Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers BBL Tips, Predictions and Preview - Stars bid to make the finals

Marcus Stoinis

The long Big Bash League regular season will be completed with a game between Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers that will decide the fourth and final qualifier for the finals.

The Stars (W6, L7) must win against the Sixers (W8, L5) at the MCG to extend their season and leapfrog Brisbane Heat into fourth spot on the ladder.

Melbourne Stars


The Stars were at the receiving end of a ten-wicket thrashing at the hands of Brisbane Heat in their last match. That had a negative effect on their run-rate, but a win against the Sixers can guarantee progress for the Stars at the expense of the Heat.

Losing two consecutive matches is a worry for the Stars, but they can put it to rest by winning this match. They did beat the Sixers earlier in the season, with Peter Handscomb leading the five-wicket victory march.

Sydney Sixers


The Sixers are guaranteed a finals place and can secure the second spot behind the Hurricanes if they can avoid a big defeat in this match. If the Sixers lose by 62 or 7.4 overs, their Net run rate (NRR) will drop below that of the Renegades.

It will be 10 days since the Sixers last took the field. It will be a challenge for them to maintain the same tempo, but the run of four wins gives them momentum.

Match Up


The Stars were brushed aside with utter disdain by the Heat, a result that has knocked them out of the top-four. The equation is simple for the Stars – win and progress. However, they need to guard themselves against the strong bowling unit of the Sixers. The visitors are looking to book their home finals, which is incentive enough to put in a strong performance.

Key Battles


The Stars have been so much dependent on Marcus Stoinis this season that they can do with another batsman picking up the baton. Handscomb had burst onto BBL08 scene with a classy 70 in the reverse fixture against the Sixers. Can he repeat the performance?

For the Sixers, James Vince has picked up form and is proving to be quite a catch at a time they are searching for top-order runs. With the playoffs on the horizon, he would like to continue the momentum.

History & Statistics


  • Stars have won three of the four matches they batted second against the Sixers.
  • Stars have won five of the last eight matches against the Sixers.
  • However, the Sixers have won three of the last four matches against the Stars.
  • At the MCG, the record is 2-2, with Sixers winning the last two matches at this venue.
  • Sixers have won three of the four January matches against the Stars.

Prediction


We couldn’t have asked for a better match than this to end the league engagements. Both sides desperately need a win for contrasting reasons. This game has all the makings of a classic.

Tips


Back the Stars to score the most in the first 6 overs @ $1.80 (Neds).

Back the Sixers to score the most 6s @ $2.25 (Sportsbet).

Back Marcus Stoinis to hit a six @ $3.00 (Ladbrokes).


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