm, Hunter Stadium
Brisbane Heat 174 - Hobart Hurricanes 173
The Brisbane Heat have made a very strong start to the Big Bash season, but their victory over the Sydney Thunder showed some vulnerabilities in their game.
They remain far too reliant on Chris Lynn and if fails they generally seem to struggle, while the Hobart Hurricanes are inconsistent, but are capable of a strong performance on their day.
Back Hobart To Win @ $2.20
Saturday 31 December, 7:10pm, Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Strikers 154 - Sydney Sixers 104
The Adelaide Strikers are a better team than their recent form in the Big Bash suggests and they should be able to return to winning form in front of their home fans at the Adelaide Oval.
Back Adelaide To Win @ $1.87
Sunday 1 January, 6:10pm, MCG
Melbourne Stars 151 - Melbourne Renegades 171
The Melbourne Derby is one of the biggest games on the Big Bash calendar and this is another game between two very-even sides.
The Renegades bowling has impressed during the Big Bash to date and they are genuine value at their current price.
Back Melbourne Renegades To Win @ $2.20
Sunday 1 January, 9:15pm, WACA
Perth Scorchers 177 - Sydney Thunder 127
Perth are always very tough to beat in front of their home fans and this is a rare occasion in the Big Bash where I am willing to back a team that are clear favourites.
Back Perth To Win @ $1.78
Monday 2 January, 7:10pm, Blundstone Arena
Hobart Hurricanes 144 - Adelaide Strikers 143
The market can’t separate these two teams and this should be another very close affair.
Both these teams have under performed this season and I am happy to stay out from a betting perspective.
Tuesday 3 January, 7:10pm, The Gabba
Brisbane Heat 186 - Sydney Sixers 191
The Brisbane Heat are not as good a team as their form in the Big Bash this season suggests and they still have some real weaknesses in their bowling game.
I am more than happy to take them on as favourites.
Back Sydney To Win @ $2.08
Wednesday 4 January, 7:10pm, Spotless Stadium
Sydney Thunder 168 - Melbourne Stars 166
The Big Bash competition really is very even and there is nowhere near as much between these two teams as the current price suggests.
Sydney have struggled in front of their home fans so far this season and the Melbourne Stars have had no problems winning away from home, but it is still extremely difficult to get them as short as their current price.
Back Sydney Thunder To Win @ $2.60
Thursday 5 January, 7:10pm, WACA
Perth Scorchers 173 - Brisbane Heat 174
The Perth Scorchers will go into this clash as clear favourites and they have won two of their past three games in this scenario, but the Brisbane Heat have won their past four games away from home.
Brisbane’s explosive batting line-up means that they are capable of competing with any team on their day, but they will be missing both Chris Lynn and key bowler Samuel Badree.
Back Perth To Win @ $1.60
Friday 6 January, 7:10pm, Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Strikers 164 - Hobart Hurricanes 161
This will be the second meeting between these two teams in just over a week.
The fact that the game is being played at the Adelaide Oval give the Strikers a narrow edge and they have won two of their past three games at home, while Hobart generally struggle away from home.
Back Adelaide To Win @ $1.80
Saturday 7 January, 7:10pm, Etihad Stadium
Melbourne Renegades 154 - Melbourne Stars 200
The first Melbourne Derby was a rollercoaster affair and I don’t expect this game to be any different.
The Melbourne Stars are always one of the most overrated sides in the Big Bash from a betting perspective and the $2 for the Renegades to get the job done once again is over the odds.
Back Melbourne Renegades To Win @ $2
Sunday 8 January, 7:10pm, Blundstone Arena
Hobart Hurricanes 161 - Sydney Thunder 162
The Sydney Thunder showed just what they are capable of with their thrilling victory over the Melbourne Stars and it would not surprise if that was the start of a run to the finals for the defending champions.
Hobart were very poor against the Adelaide Strikers on Friday night and they are a team that is struggling with both the bat and the ball.
Back Sydney Thunder To Win @ $2.10
Monday 9 January, 7:40pm, SCG
Sydney Sixers 171 - Melbourne Renegades 170
This is a crucial game for both sides and the market has found it impossible to separate the pair.
The Sydney Sixers have not played since they beat the Brisbane Heat almost a week ago and they are a team that continues to struggle for consistency.
Their batting line-up is down there with the worst in the competition and they struggled to chase down 186 runs against a weak Brisbane Heat bowling line-up.
The Melbourne Renegades have also struggled for consistency, but it is fair to say that their bowling line-up should give the Sixers plenty of problems.
