The BBL (Big Bash League) returns this Tuesday and we’re in for another cracking season of summer cricket.
Looking to go back-to-back are the Melbourne Renegades, which scored their first BBL title in fine style last season.
They aren’t the favourites to win this season, that goes to the Brisbane Heat. The Heat are one of six teams currently quoted at single-figure odds, which shows how even this competition is.
Bookmakers are offering plenty of value betting options and we look at some of the popular betting markets for the Big Bash League.
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Big Bash Outright Winner Predictions
Brisbane Heat @ $5.00 – Bet Now
They are the favourites to win the 2019/2020 BBL and rightfully so. Brisbane has a stacked hitting lineup and that’s usually a recipe for success.
With the international tests going on at the moment, Brisbane is due to get some quality players back. That includes Marnus Labuschagne, who is coming off a massive first test against New Zealand.
He will provide some steady play for the Heat, in a team which has offensive firepower. Chris Lynn stands out as their best offensive weapon.
Lynn hasn’t always had an easy life in the BBL, but he has plenty of talent. He will be partnered by the likes of Ben Cutting, Joe Burns and Alex Ross.
That combination, along with a solid bowling attack, should allow the Heat to fire up this season.
Melbourne Stars @ $5.50 – Bet Now
It wouldn’t be smart to leave out the Melbourne Stars. Packed with international players, the Stars could live up to expectations this season.
The Stars are led by none other than Glen Maxwell. The enigmatic all-rounder could either be sensational or disappointing, but when he’s on, he’s on.
Maxwell has the ability to turn the game on its head. Until he’s out, you’re never guaranteed to beat the Stars.
The bowling attack of Scott Boland, Nathan Coulter-Nile and the spin of Adam Zampa, Melbourne will be tough to beat in many facets.
Punters are getting good value for the Stars this season.
Sydney Thunder @ $10 – Bet Now
The Sydney Thunder can be tough to follow at the best of times, but $10 is a crazy price for this team.
Here are some of the names in the current Sydney Thunder team. Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja, Pat Cummins, Joe Root, Alex Hales and Mitchell McGlenaghan.
The bowling attack is the weak point of this Thunder side. However, if they’re batsman can do damage, they won’t need a solid bowling attack.
It’s a risk backing the Thunder but T20 cricket is full of upsets.
Most Losses in the BBL
Sydney Sixers @ $4 – Bet Now
There is usually one team that struggles to get their season underway and we’re predicting the Sydney Sixers to be that team.
Many of their top players, including Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon, are away on international duty. That could see them losing a few of their opening games and we don’t believe they’re recover.
This used to be a Sixers team which had some firepower, but they have been disappointing over the last few years.
As much as it pains us to say, the $4 represents good value for most losses by the Sydney Sixers.
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D’Arcy Short @ $7.50 – Bet Now
We’re not predicting the Hobart Hurricanes to have an amazing season but D’Arcy Short is a quality player.
He’s a player that loves to score runs and he has shown that over the last few seasons. Short is the current favourite to be the BBL top runs scorer and we’ll happily take the $7.50 on offer.
Short is an aggressive batter who either gets out early, or goes on to make a big score. He has audiences on the edge of their seat and we love that in the BBL.
Marcus Stoinis @ $13 – Bet Now
Punters are getting good value for Marcus Stoinis, who really came of age last season and could continue on with it.
The Australian and Melbourne Stars player has matured nicely as a 30-year-old and we’re expecting big things from him this season.
The Stars are packed full of quality hitters and that should help motivate him. He’ll be looking to find a good spot in the team and provide them with some middle-order power.
$13 is worth taking.
Daniel Hughes @ $19 – Bet Now
We’re not sure what’s more impressive; his moustache or his cricketing career. Daniel Hughes is supporting a massive mo and he could be a popular player this season.
The Sydney Sixer could be the shining light in a team that could struggle to get going this season.
He’s an experienced player for both the Sixers and New South Wales, so we wouldn’t be leaving him out of calculations.
Top BBL|09 Wicket Taker
Rashid Khan @ $9 – Bet Now
What a story it would be if Rashid Khan could have a big season for the Adelaide Strikers.
The Afghanistan-born player has already made an impact on the world stage and now he brings his quality attack to Australia.
He’s a spinner and although Australian conditions suit pace bowlers, the spinners have a good record int the BBL.
Opposing hitters have trouble getting Khan away and we’re expecting that to continue this season.
Cameron Boyce @ $21 – Bet Now
We’re going with another spinner here in Cameron Boyce. The Melbourne Renegades player could be the bowling spark for the defending champions.
The 30-year-old was good enough to play seven international T20 games where he took eight wickets.
He owns 96 wickets from 48 first-class games and if he applies his trade well in the BBL, the $21 could shorten as the competition progresses.