Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat – BBL Match Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 25/01/2020
Melbourne Stars have had a fine season so far but come into this one on the back of a rare defeat.
They have already qualified for the play-offs but most by 11-runs to in-form Adelaide Strikers.
They will be looking to hit back from that set-back while also looking to regain that all-important momentum heading into the next phase of the tournament.
The Heat, meanwhile, have been held back this campaign by inconsistent showings.
Chris Lynn’s troops have lost the last three and are in for another tough test away from home.
However, they are the team with everything to play for as they seek a win to keep their season alive.
Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat – Match Preview
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
When: Saturday 25th January
Start Time: 13:40 (IST), 08:10 (GMT)
Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat – Latest Odds
Home side Melbourne Stars are the favourites to take the win from this one.
They can be backed at 1.80 (4/5) with bet365 to secure a home victory.
Visitors Brisbane have been priced up at 2.10 (11/10) with the same firm.
Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat – Team News
The big news for Melbourne is the replacement of Haris Rauf with fellow Pakistan youngster Dilbar Hussain.
Hussain comes in to replace Rauf in the squad after he was called up for international duty by his country.
Nathan Coulter-Nile also comes back into the Melbourne squad for this clash as the home side look at their bowling options.
Brisbane have made just one change to their squad for this clash.
Pace bowler Jack Prestwidge comes in to replace batsman Joe Burns.
The visitors will against have Marnus Labuschagne in their ranks following his return from Australia’s ODI tour of India.
Melbourne Stars vs Brisbane Heat – Betting Tips and Prediction
Brisbane need the win more than Melbourne right now and that could be an important factor in the outcome of this battle.
The Heat have the firepower necessary to get back to winning ways at the MCG but it all comes down to if they can put it all together when it matters.
At the prices it could be worth siding with the visitors for the upset, especially if the Stars have taken their foot off the gas now their play-off place is in the bag.
Heazlett to lead from the front for Brisbane
Sam Heazlett has been playing well at the top of the Heat order despite the fact his side have recently been on the end of regular defeats.
With the likes of AB de Villiers and Chris Lynn in the line-up, it means there is value to be had by looking towards the in-form opener.
He only made 15 in a disappointing loss to Sydney Sixers in the last game but that followed a fine 56 against Melbourne Renegades.
He can be backed at 5.00 (4/1) with bet365 to be Brisbane’s top run-scorer.
Lamichhane to shine at the MCG
Sandeep Laminchhane can be Melbourne’s main man with the ball against Brisbane.
He drew a blank against the Strikers last time up but before then took two wickets against the Sixers.
He can enjoy the return to playing at home and looks a big threat to the Heat.
Laminchhane is priced at 3.50 (5/2) with bet365 to be Melbourne’s top bowler.
Best Bet: Sam Heazlett to be top scorer for the Brisbane Heat 5.00 (4/1) with bet365