Thu, Jan 4, 11:07am by Staff Writer
The first Melbourne derby of the season headlines the weekend’s action in the KFC Big Bash League, with the winless Melbourne Stars hosting the high-flying Melbourne Renegades.
Brisbane Heat versus Perth Scorchers
Friday, 5 January 2018 at 7.10pm AEDST at the Gabba
The Brisbane Heat have been incredible one night and horrible the next during BBL07 and that form continued last weekend.
After being bowled out for 91 runs on New Years Eve against the Adelaide Strikers, losing by 56 runs, the Heat dominated the Melbourne Stars, running out nine-wicket winners.
The hopes of the Heat hinge upon the opening batting partnership between Australian Chris Lynn and former New Zealand opener Brendon McCullum.
The ‘Bash Brothers’ as they have become known put together a 101-run stand at the top of the order against the Stars, ensuring the Heat’s victory.
The Scorchers have once again had a sensational start to the season, winning all four of their opening matches to sit alone at the top of the table.
Perth will be without leading bowler A.J. Tye for the upcoming One Day International series with England in the coming weeks, so it is important that the Scorchers capitalise while their best squad is on the park.
Incredibly, Perth have been underdogs in four of their first five matches this season, with that trend continuing against the Heat.
We are all over the Scorchers to get the upset against the Heat. Perth have been able to consistently put in a disciplined bowling display, with their defensive strategy set to frustrate the Heat batsmen.
Best bet- Perth Scorchers to win at $2.07 at Sportsbet
Melbourne Stars versus Melbourne Renegades
Saturday, 6 January 2018 at 7.10pm AEDST at the MCG
A bumper crowd is set to the pack into the MCG to watch the Melbourne Stars host the Melbourne Renegades.
The Stars (0-3) have had the worst possible start to BBL07 as they sit last on the competition table.
A comprehensive loss against the Brisbane Heat on Tuesday was Stars worst of the season, as their high-profile roster has failed to deliver this season.
The Melbourne Renegades have played well for the majority of the season so far, winning their opening two matches before falling short against the Perth Scorchers.
Renegades captain Aaron Finch has failed to fire in all three of the Renegades matches so far, so it is essential that he puts some runs on the board before leaving the team for Australian duty.
The Stars are only small outsiders at $2 for this match, with desperation the only factor in this price.
The Renegades are a far superior team to the Stars, particularly when looking at the teams bowling attacks. The Renegades should win this match comfortably.
Best bet- Melbourne Renegades to win at $1.81 at Sportsbet
Sydney Thunder versus Adelaide Strikers
Sunday, 7 January 2018 at 7.10pm AEDST at Spotless Stadium
The Sydney Thunder split their recent two-game series against the Hobart Hurricanes, losing by nine runs at Spotless Stadium on New Years Day.
A huge total of 189 runs were too many for the Thunder to overcome, in an unexpectedly high-scoring match.
The Thunder welcome the undefeated Strikers to Sydney, with Adelaide notching up three wins this season, including a 53-run win against the Thunder in week one of BBL07.
Adelaide has been the competitions surprise team this season, winning matches through a balance of bowling and batting prowess.
The Strikers have beaten the Thunder, Heat and Sixers, with the Heat the only win of note among those three teams.
If the Strikers open around $1.70 at Sportsbet, then that would be the play in this match. If the Thunder are greater than $2.20, then they are worth a chance, simply as a value play.
Best bet- Adelaide Strikers to win at Sportsbet if $1.70 or greater
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