We have expert betting tips for the two Big Bash League playoff games this week.
Hobart vs. Thunder takes place on Thursday and the Melbourne Stars take on the Sydney Sixers on Friday.
We have done the form and found our best value bets for every Big Bash League game.
Big Bash League Finals Week 1
7:40pm Hobart Hurricanes vs. Sydney Thunder @ Blundstone Arena
We’re not sure how the Hobart Hurricanes bounced back from an awful mid-season stretch, but they did so in style.
They enter this BBL playoff game having scored one of the best T20 games of cricket we have ever seen. The Hurricanes scored 217 runs for only one wicket, with Matthew Wade scoring an incredible 130 runs.
He was supported by D’arcy Short, who returned from injury to score 72 runs. It was a great effort from both batsmen. However, the victory wasn’t easy.
The Adelaide Strikers scored 207 runs in return, so the bowlers for the Hurricanes will need to improve if their wanting to win.
It’s a return meeting of these two teams after they met on the 24th of January. Hobart were easy winners, scoring 185 runs and restricting Sydney to 128 runs.
Can the Thunder exact their revenge on the Hurricanes? Or will it be another one-sided affair?
The Thunder bounced back from that defeat with a win over the Perth Scorchers. However, it was a rain-shortened game, so it’s hard to get an accurate line on the performance.
They haven’t been in the best form coming into this game and playing in Hobart isn’t going to make it easy.
Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja need to step up at the top of the order. If they get out early, the Thunder doesn’t have enough depth to handle the bowling attack of the Hurricanes.
Momentum is huge in sport and the Hurricanes have plenty of it. Bookmakers have the Hurricanes as the $1.63 favourites and it’s hard to disagree.
We think Hobart is playing too well at the moment. Sydney would need to turn their form around completely and playing in Hobart isn’t going to suit their game plan.
Punters can also bet on the Man of the Match, which we’re giving to D’arcy Short. He has returned in fine order and could produce another quality effort with the bat and ball.
Betting tip: Hobart Hurricanes to win @ $1.63 – Bet Now
7:15pm Melbourne Stars vs. Sydney Sixers @ MCG
The league leaders face off in the second playoff game this Friday. Melbourne hosts the Sixers, who finished only one win back of the Stars during the regular season.
With 10 wins from 14 games, the Melbourne Stars have been the benchmark team throughout the BBL season. However, they stumbled over the last couple of weeks and that’s concerning.
The Stars lost their last three regular season games, with those losses coming to the Sixers, Strikers, and Heat.
Melbourne scored only 115 runs against the Heat, but they could have been saving their best for the finals, knowing they didn’t need to win.
When you have players such as Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis in the squad, it’s hard to overlook their chances.
Sydney, however, will be looking to give the Stars their fourth consecutive loss. The Sixers come into this game having beaten the Renegades by seven wickets.
They looked more impressive when scoring 127/2 off 15.5 overs to beat the Brisbane Heat on January 24. That win put them in good stead on the BBL ladder.
There isn’t going to be much between these team teams. Bookmakers have both teams at $1.91, despite the game being played in Melbourne.
We think the Stars have saved something in the tank for a big performance this Friday. We’ll happily take the $1.91 on offer.
Our Man of the Match pick is none other than Stars captain Glenn Maxwell. He can change the game at any stage and he’s worth a play at $6.60.
Betting tip: Melbourne Stars to win @ $1.91 – Bet Now