2018/2019 Big Bash Schedule, Tips & Preview

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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!

 

 


2017-18 Season

Sydney Thunder Vs Sydney Sixers

Tuesday 19 December, 7:45pm, Spotless Stadium

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

Brisbane Heat Vs Melbourne Stars

Wednesday 20 December, 7:40pm, The Gabba

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

Hobart Hurricanes Vs Melbourne Renegades

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

Adelaide Strikers Vs Sydney Thunder

Friday 22 December, 7:10pm, Adelaide Oval

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

Sydney Sixers Vs Perth Scorchers

Saturday 23 December, 4:10pm, SCG

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

Melbourne Renegades Vs Brisbane Heat

Saturday 23 December, 7:25pm, Etihad Stadium

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

Perth Scorchers Vs Melbourne Stars

Tuesday 26 December, 7:10pm, The WACA

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

Brisbane Heat Vs Sydney Thunder

Wednesday 27 December, 7:10pm, The Gabba

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.

No Bet

Sydney Sixers Vs Adelaide Strikers

Thursday 28 December, 7:10pm, SCG

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

Melbourne Renegades Vs Perth Scorchers

Friday 29 December, 7:10pm, Etihad Stadium

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

Hobart Hurricanes Vs Sydney Thunder

Saturday 30 December, 7:10pm, University Of Tasmania Stadium

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.

No Bet

Adelaide Strikers Vs Brisbane Heat

Sunday 31 December, 7:10pm, Adelaide Oval

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

Sydney Thunder Vs Hobart Hurricanes

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.

No Bet

Perth Scorchers Vs Sydney Sixers

Monday 1 January, 9:25pm, The WACA

No Bet

Melbourne Stars Vs Brisbane Heat

Tuesday 2 January, 7:10pm, MCG

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

Melbourne Renegades Vs Sydney Sixers

Wednesday 3 January, 7:10pm, GMHBA Stadium

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

Hobart Hurricanes Vs Adelaide Strikers

Thursday 4 January, 7:10pm, Blundstone Arena

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

Brisbane Heat Vs Perth Scorchers

Friday 5 January, 7:10pm, The Gabba

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

Melbourne Stars Vs Melbourne Renegades

Saturday 6 January, 7:10pm, Etihad Stadium

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

Sydney Thunder Vs Adelaide Strikers

Sunday 7 January, 7:10pm, Spotless Stadium

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

Hobart Hurricanes Vs Sydney Sixers

Monday 8 January, 7:10pm, Blundstone Arena

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.

No Bet

Perth Scorchers Vs Melbourne Renegades

Monday 8 January, 9:20pm, The WACA

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

Adelaide Strikers Vs Melbourne Stars

Tuesday 9 January, 7:40pm, Adelaide Oval

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

Brisbane Heat Vs Hobart Hurricanes

Wednesday 10 January, 7:40pm, The Gabba

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

Sydney Thunder Vs Perth Scorchers

Thursday 11 January, 7:40pm, Spotless Stadium

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

Melbourne Renegades Vs Melbourne Stars

Friday 12 January, 7:40pm, Etihad Stadium

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

Adelaide Strikers Vs Perth Scorchers

Saturday 13 January, 4:10pm, Traeger Park

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

Sydney Sixers Vs Sydney Thunder

Saturday 13 January, 7:25pm, SCG

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

Hobart Hurricanes Vs Brisbane Heat

Monday 15 January, 7:40pm, Blundstone Arena

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

Melbourne Stars Vs Sydney Sixers

Tuesday 16 January, 7:40pm, MCG

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

Adelaide Strikers Vs Hobart Hurricanes

Wednesday 17 January, 7:40pm, Adelaide Oval

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.

Sydney Sixers Vs Brisbane Heat

Thursday 18 January, 7:40pm, SCG

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

Melbourne Stars Vs Sydney Thunder

Saturday 20 January, 6:10pm, MCG

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

Perth Scorchers Vs Hobart Hurricanes

Saturday 20 January, 9:20pm, The WACA

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

Melbourne Renegades Vs Adelaide Strikers

Monday 22 January, 7:40pm, Etihad Stadium

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

Sydney Sixers Vs Melbourne Stars

Tuesday 23 January, 7:40pm, SCG

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

Sydney Thunder Vs Melbourne Renegades

Wednesday 24 January, 7:40pm, Manuka Oval

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

Perth Scorchers Vs Adelaide Strikers

Thursday 25 January, 7:40pm, The WACA

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

Melbourne Stars Vs Hobart Hurricanes

Saturday 27 January, 4:10pm, MCG

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

Brisbane Heat Vs Melbourne Renegades

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


2016/2017

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!

Sydney Thunder Vs Sydney Sixers

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

Adelaide Strikers Vs Brisbane Heat

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

Melbourne Renegades Vs Sydney Thunder

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

Sydney Sixers Vs Hobart Hurricanes

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

Perth Scorchers Vs Adelaide Strikers

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

Hobart Hurricanes Vs Melbourne Stars

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

Sydney Sixers Vs Perth Scorchers

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

Sydney Thunder Vs Brisbane Heat

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

Melbourne Renegades Vs Perth Scorchers

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

Brisbane Heat Vs Hobart Hurricanes

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

Adelaide Strikers Vs Sydney Sixers

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

Melbourne Stars Vs Melbourne Renegades

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

Perth Scorchers Vs Sydney Thunder

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

Hobart Hurricanes Vs Adelaide Strikers

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.

No Bet

Brisbane Heat Vs Sydney Sixers

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

Sydney Thunder Vs Melbourne Stars

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

Perth Scorchers Vs Brisbane Heat

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

Adelaide Strikers Vs Hobart Hurricanes

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

Melbourne Renegades Vs Melbourne Stars

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

Hobart Hurricanes Vs Sydney Thunder

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

Sydney Sixers Vs Melbourne Renegades

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

Melbourne Stars Vs Adelaide Strikers

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

Brisbane Heat Vs Perth Scorchers

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

Melbourne Renegades Vs Hobart Hurricanes

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.

No Bet

Sydney Sixers Vs Sydney Thunder

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

Perth Scorchers Vs Melbourne Stars

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

Adelaide Strikers Vs Melbourne Renegades

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

Melbourne Stars Vs Brisbane Heat

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

Sydney Thunder Vs Adelaide Strikers

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

Brisbane Heat Vs Melbourne Renegades

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

Hobart Hurricanes Vs Perth Scorchers

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

Melbourne Stars Vs Sydney Sixers

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