The regular season has been completed and five teams are left to win the Big Bash League 10 title.
Punters get three Big Bash Playoff games to bet on this week, which starts with the Heat vs. Strikers on Friday night.
That is followed by Sixers vs. Scorchers on Saturday, before the Thunder face off against the winner of the Heat vs. Strikers. We won’t know how wins the eliminator before this preview, so we focus on the first two games of the weekend.
Big Bash League Finals Week 1
Brisbane Heat vs. Adelaide Strikers @ The Gabba
It didn’t look likely for the Brisbane Heat this season, but they have somehow managed to finish fourth in the regular season.
It’s not do-or-die for the Queensland-based franchise, as they come up against a talented Adelaide Strikers outfit, which struggled against the Thunder on Tuesday.
Adelaide had a good chance to place higher up the ladder, but they allowed Sydney to score 116/1 off 14 overs on Tuesday, which wasn’t a good outing before the playoffs.
More is expected of the Strikers in this situation, especially given their talented roster. The Strikers have the likes of Jake Weatherald, Travis Head, and Alex Carey to bolster the batting lineup.
Carey has been in stellar form in BBL 10, and he could be an important part of their success on Friday night.
Looking to put a stop to that is Brisbane, which made the playoffs with a six-run win over Perth. It was a quality outing, given that Perth is one of the best teams in the competition.
Chris Lynn showed his class when it really mattered, scoring 51 runs. He was helped by 46 runs from Australian representative, Marnus Labuschagne, who has been a great addition to the team.
The Heat also have a quality bowling lineup, headed by Mark Steketee. He has been in incredible form this season, and he could bowl over Adelaide in the opening overs.
Bookmakers have Brisbane as the $1.81 favourites, and we can’t disagree. They have more momentum heading into this game, and the addition of Labuschagne has transformed the betting lineup.
Bet: Brisbane Heat to win @ $1.81 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Sydney Sixers vs. Perth Scorchers @ Manuka Oval
The two top teams do battle on Saturday where the loser gets a second life. However, both teams want to make life easier by scoring a win.
The Sixers topped the Big Bash League ladder with nine wins from 14 games, including a win over the Melbourne Stars to deny them a playoff spot on Tuesday.
It was a gritty performance from the Scorchers, who had to chase down 177 runs. Leading the way was James Vince and Dan Christian, who combined for 95 runs.
Christian was particularly good, scoring 49 runs off just 23 balls to win the game for Sydney. The consummate professional snatched a playoff spot from the clutches of Melbourne, and gave Sydney momentum for this game.
Perth ended the season with a loss to Brisbane, but that shouldn’t put punters off. Perth started the season poorly, but looked exceptional in the middle stages of the season.
Finishing second was an excellent effort, and it has a team capable of going all the way. Players such as Ashton Turner, Colin Munro and Mitchell Marsh can get going at any stage, which is dangerous for the opposition.
The Scorchers also have top-level bowling attack with Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye and Ashton Agar.
Another close battle is expected on Saturday night, but we give the slight edge to Sydney. It has a quality team top to bottom, and punters get value odds.
$2 for the table-topping Sixers is good shopping for Big Bash punters.
Bet: Sydney Sixers to win @ $2 – Bet @ Sportsbet
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Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.