Mon, Jan 1, 10:15am by Staff Writer
The Hobart Hurricanes, Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars are all in action to kick off 2018, with all three sides desperate to get to their first win of BBL07
Sydney Thunder versus Hobart Hurricanes
Monday, 1 January 2018 at 6.10pm AEDST
The Sydney Thunder host the Hobart Hurricanes on New Years Day after the two sides met just two nights prior in Launceston.
On that night it was the Thunder who dominated with the bat and ball, thrashing the Hurricanes by 57 runs.
The Hurricanes have been disappointing in both home matches this season, losing to the Renegades and Thunder.
Hobart appear to lack a quality bowler outside of Tymal Mills and a batsmen that can play through an innings and notch up a big score for them.
For the Thunder, that man is Shane Watson who has been superb for them this season. English import Jos Buttler knocked 67 runs from 41 balls on Saturday in his best performance of the season.
While anything can happen in Big Bash, it will be hard to imagine the Hurricanes bouncing back from such a big defeat on Saturday night.
In a strange circumstance, the teams are meeting so soon after their first clash of the season.
At $1.67, the Thunder are too short to back, but we saw enough from the Englishman Jos Buttler on Saturday night to expect a repeat performance with the bat on New Years Day.
Best bet- Jos Buttler top Thunder runscorer at $4.33 at Sportsbet
Perth Scorchers versus Sydney Sixers
Monday, 1 January 2018 at 9.20pm AEDST
A New Years Day double header sees the Scorchers host the Sixers. When these two teams met two weeks ago, the Sixers were clear favourites as Perth were without Michael Klinger.
The Scorchers won that match easily defeating the Sixers by six wickets in a rematch of the BBL06 final.
Fast forward a fortnight and the Scorchers are undefeated and the Sixers are in turmoil after an 0-3 start.
The Scorchers downed the highly fancied Melbourne Renegades on Friday night, with a superb display with the ball.
Perth has built all three of their wins on choice batting and top notch bowling displays.
The Sydney Sixers have not shown the discipline with the bat or ball to encourage punters that their winless start to the season won’t continue for a fourth match.
At short odds, the Perth Scorchers still remain good value at $1.60 at Sportsbet. If they dip below this number, then we see their value diminishing.
Michael Johnson has been in cracking form, so $4 about the paceman grabbing the most wickets for the Scorchers is an appealing option.
In the live betting markets, a bet of the Sydney Sixers to score under 150 runs should cash as the Sixers have struggled to amass totals past this number this season.
Best bet- Michael Johnson to score the most wickets for the Scorchers at $4 at Sportsbet
Live bet- Sydney Sixers team total runs under 150.5 if it becomes available at Sportsbet
Melbourne Stars versus Brisbane Heat
Tuesday, 2 January 2018 at 7.10pm AEDST
The Melbourne Stars will be in desperation mode on Tuesday night when they host the Brisbane Heat.
This is the first home match for the Stars after losing both of their opening matches to the Heat and Perth Scorchers.
The Heat have welcomed back batsmen Chris Lynn to their lineup and will be playing their second match in three nights, with a New Years Eve clash with the Adelaide Strikers.
The Heat possesses a powerful batting lineup, as do the Stars. This match then falls on which team possesses the better bowling lineup.
If the recent Ashes test is anything to go by, the wicket at the MCG is one which will favour batsmen, so we are expecting a host of runs to be scored in this match.
Marcus Stoinis scored 99 against the Heat in the first week of BBL07 to almost grab an improbable victory for the Stars.
On that night, the Heat were 15 run winners at the Gabba, after the Stars were 3/38.
We see the tables turning on Tuesday night, with the Stars in need of a win and they should get it in front of their home fans.
Best bet- Melbourne Stars to win at $1.90 at Sportsbet
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