Stars appear overwhelming favourites in big match against the Sixers
Both Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars have won two games apiece as they head into each other for the first time since the big final in the last season. While the Sixers won that time around, the Stars appear big favourites to win this game after a resounding start to the season this time . They rest second from top in the Big Bash League points table for the season and are looking impressive. The Stars have odds of 1.60 to win this game.
The Sixers might have won the title last time and a bolstered squad this time. But availability of key players remain an issue even if they have performed well. The Sixers, on their day, can be an intimidating side to face up to. Dan Christian smashed the fastest fifty in the last game and on overall quality, they still stand out. They have won two games this season and are fourth on the points table. But theirs odds of beating the Stars stand at 2.10 to win this clash.
An even overall record reflects quality in the sides
The Sixers beat the Melbourne Stars 3-1 in the 2019/20 season where they went on to win the Big Bash League title. That aside, the two teams have had a pretty even record in the league’s history with seven wins apiece in 14 clashes. Interestingly, they have each a record of 4-3 in their respective home grounds in head-to-head clashes. This time, though, the teams face off at a neutral venue in Canberra.
RECOMMENDED BET: The Stars have started the season on a positive note and have odds of 1.60 to beat the Sydney Sixers.
Since the 2018 season, it’s even stevens between these sides with three wins apiece. The quality in the sides remain unmatched and it will be a tough contest to decide who comes out on top.
Keep an eye on…
The Stars batting: Marcus Stoinis at the top, Nicholas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell in the middle and Hilton Cartwright and Nathan Coulter-Nile to finish. The Stars are as formidable a batting unit as it gets. They have shown depth and an ability to stand out under pressure and could be the team to beat this competition.
TIP: Glenn Maxwell is the standout player in the Melbourne Stars side and a real match-winner. He has odds of 7.00 to win the Player of the Match.
Dan Christian: Big hitting prowess, efficiency with the ball and a quality presence in the middle has made Christian one of the best signings of the season. The Sixers have benefited big from having him in the side and he could be the difference between the teams if the Sixers manage to stand out.