Mon, Jan 1, 10:19am by Staff Writer
The Big Bash League is in full swing, with most teams playing two or three matches and the final table starting to take shape.
With each team playing only ten matches per season, the trio of winless teams, the Sydney Sixers, Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes are in desperation mode and needing a win to salvage their seasons.
At the opposite end of the table, the Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers remain undefeated with three and two wins respectively.
The Perth Scorchers have been underdogs in all three of their matches this season against the Sixers, Stars and Melbourne Renegades.
The bowling and fielding performances from the Scorchers is what has won them their matches and they have moved into favouritism to win BBL07 at $4 at Sportsbet.
Pre-season favourites the Melbourne Renegades are now second favourites to take out the BBL07 title at $4.50 at Sportsbet.
After a dominating first two wins against the Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat, the Renegades fell well short against the Perth Scorchers.
Renegades captain Aaron Finch has yet to fire for the Renegades, with the bulk of the runs coming from Cameron White and Marcus Harris.
Without any superstar Australian or international players, the Adelaide Strikers have relied on a spread of contributors for their two wins so far.
Victories against the Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers have set up the Strikers for a push into the finals of BBL07.
The Strikers are rated a $5.50 chance to win BBL07, which appears a little short considering the quality in the Scorchers and Renegades squads.
The Brisbane Heat were without Chris Lynn for their first two matches, splitting them 1-1.
The Brisbane Heat possess one of the most imposing batting lineups next to the Melbourne Renegades, but their bowling stocks appear to be quite poor.
At $5, the Heat are third favourites to win #BBL07, with that price mainly due to their strong batting.
When the Heat faced the Renegades earlier this season, they were soundly beaten and the Perth Scorchers would also offer stiff competition for the Heat.
Whilst a semi-finals berth looks probable, a title would be a surprise for the Brisbane Heat this season.
The Melbourne Stars have been perennial under achievers in the Big Bash League. Whilst always seeming to make the semi-finals, the Stars have lacked the quality to close out a title for some time now.
Towards the end of the season, a few of their star players leave for Australian duty, which leaves the squad thin, particularly in the batting stocks.
An 0-2 start has been less than ideal for the Stars and they will need to string together consecutive wins in their next two home matches to salvage their season.
At $7.50, the Stars do represent value to win BBL07, but the loss of players such as Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis to Australian duty makes them a risky proposition.
The Sydney Thunder started BBL07 with a one run win against the Sydney Sixers and have defeated the Hobart Hurricanes soundly last weekend, but look to be well short of the top competition this season.
While the Thunder have enjoyed a few wins this season, they have come against teams with a combined 0-5 record.
At $13 the Thunder are big outsiders to take home the BBL07 crown and it would be a huge shock if they even made the semi-finals.
The Hobart Hurricanes ($21) and Sydney Sixers ($23) are winless and looking quite poor both with bat and ball.
The Hurricanes have lost both of their home games, while the Sixers have lost all three matches they have played which have been in Sydney.
A drastic turnaround will be needed by both sides to salvage their season, with the Hurricanes looking like the worst team in BBL07.
Big Bash League outright odds
Perth Scorchers $4
Melbourne Renegades $4.50
Brisbane Heat $5
Adelaide Strikers $5.50
Melbourne Stars $7.50
Sydney Thunder $13
Hobart Hurricanes $21
Sydney Sixers $23
*Odds from Sportsbet
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