Mon, Jan 15, 4:21pm by Staff Writer
With only a few games remaining in regular season play, all teams are in with a chance of making the top four and playing finals.
The Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars registered their first wins of their seasons in their local derbies last weekend, but will need to win all of their remaining matches and hope for the teams above them to falter for a chance of playing finals.
The Sydney Thunder lost a crucial game to the Sixers at the death, leaving them a win adrift of the top four in 6th position.
The Perth Scorchers continue to play consistently and are a game clear of the second placed Adelaide Strikers.
Melbourne Stars versus Sydney Sixers
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 at 7.40pm AEDST
The Sixers got their season back on track with an eight-wicket win against the Sydney Thunder.
The Sixers (1-6) will need everything to go their way if they are to make the finals, but welcomed back Australian spinner Nathan Lyon and West Indies international Carlos Braithwaite to their side on Saturday night.
Both made an immediate impact and the Sixers looked controlled with both bat and ball.
The Melbourne Stars (1-5) remain at the foot of the Big Bash table, but a win against rivals the Renegades could be what kickstarts their season.
74 runs by Kevin Pietersen was the difference in that match, with the Stars never troubled during their run chance.
In a clash between two teams that a week ago did not have a win between them, we are siding with the Sixers as underdogs. At $2.20, they represent clear value, especially with their recent squad changes.
Best bet- Sydney Sixers to win at $2.20
Adelaide Strikers versus Hobart Hurricanes
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 at 7.40pm AEDST
The Hurricanes are the hottest team in the Big Bash, winners of four consecutive matches.
The last meeting between these two teams was a high scoring affair, the Hurricanes won by seven runs, after scoring 183 runs.
Wins against the Thunder, Sixers and Heat has placed the Hurricanes in 5th position on the table, but with disruption to the Scorchers, Renegades and Heat teams due to Australian selection, they are poised for a top four finish.
The Strikers lost against the Perth Scorchers in Alice Springs on Saturday afternoon, with two days of relentless rain making pitch curation difficult.
As a result, the Strikers batting was poor, setting a total of 112 runs, which was chased down by the Scorchers with ease.
Adelaide have been consistent all season and that Alice Springs pitch was an anomaly and a challenge, particularly for a batting team on an unknown pitch.
We are confident they will be able to turn their form around at home and cement their position in the top four.
Best bet- Adelaide Strikers to win at $1.77
Sydney Sixers versus Brisbane Heat
Thursday, 18 January 2018 at 7.40pm AEDST
The Sixers and Heat meet for the first time this season, with Brisbane needed a win to keep up with the teams around them in the top four.
Brisbane have lost batsman Chris Lynn for the remainder of their campaign through injury, with the Australian representative missing the One Day International series as well.
The Heat have stumbled without Lynn, losing two out of their three matches without the powerful hitter, but a match against one of the league’s poorest teams should see the Heat win at the SCG on Thursday night.
Brendon McCullum and Ben Cutting will be crucial for the Heat and if they bat first and set a total in excess of the ground average of 168 runs, the Heat will be too difficult to chance down given the Sixers poor batting displays this season.
The Sixers highest score batting at any ground this season was 167 runs when they faced Perth, a match which they lost by six wickets at the WACA.
We are happy to take the Heat at $1.80, but if they dip below $1.70, then it’s best to stay away.
Best bet- Brisbane Heat to win at $1.80
*Odds from Sportsbet
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