The Big Bash League starts this week and we have Big Bash predictions and betting tips for all four games on the card.
Action starts on Thursday with the Hurricanes vs. Sixers, which sees last year’s winners look to defend their title.
Punters can also bet on the Stars vs. Heat, Stars vs. Thunder and Renegades vs. Scorchers.
Big Bash League Week 1
Hobart Hurricanes vs. Sydney Sixers @ Blundstone Arena
It is a tough matchup for punters in the opening game of the Big Bash. The Sixers are the defending champions, but they go on the road to face the talented Hurricanes.
Hobart are always tough to beat at home and they have a batting lineup that can threaten any bowling attack. Unfortunately, England international Dawid Malan won’t make it to Australia for this game, but the Hurricanes still have D’Arcy Short.
He can turn the game on its head, but he has a talented Sixers bowling attack to face. The Sixers boast the likes of Tom Rogers, Gurinder Sandhu and Stephen O’Keefe.
They also have a talented bunch of all-rounders, so beating the Sixers this season won’t be easy.
We are going with the Sixers to stave off a challenge from the home side.
Bet: Sydney Sixers to win @ $1.67 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne Stars vs. Brisbane Heat @ Manuka Oval
The Melbourne Stars are our futures pick to win the Big Bash League this year, so it’s only natural that we favour them in the opening game.
Boasting a talented lineup that includes Marcus Stoinis, Andre Fletcher and Glenn Maxwell, the Stars are worthy favourites against the Brisbane Heat.
Having international experience in your team is key and we are confident the Stars will be one of the highest scoring teams in this year’s competition.
Brisbane can also put up some big totals as Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence spearhead their batting lineup. They also have Max Bryant and Tom Cooper to bolster their strong attack.
We give the bowling edge to the Stars, who have spin master Adam Zampa and also Zahir Khan. The tandem should give the Stars every chance to win this game.
Punters are getting value odds at $1.71 to start their season off on the right foot.
Bet: Melbourne Stars to win @ $1.71 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne Stars vs. Sydney Thunder @ Manuka Oval
The odds for this game will depend on how the Stars perform on Friday night, and it won’t be easy to go back-to-back.
However, the Stars are a quality outfit and the Sydney Thunder are expected to have a rough season. There is strength in the top order for the Thunder, which includes former Australian representative Usman Khawaja and also Alex Hales.
The problem for the Thunder is when those two players get out, so they lack the middle order depth of teams like the Stars.
It comes as no surprise that we have the Stars in this game, but the odds will change depending on Friday’s game. If the Stars win the opening game, expect the current odds of $1.53 to drop. However, if they lose, they could drift out to $1.70 for this game.
We would wait until Saturday to see the market movement and team lineup for the Stars.
Bet: Melbourne Stars to win @ $1.53 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Melbourne Renegades vs. Perth Scorchers @ Blundstone Arena
We expect the Melbourne Renegades to struggle this season, much like they did when finishing eighth last season.
They open their account against the Perth Scorchers, who know how to win the Big Bash League and after struggling the last two years, they will be keen to get back to their best.
Perth has a solid all-round team, which could include the likes of Ashton Turner, Jason Roy, Mitch Marsh and Andrew Tye.
The Renegades also have a solid team which is spearheaded by captain Aaron Finch, but there isn’t much depth to their outfit.
They often find themselves struggling in the early stages of the game and their bowling attack isn’t good enough to put pressure on the opponents.
Bookmakers have the Scorchers as $1.76 favourites and at Tasmania, we are not surprised by those odds. The neutral ground helps the Renegades, but we don’t think it will be enough.
Bet: Perth Scorchers to win @ $1.76 – 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.