We have expert betting tips for the Big Bash Final between the Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars this Saturday night.
The season has come down to two teams and one will emerge as the 2019/2020 Big Bash winner. They finished first and second during the regular season and that form held true in the playoffs.
We look at all the major betting markets to find the best Big Bash value bets for the final.
2020 Big Bash League Final
Sydney Sixers vs. Melbourne Stars Game Preview
We must admit; we doubted the Melbourne Stars in the Prelim Final, but boy did they prove us wrong.
Melbourne came out swinging and posted a total of 194/2. It was such a dominant display from the team that capitulated towards the end of the season.
They were riding a lengthy losing streak entering that game against the Sydney Thunder, but those losses mean little now.
Melbourne stormed into the Big Bash final with Marcus Stoinis and Nick Larkin scoring 83 respectively. They didn’t need the services of captain Glenn Maxwell, who scored four runs from his six balls.
On the bowling side of the game, the star of the show was Haris Rauf, who was robbed of Man of the Match honours.
The Pakistani national bowled his four overs for three wickets and he gave up only 17 runs. That’s an incredible effort from a pace bowler, and a reason why the Stars will be tough to beat in the final.
Keeping the Stars from their first BBL title are the Sydney Sixers, who got into the final by beating the Stars in convincing fashion last week.
They scored only 142/7 in their 20 overs and it didn’t appear to be enough. However, the stellar Sixers bowling attack tore through the Stars.
The Stars were knocked over for 99 runs in 18 overs. It was a comprehensive win for the Sixers and they’ll take that confidence in the final this Saturday.
Having not played for eight days could hurt the Sixers however. Teams like Melbourne play best on only a couple of days rest, so we’re giving the edge to the Stars in that category.
Bookmakers have the Sixers as the slight $1.86 favourites, with Melbourne trading at $1.94. It’s essentially a pick ‘em and punters should have confidence in both squads.
We’re going with the Melbourne Stars. They showed why they were the top team throughout the regular season on Thursday and they could ride that momentum through to the final.
Bet: Melbourne Stars to win ($1.94) @ Sportsbet.com.au – Bet Now
Top Sydney Sixers Runscorer
The Sixers have plenty of good batsmen but we’re picking the best batsmen in their squad.
Steve Smith might not be the best short-form batter in the world, but he’s one of the best all-round.
There has been good money come for the Australian legend and he could steer them to a famous victory.
If Smith gets anywhere around 50 runs, that could lead his team and punters are getting decent odds.
Bet: Steve Smith ($3.50) @ Sportsbet.com.au – Bet Now
Top Melbourne Stars Runscorer
It’s much harder to pick a top runscorer from Melbourne because their team is packed with good hitters.
We have settled on Marcus Stoinis, who is seeing the ball beautifully after posting 83 runs against the Thunder on Thursday.
He opens the batting, which is never easy. However, it does allow him to hit over the top while the fielders are in.
It’s that reason why bookmakers have him firm at $3 and why we’re picking him to be the star hitter for the Stars.
Bet: Marcus Stoinis ($3) @ Sportsbet.com.au – Bet Now
Big Bash Final Man of the Match Predictions
He was unlucky in the Preliminary Final against the Thunder, so we’re sticking with Haris Kauf.
He’s a dynamic bowler and although Man of the Match selectors tend to go for the hitters, we think he’ll have a big impact on this game.
Taking three wickets for 17 runs should see you winning Man of the March, regardless of how many runs a top-order batsman has.
Kauf could tear through the top order for the Sydney Sixers lineup and set the platform for Melbourne to win the final.
Kauf is currently paying $11 at Sportsbet.com.au to win Man of the Match and there is stacks of value with those odds.
Method of First Dismissal
This is a good option for punters looking to make a quick buck. It’s over very quickly and add some excitement to the start of the game.
Being caught is the odds-on favourite at $1.40 but we’re going for a bit of value. We like Bowled ($4.50) and we think our man Kaur could get the job done.
He has the pace to sneak through the defense and it would be an exciting way to open up the game. Of course, if the Stars bat first, there are plenty of attacking bowlers for the Sixers as well.