WE’RE a full month into the seventh edition of the Big Bash League, with just twelve fixtures remaining in the coming fortnight before finals time.
Historically the competition’s best side, Perth Scorchers sit atop the table with six wins from eight outings and two home fixtures remaining. One of those is against the Strikers, who also face a difficult trip to play the third placed Renegades at the Etihad before the knockout stages.
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Brisbane Heat and the rampaging Hobart Hurricanes – who have won four matches on the bounce after losing their first two – sit fourth and fifth respectively. It adds enormous relevance to Monday night’s head-to-head clash between the pair, a reverse fixture from last Wednesday’s controversial Gabba clash.
The Hurricanes have a game in hand on the Heat (at time of writing on Monday) but sit level on four wins and look the only genuine chance from the bottom four to rise into a finals position. Sydney Thunder has been competitive but lacks depth, while the Sixers and Stars are out of contention with one win apiece.
It shapes for a thrilling run to the finals, with a top two position – and a second bit of the cherry – so crucial in this format. It is advantage Scorchers and Strikers at this stage, but there’s three sides ready to pounce should they falter.
On the back of a big week four for our free daily bets service, we’ll be continuing to chip away during week five. Hopefully you’re enjoying the tournament!
Match 29 – Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat at Blundstone Arena (15/1/18)
Bet: Brisbane Heat win – 1 unit @ $2.00 (Ladbrokes)
Match 30 – Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers at the MCG (16/1/18)
Bet: Sydney Sixers highest opening partnership – 1 unit @ $1.92 (Crownbet)
Bet: Carlos Brathwaite Sydney Sixers most wickets – 1 unit @ $6.00 (Bet 365)
Match 31 – Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes at the Adelaide Oval (17/1/18)
Bet: Adelaide Strikers win – 1.5 units @ $1.80 (Ladbrokes)
Bet: Adelaide Strikers highest six overs score – 1 unit @ $2.00 (Ladbrokes)
Match 32 – Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat at the SCG (18/1/18)
Bet: Brisbane Heat win – 1 unit @ $2.20 (Ladbrokes)
Bet: Carlos Brathwaite Sydney Sixers most wickets – 0.5 units @ $5.50 (Bet 365)
Match 33 – Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder at the MCG (20/1/18)
Bet: Sydney Thunder win – 1.5 units @ $1.74 (Unibet)
Match 34 – Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes at the WACA (20/1/18)
Bet: Perth Scorchers win – 1.5 units @ $1.75 (UBET)
Two #BBL07 bets for tonight (will be added to article shortly!)
Sydney Thunder H2H 1.5 units @ $1.74 (Unibet)
Perth Scorchers H2H 1.5 units @ $1.75 (UBET)
— Punting Stars (@puntingstars) January 20, 2018
RESULTS: Matches 1-34
61.5 units outlay, 79.24 units return, 17.74 units profit, 28.85% POT
Live futures bets:
Melbourne Renegades tournament winners – 1 unit @ $6.50
Melbourne Stars tournament winners – 0.75 units @ $6.50
Adelaide Strikers tournament winners (posted 8/1/18) – 1 unit @ $4.50 (Bet 365)
Joe Burns most tournament runs – 0.15 units each-way @ $101 (UBET)
Lay Brisbane Heat tournament winners @ $7.00 to win 0.5 units (Betfair)