Winning away from home has not been an issue for the Renegades and they are a good bet to return to winning form this afternoon.
Back Melbourne Renegades To Win @ $1.92
Tuesday 10 January, 7:40pm, MCG
Melbourne Stars 153 - Adelaide Strikers 152
The Melbourne Stars returned to winning form against the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday and they will go into this clash with the Adelaide Strikers as clear favourites.
Melbourne have struggled at the MCG this season and they have won just one of their past four games at the venue, while they are 0-2 as home favourites.
Adelaide showed against the Hobart Hurricanes just what they are capable of and their batting line-up is right up there with one of the most explosive in the competition.
The Strikers generally produce their best form at the Adelaide Oval, but they are capable of winning away from home and are genuine value at their current quote.
Back Adelaide Strikers To Win @ $2.10
Wednesday 11 January, 7:40pm, The Gabba
Brusvane Heat 129 - Perth Scorchers 156
The Brisbane Heat recorded a dominant victory over the Perth Scorchers last week, but they go into this clash without the services of Chris Lynn.
Lynn has been the key man for the Heat for a number of seasons and his call-up to the Australian side puts plenty of pressure on the likes of Brendan McCullum to score runs.
Perth have one of the best bowling attacks in the Big Bash and a couple of early wickets would put them in the box-seat to take out this contest.
Their record away from home has been a touch suspect, but it is rare that they lose back-to-back games and they are a better all-around team than their rivals.
They should be able to gain their revenge and it would not be a surprise if they started as favourites.
Back Perth Scorchers To Win @ $1.92
Thursday 12 January, 7:40pm, Etihad Stadium
Melbourne Renegades 222 - Hobart Hurricanes 223
The Melbourne Renegades have won the past three games played between these two teams and will go into this clash as clear favourites.
Melbourne have now lost two games on the trot following their lacklustre effort against the Sydney Sixers on Monday night and they continue to struggle with the bat, despite having a fairly explosive batting line-up.
This is basically a must-win clash for the Hobart Hurricanes and they look set to suffer another quick exit from the tournament.
Scoring runs continues to be a problem, but they have been helped out by the fact that George Bailey has been dropped from the Australian side and will be in action in this clash.
Both these teams are tough to trust from a betting standpoint and I am happy to let this clash go through top the keeper.
Saturday 14 January, 6:10pm, SCG
Sydney Thunder 100 - Sydney Sixers 99
The Sydney Sixers won the Sydney Derby between these two teams earlier this season and they will go into this clash as clear favourites.
The Sixers have won their past two games, but their performance with the bat in both these games has been very underwhelming.
Daniel Hughes and Brad Haddin have now saved them on two occasions and I don’t believe that the Sixers are anywhere near as good as their current record indicates.
The Thunder have now finally started to find some form after their slow start to the season and they were fairly impressive against the Hurricanes.
The loss of Pat Cummings to Australian duty is definitely a setback as is the fact that Usman Khawaja won’t be in action, but if Shane Watson continues to find form they will be very tough to beat.
I am keen to continue to oppose the Sixers and the Thunder are a touch of value at their current quote.
Back Sydney Thunder To Win @ $2.15
Saturday 14 January, 9:15pm, WACA
Perth Scorchers 134 - Melbourne Stars 137
This is a crucial game for both sides as we are now only a week away from the conclusion of the Big Bash regular season.
Both these sides have been a touch inconsistent during their Big Bash campaigns, but Perth did return to their best form with an excellent performance against the Brisbane Heat during the week.
The Melbourne Stars have lost a fair amount of their depth to international duty – James Faulkner is a particularly big out – and they are a team that simply lack composure at key moments.
Perth have generally had the upper hand over the Stars throughout the history of the Big Bash and they should be able to continue their dominance over their rivals.
Back Perth Scorchers To Win @ $1.80
Monday 16 January, 6:50pm, Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Strikers 165 - Melbourne Renegades 171
The Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades currently sit on the bottom of the Big Bash ladder and this is a must-win for both sides.
There really is not a great deal between these two teams and I am surprised it is the Melbourne Renegades that are the favourites.
Adelaide generally produce their best cricket in front of their home fans at the Adelaide Oval and I still believe that they have a better team than their position on the ladder suggests.
Melbourne somehow managed to lose what looked to be an unloseable game against the Hobart Hurricanes last week and there clearly are some flaws in their spin-dominated bowling attack – they have conceded over 200 runs in two of their past three games.
Adelaide should be able to keep their Big Bash campaign alive and they are solid value at their current price.
