Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder – 12/12/2020

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December 12, 2020
Manuka Oval, Canberra
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Stars v Thunder – BBL Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News, Predictions – 12/12/2020

The Melbourne Stars will go into this match on the back of their opener against the Brisbane Heat. This will be the Sydney Thunder’s first fixture of this season’s tournament.

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Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder Betting Tips
Best Bet Sydney Thunder to win the match at 2.38 with Parimatch
Value Bet Callum Ferguson to be Sydney’s top batsman at 4.0 with 22Bet
Next Best Bet Thunder to have the highest opening partnership at 1.9 with 22Bet

Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder – Match Preview

The last four meetings between these two sides have all resulted in victory for the Melbourne Stars. The Sydney Thunder have not beaten them since 2018.

Where: Manuka Oval, Canberra

When: Saturday, 12 December 2020

Start time: 09:35 IST (05:05 GMT)

Pitch conditions: This will be the Stars’ second match at this venue in as many days, so they will have a stronger sense of the conditions than the Thunder. The team to win the toss could bat first and a target of around 170 should be competitive.

Weather conditions: There is no rain predicted for Canberra on Saturday, when temperatures will likely hang around the mid-20 degrees celsius.

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Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder – Latest Odds

Parimatch are among the best betting sites in India and are all set to cover the BBL in great depth with some solid outright markets.

They have the Stars priced as 1.57 favourites for this one and the Thunder 2.38 underdogs. The Sydney team is shaping up really nice here, suggesting now is a good time to bet on their bigger margin.

Be sure to check out Parimatch’s other early markets. You can bet on what happens on the first, second or third delivery of the match. This could bring good value.

Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder – Team News

Marcus Stoinis overcame a side strain to play in Melbourne’s first clash so should feature here as well.

The Stars lost Jonny Bairstow before the start of the tournament amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but still boast a formidable batting line-up with Stoinis, Andre Flecher, Hilton Cartwright and Ben Dunk.

They will again be led by Glenn Maxwell and new head coach David Hussey as they chase BBL glory.

Sydney Thunder will hope England’s overseas stars Alex Hales and Sam Billings will help them improve on last season’s campaign.

Daniel Sams enjoyed BBL 09 and will be key to any success this time around.

Stars v Thunder – Squads

Glenn Maxwell (captain) Callum Ferguson (captain)
Hilton Cartwright Sam Billings
Jackson Coleman Jonathan Cook
Nathan Coulter-Nile Ben Cutting
Ben Dunk Oliver Davies
Andre Fletcher Brendan Doggett
Seb Gotch Matt Gilkes
Lewis Hatcher Chris Green
Clint Hinchliffe Alex Hales
Dilbar Hussain Baxter Holt
Zahir Khan Usman Khawaja
Nick Larkin Nathan McAndrew
Nic Maddinson Adam Milne
Jono Merlo Arjun Nair
Lance Morris Alex Ross
Tom O’Connell Daniel Sams
Nicholas Pooran Jason Sangha
Will Pucovski Tanveer Sangha
Billy Stanlake Chris Tremain
Marcus Stoinis
Adam Zampa

Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder – Betting Tips and Prediction

This promises to be another close contest early in BBL 10.

While Stars are favourites to lift the trophy this year, it could be worth siding with Sydney Thunder in this one.

Their price of 2.38 with Paimatch looks good value, especially given the way they ended last year’s tournament.

The return of Alex Hales and more support from Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson can hand them a solid foundation. Ben Cutting and Adam Milne give them more options, as well as the spin of Chris Green and Ajun Nair.

That’s not to say Stars won’t go on and push for title success, but opposing them early is certainly a good option here.

Back Ferguson for Top Batsman

Callum Ferguson looks to be a value selection in the Thunder’s top batsman market.

He smashed 376 in 17 matches last season and can hit the ground running in this one. Ferguson heads into this on the back of a second innings 97 for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

It is definitely worth taking on market leader Alex Hales in this opener. The Englishman struggled for runs recently after the PSL returned to action. That followed a lean spell at the end of the T20 Blast.

Ferguson can be backed at 4.0 with 22Bet to be Sydney’s top batsman.

Thunder to Have Highest Opening Partnership

Given the form of Stars opener Marcus Stoinis, it could also be worth backing Thunder to have the highest opening partnership.

Stoinis has been struggling with injury before the BBL and his duck in the opener against Brisbane won’t have helped his confidence.

Sydney have Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja at the top. The duo enjoyed success together last season and can make a solid start for their side.

Thunder to have the highest opening partnership is available at 1.9 with 22Bet.

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Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder - Frequently Asked Questions

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What time does Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder start?

The Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder will meet in the Big Bash League 2020 on Saturday, 12 December. The scheduled start is 09:35 IST (05:05 GMT).

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