We have expert betting predictions for the Big Bash playoffs, which are played on Friday and Saturday.
Action kicks off on Friday with the Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes and continues on Saturday with the Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers.
It’s all to play for and the sportsbook is offering some outstanding cricket betting value.
Big Bash League Finals Week 1
7:15pm Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes @ MCG
The Adelaide Strikers did well to finish fourth in the regular season after winning their last four games, so momentum is firmly with the Strikers.
They scored a gutsy win over the Sydney Sixers on Monday. The eight-wicket victory was enough to seal a playoff spot and it was a confidence-boosting win.
Scoring 165/2 is an excellent effort against a tough Sixers bowling attack, so there is no reason why the Strikers can’t go on with it and progress further.
They come up against the Hobart Hurricanes, who lost their most recent game against the Melbourne Stars in crazy fashion. They allowed the Stars to score 273/2 on the back of a record-setting effort from Glenn Maxwell, but it doesn’t say much about Hobart’s bowling attack.
They went 167/6 in reply, but it was always an impossible total to chase down. The loss might have knocked their confidence, which is why bookmakers have Adelaide as the favourites at $1.65.
It’s a fair price given their winning form and we think the Strikers should get the job done.
We also like Alex Carey to top score for the Strikers. He has been in good form and the $3.40 is well worth taking in exotic betting markets.
For the Hurricanes, expect a big outing Matthew Wade, who has been electric at times. He is paying $4 to top score for the Hurricanes, so punters can find excellent value throughout the Big Bash betting markets.
Betting tip: Adelaide Strikers @ $1.65 – Bet @ Sportsbet
7:15pm Perth Scorchers vs Sydney Sixers @ Marvel Stadium
The top two Big Bash teams battle in an effort to get a bye, which is an important contest.
The Perth Scorchers won 11 of their 14 games, which was an incredible effort. They were extremely consistent throughout the season and they finished five points clear of Sydney.
Perth comes off a comfortable six-wicket win over the Brisbane Heat when chasing 155, so it should be warmed up and ready to fire.
Sydney lost to Adelaide before beating Brisbane on Wednesday night. The 27-run effort was a good showing, but the better form has been shown by the Scorchers.
They’re not playing at home, so conditions are different to that in Perth, but they have the class to get them over the line.
With players like Mitchell Marsh, Colin Munro and Kurtis Patterson doing the heavy lifting with the bat, they are tough to stop. They also have a stacked bowling attack of Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson and Aston Agar.
We’re not discounting what is a quality Sixers team, but Perth has been our team to follow throughout the season and we’re not jumping off its back now.
The head-to-head odds of $1.77 are excellent value and we like Andrew Tye to be top wicket taker at $4. He comes up with big efforts in big games, so the value odds are there.
We also like Kiwi Colin Munro to top score for the Scorchers. He got the season off to a hot start and that form should continue into the playoffs. He’s a value play at $4.50.
Betting tip: Perth Scorchers @ $1.77 – Bet @ Sportsbet
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
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.