Back Adelaide Strikers To Win @ $2.05
Tuesday 17 January, 7:40pm, MCG
Melbourne Stars 138 - Brisbane Heat 139
The Melbourne Stars have stamped their authority with wins over the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades and they will go into this clash as dominant favourites.
I have said many times in the past that I can rarely get any team in the Big Bash as short as the current price on offer for the Stars and they are a team that have been beaten as the punter’s elect on a number of occasions.
The Brisbane Heat were extremely poor without Chris Lynn in the team last weekend against the Perth Scorchers, but there was a fair bit to like about their bowling effort.
There is no doubt that they will need to bowl at their very best to have any chance against the Stars, but I am willing to take the gamble with the big price currently on offer.
Back Brisbane Heat To Win @ $2.40
Wednesday 18 January, 7:40pm, Spotless Stadium
Sydney Thunder 101 - Adelaide Strikers 178
The Adelaide Strikers are out of contention in the Big Bash, but this is a vital game for the Sydney Thunder.
Sydney made a truly horrendous start to their Big Bash title defence, but they have played some excellent cricket in the past couple of weeks and a win this evening would give them the chance of qualifying for the Big Bash Finals.
The Thunder’s bowling has been truly excellent in recent weeks and it is fairly easy to see them cutting right through an Adelaide Strikers side that has struggled badly with the bat this summer.
This has been a season to forget for the Strikers and they look set to finish the regular season on the bottom of the Big Bash ladder.
Their batting has been particularly poor and their only batsmen to come out of this clash with his reputation enhanced has been Ben Dunk.
There is no real value in the head-to-head betting market for this clash, but the $3.50 available for Dunk to be the leading run-scorer for the Strikers is well over the odds.
Back Ben Dunk To Top-Score For The Strikers @ $3.50
Friday 20 January, 4:00pm, The Gabba
Brisbane Heat 198 - Melbourne Renegades 199
The market can’t separate these sides ahead of their crucial clash at the Gabba on Friday.
Brisbane moved to the top of the Big Bash table with an upset victory over the Melbourne Stars earlier this week and the most impressive aspect was the fact that they did so without both Brendan McCullum and Chris Lynn.
They get McCullum back for this clash, but they face a tricky challenge against a Melbourne Renegades bowling outfit that is packed full of spinners.
Melbourne did enough to beat Adelaide on Monday night and keep their Big Bash campaign alive, but they still need to win this game to have any chance whatsoever of qualifying for the knockout stage of the tournament.
The Renegades have been extremely inconsistent throughout the tournament and a tough team to get a read on, but they do have far more motivation than the Heat to win this clash and because of that I have to give them the narrow edge.
Back Melbourne Renegades To Win @ $1.91
Saturday 21 January, 4:20pm, Blundstone Arena
Hobart Hurricanes 134 - Perth Scorchers 135
A victory in this clash will secure a top four finish for the Perth Scorchers, while Hobart Hurricanes need to win this game and hope for results to go their own way.
It took an incredible run chase for the Hobart Hurricanes to keep alive their Big Bash chances and they are a team that have really struggled for consistency during the tournament this season.
Their batting can be very flakey and they are up against a Perth Scorchers bowling attack that is arguably the best in the entire competition.
Perth were very disappointing against the Melbourne Stars last weekend and although I think they are deserving favourites for this clash, it is tough to get them as short as their current quote.
Shaun Marsh is woefully out of form and they now rely far too much on veteran opener Michael Klinger – if he doesn’t get any runs they are in plenty of trouble.
One player I expect to bowl well against the Hurricanes is Mitchell Johnson and the $2.38 available for him to take two wickets or more is the best value bet in this clash.
Back Mitchell Johnson To Take Two Wickets Or More @ $2.38
Saturday 21 January, 7:25pm, MCG
Melbourne Stars 156 - Sydney Sixers 157
This will likely end up being a must-win clash for both sides.
The Melbourne Stars were beaten as short-priced favourites once again against the Brisbane Heat earlier this week and they have shown time and time again that they are very tough to trust from a betting standpoint.
Their batting has really struggled during the Big Bash and they are really missing the depth that is provided to them by the likes of James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell.
In saying that, they still have a much stronger roster than that of the Sydney Sixers.
The Sixers batting was finally exposed against the Sydney Thunder last Saturday and I have been saying all season long that the form of Daniel Hughes has exposed what is a very weak batting line-up.
Melbourne have enough bowlers to really trouble the Sixers top order and it is very easy to see them losing plenty of early wickets again.
I am normally keen to oppose the Melbourne Stars, but they do represent genuine value at their current price.
Back Melbourne Stars To Win @ $1.83