We have expert betting tips for the Melbourne Stars vs. Sydney Thunder game this Thursday.
The winner gets the chance to face the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League Final, so it’s all to play for this week.
We look at all the major betting markets to find the best BBL value bets.
Big Bash League Preliminary Final
Melbourne Stars vs. Sydney Thunder Game Preview
Momentum is big in T20 cricket and the Sydney Thunder have plenty of it approaching the preliminary final.
You have to go back to the 20th of January since their last loss. Since then, they have beaten the Hurricanes twice, Scorchers, and most recently the Adelaide Strikers.
After setting a total of only 151 against Adelaide, the Thunder looked beaten. However, they bowled extremely well and that’s tough to beat in any playoffs game.
They’re on a winning streak of four games and it couldn’t be any more contrasting to the season of the Melbourne Stars.
Seemingly cruising to their first BBL title, the Stars have fallen apart at the seams. They had lost only one game only a couple of weeks ago. Now, they have lost their last four games and are in desperation mode.
They had a chance to go straight into the final by beating the Sydney Sixers last week. However, they managed only 99 runs when chasing a measly total of 142.
The star players for the Stars have gone missing and when your hitters aren’t doing their job, it’s tough to win.
Captain Glenn Maxwell, opening batsman Marcus Stoinis, and Peter Hanscomb are needing to rise to the occasion. Otherwise, it could be their fifth straight loss and the Stars will be sent packing.
It would be an astonishing fall from grace for the Stars, who looked to have it all sewn up. They will need to withstand a quality bowling attack from the Thunder, and we’re not sure they will.
Bookmakers have the Thunder as $2.08 outsiders. Had they been playing at home punters would have got $1.60 for the Thunder.
For that reason, the best value bet is with the Sydney Thunder.
Tip: Sydney Thunder to win ($2.08) – Bet Now
Melbourne Stars vs. Sydney Thunder Man of the Match Tips
We have picked out the best players who could win Man of the Match.
With so many quality players on each side, punters are getting spoiled for choice. However, there are two standout players who will be crucial to their team’s success.
Usman Khawaja @ $7.50 – Bet Now
Usman Khawaja isn’t the pick most people would have for Man of the Match. However, his experience is vital for the Sydney Thunder.
His experience playing for Australia at all levels will be crucial for the Thunders’ success this Thursday. If he scores around 40-50 runs, that’s going to set a good benchmark for the bigger hitters.
Man of the Match selectors know how important he is and punters could get rewarded if the Thunder are to be victorious.
Haris Rauf @ $15 – Bet Now
Why not Haris Rauf? He was named on the Big Bash Team of the Year for his excellent bowling skills.
The Pakistani national scored a hat-trick this season and those bowling figures are tough to overlook.
If he can snare a couple of wickets, or at least limit the Thunder to less than 20 runs off four overs, Rauf will deserve some votes.
Even though punters will steer towards the big hitters for Man of the Match honours, bowlers stake their claim.
Value is with Rauf.
Stars vs. Thunder Exotic Betting Predictions
Punters are getting plenty of exotic betting options to bet on for this game. We look at the popular options, which includes Most Match Sixes and Highest Opening Partnership.
Most Match Sixes:
We think the Stars will come out swinging the bats, especially if they’re chasing a good total.
They have the more potent batting lineup, which includes Glenn Maxwell down the order. He’ll likely be called in to hit some balls over the rope.
Bookmakers have the Stars as $1.95 favourites and that looks a good exotic bet for cricket fans.
Highest Opening Partnership:
The opening combination of Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales is tough to overlook. They both have good patience and should be respected this Thursday.
Look for Hales to try clear the rope a few times, while Khawaja looks to steady the flow and keep the run rate ticking over.
The Melbourne Stars opening batsmen have been getting out quickly of late, so this is a no brainer exotic play.
The Thunder are $1.77 favourites with bookmakers.
Top Wicket Taker:
We have already shown love for Haris Rauf in the Man of the Match predictions. Therefore, we think he’ll be top wicket taker for the Melbourne Stars.
Rauf is currently on the same line as Adam Zampa, but the Stars are good at playing spin. The speed of Rauf could be too much for the openers to handle.
He’s paying $3.75 with bookmakers and that’s a fair price.