Thu, Dec 14, 11:42am by Staff Writer
Sydney Thunder versus Sydney Sixers
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 at 7.45pm AEDST
The Thunder and Sixers kick off the 2017-18 Big Bash League season on Tuesday night.
The Sixers enjoyed a good 2016-17 campaign, making the final before losing easily to the Perth Scorchers.
The Thunder’s 2016-17 campaign got off to a good start before they once again disappointed their supporters, finishing at the bottom of the eight-team table with only three wins.
The Sixers have made little change to their squad, only bringing in Peter Nevill from the Renegades. They have lost the services of Brad Haddin and Michael Lumb who have retired, as well as Josh Hazlewood and Joe Mennie.
As most of the early BBL matches are, the odds are a coin-flip. We are willing to side with the more experienced and better performing Sydney Sixers.
Best bet- Sydney Sixers to win at $1.78
Brisbane Heat versus Melbourne Stars
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 at 8pm AEDST
The Brisbane Heat get their campaign under way with a tough match against the Melbourne Stars.
The Heat were impressive last season finishing with five wins. They were unlucky to lose to the Sixers in the semi-finals in a super over, denying the Heat the chance for their maiden final.
The Stars were well beaten by the Scorchers in Perth to end their 2016-17 campaign.
Chris Lynn and Brendan McCullum will continue to spearhead the Heat attack, with Kevin Pietersen sure to continue to bring crowds through the gates with his outstanding play.
We are leaning towards the Heat at home to open their account with a big win against the often disappointing Stars.
Best bet- Brisbane Heat to win at $1.95
Hobart Hurricanes versus Melbourne Renegades
Thursday, 21 December 2017 at 8pm AEDST
The Hobart Hurricanes have lost Kumar Sangakarra and Shaun Tait during the off-season, but have gained the services of Matthew Wade and Englishman Tymal Mills.
A young player to watch for the Hurricanes will be Ben McDermott who announced himself last season with a century against the Renegades.
When these two teams last met, the Hurricanes staged the biggest run chase in BBL history, chasing down 222 runs.
The Renegades will continue to be captained by Aaron Finch and have added Brad Hodge, Jon Holland and Jack Wildermuth to their squad, along with Kane Richardson.
The Renegades will be desperate for season 2017-18 to be one in which they can make the finals and a win here will be crucial.
We think the value is again with the underdog in this fixture and runs will be in abundance in Hobart.
Best bet- Hobart Hurricanes to win at $2.05
Adelaide Strikers versus Sydney Thunder
Friday, 22 December 2017 at 8pm AEDST
The Thunder will play their second match in four days when they visit Adelaide to take on the Strikers.
The Strikers have had a considerable amount of squad change over the past 12 months, losing Kieron Pollard, Ben Dunk, Jon Holland and Brad Hodge among others.
They have welcomed South African Colin Ingram and Afghani Rashid Khan as well as former Renegade Peter Siddle.
The Thunder will welcome to opportunity to take on the Strikers, who possess less firepower than the Sydney Sixers and should get their first win on Friday night.
Best bet- Sydney Thunder to win at $2
Sydney Sixers versus Perth Scorchers
Saturday, 23 December 2017 at 8pm AEDST
In a rematch of the 2016-17 final, the Perth Scorchers will take on the Sydney Sixers.
The Scorchers have only lost Englishman Ian Bell, while retaining the core of players which led them to their third BBL title last season.
The Scorchers have a tremendous home record in the BBL but are vulnerable on the road. If they can win two of their four road games this season then they should make the finals again given their advantage in Perth.
We see this as a very winnable game for the Scorchers, who have had the Sixers number recently.
Best bet- Perth Scorchers to win at $1.90
Big Bash League Round 1 odds
Sydney Thunder $2.05 Sydney Sixers $1.78
Brisbane Heat $1.95 Melbourne Stars $1.85
Hobart Hurricanes $2.05 Melbourne Renegades $1.78
Adelaide Strikers $1.81 Sydney Thunder $2
Sydney Sixers $1.90 Perth Scorchers $1.90
*Odds at Sportsbet
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