We have expert betting predictions for Week 1 of the 2021/22 BBL season, which features nine games.
All of the Big Bash cricket teams are in action, kicking off with Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat on Monday night.
Big Bash League Week 1
7:15pm Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat @ Manuka Oval
Bookmakers can’t split the Thunder and Heat, but we’re going with the Sydney Thunder to open their account with a win.
They have a strong lineup and the early money is always with the Heat, but they rarely deliver when expected.
Take the classier team to score a home win.
Betting tip: Sydney Thunder @ $1.87 – Bet @ Sportsbet
7:15pm Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers @ Marvel Stadium
It could be another long season for the Melbourne Renegades, who have the fire power, but rarely put it all together.
Most of their success hinges on Aaron Finch, who is under a lot of pressure. The Strikes could capitalise in the early stages and establish their dominance.
Punters get $1.85 for the Strikers, which is good shopping.
Betting tip: Adelaide Strikers @ $1.85 – Bet @ Sportsbet
6:35pm Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Sixers @ UTAS
We couldn’t have been more impressed with the Sydney Sixers on Sunday after putting Melbourne to the sword.
It was a superb effort with bat and ball, so the Hobart Hurricanes are up against it in their opening game on Wednesday.
The Hurricanes should have a solid season, but the defending champion Sixers could be too much to handle.
Betting tip: Sydney Sixers @ $1.65 – Bet @ Sportsbet
9:35pm Perth Scorchers vs Brisbane Heat @ Optus Stadium
The Heat have the benefit of playing a game already this week, but we’re still giving the edge to the home side.
Perth is set for a successful season and the Heat will do well to withstand the quality bowling arsenal. That’s the biggest concern for the Heat, who will need Chris Lynn to get back to his brilliant best.
Conditions suit Perth, so take the Scorchers to win.
Betting tip: Perth Scorchers – Bet @ Sportsbet
7:15pm Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Renegades @ Adelaide Oval
We expect the Strikers to start the season well and potentially go 2-0. They face the Renegades, who will do well to earn a 1-1 split this week.
The Strikers’ bowling attack is the strength of their side, with the likes of Peter Siddle, Rashid Khan and Wes Agar. We can’t see a way for the Renegades to combat the bowling of Adelaide, so stick with the home side.
Betting tip: Adelaide Strikers – Bet @ Sportsbet
7:15pm Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder @ MCG
The Melbourne Stars are in desperate need for a win after getting thrashed in the opening game of the BBL season.
They were manhandled by the Sydney Sixers in what can only be described as an embarrassing effort. We think they’ll end up doing well this season, but the Thunder could take advantage of the situation.
If the Thunder play well on Monday night, expect their odds to shorten.
Betting tip: Sydney Thunder – Bet @ Sportsbet
6:35pm Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes @ SCG
Playing three times in the opening week won’t be easy, but we’re not jumping off the back of the Sixers.
They were brilliant last Sunday and they should be the hardest team to beat throughout the summer, especially after limiting the Stars to 61 runs.
Expect bookmakers to trim their odds with every game they win.
Betting tip: Sydney Sixers – Bet @ Sportsbet
12:30am Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers @ Optus Stadium
The Perth Scorchers are a team worth following in the early stages and we give them the slight edge against Adelaide.
It should be a close game that could come down to the final couple of overs, but with home ground advantage, Perth should be too strong.
Expect late money to come for Perth.
Betting tip: Perth Scorchers – Bet @ Sportsbet
7:15pm Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars @ Spotless Stadium
It could be time for the Melbourne Stars to show their worth. They could be in a desperate situation against the Thunder, so we’re prepared to take the risk.
The Stars have a talented roster, including Marcus Stoinis, so we can’t overlook their chances. Depending on how the week goes, punters could get value odds on Sunday.
Expect a bounce back effort.
Betting tip: Melbourne Stars – 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.