Stars will hope to jump into top three
This contest is more than what it seems like. The Scorchers come off the back of seven wins in the last eight matches and have one of the strongest outfits this year in the competition. All-round strength gives Scorchers the edge over the Stars. With a good run of form behind them, the Scorchers, especially their bowling attack, will be the focus this game. The Perth Scorchers have odds of 1.66 to win this game against the Stars.
The Melbourne Stars, on the other hand, are finalists in the last two seasons and have a decent run of form behind them. However, they lost the Melbourne derby and have tended to lose games from winning positions which makes this contest interesting.. Their odds of a win in this game stand at 2.00. The Scorchers will be a huge challenge for the Stars and it will take more than just their usual effort to win this one.
Overall record remains in the balance but Stars edge out in terms of latest head-to-heads
Overall record between the sides is evenly split with eight wins apiece in 16 matches. The Scorchers and Stars both have a rich history in the league and are one of the strongest teams in the competition. While the early years of Scorchers domination is done and dusted, they have turned up well this year after a few ordinary seasons. The Stars, too have recent record going their way.
RECOMMENDED BET: The Scorchers have better recent form running into this game and have odds of 1.66 to beat the Heat.
The last year when these teams met, the Stars won both matches which gives them a little mental advantage going into this game. However, such is Scorchers’ recent form that it might count to nothing.
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The Scorchers batting: While the Scorchers bowling has been hitting the headlines, it is the batting that has given them the recent results. The likes of Colin Munro, Jason Roy, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh and Liam Livingstone have been in top form. The strength at the top and in the middle makes them a pretty tough nut to crack.
Maxwell and Stoinis: The international all-rounders are the biggest assets in the Melbourne Stars line-up and have been massive in keeping the Stars in the hunt this season. For them to topple the Scorchers the duo will have to come good again, preferably in unison.
TIP: These teams have often put up good individual batting performances, hence it’s likely that we will see a fifty-plus score from someone, the odds of which rest at 1.10