Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars – BBL Match Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 15/01/2020
Perth Scorchers host current BBL leaders Melbourne Stars for another intriguing battle between two sides that also boast the league’s two top run-scorers.
Melbourne’s Marcus Stoinis leads the way at the top of the standings but is closely followed by Perth’s Mitchell Marsh.
Both teams go into the game in good heart. The Scorchers beat Hobart Hurricanes when last in action to make it three wins on the spin.
The Stars, meanwhile, will be full of confidence following their weekend win over second-placed Sydney Sixers. That came after their derby success against Melbourne Renegades as they sit on five successive victories.
Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars – Match Preview
Where: Optus Stadium, Perth
When: Wednesday, 15th January
Start Time: 15:40 (IST), 10:10 (GMT)
Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars – Latest Odds
Leaders Melbourne Stars are the favourites to get the better of Perth and can be backed at 1.57 (4/7) with Betway.
Melbourne can be backed at 2.25 (5/4) with the same firm as they look for another home win.
Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars – Team News
There aren’t set to be many changes from either side on the back of recent wins.
However, the Stars have included Nathan Coulter-Nile in their 13-man squad for this one. The Western Australia man will be keen to feature against Perth.
The Scorchers have dropped Liam Guthrie from their squad and replaced him with Jaron Morgan.
Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Stars – Betting Tips and Prediction
It’s hard to look beyond in-form BBL leaders Melbourne Stars once again here, especially as they arrive on the back of that victory over nearest rivals Sydney Sixers.
Marcus Stoinis is looking to follow up his blistering 147 in that clash and it will be interesting to see how Perth handle the in-form opener.
Perth Scorchers are not without their own firepower as Marsh continues to blaze away down the order.
The Perth pitch has suited batsman this season and it looks like this could be another high-scoring contest.
It’s worth noting that the team who has batted first has won every game at this ground this season.
Cartwright to claim the spotlight for Stars
Hilton Cartwright has been in decent form with the bat recently but has seen his consistent knocks outshone by both Stoinis and skipper Glenn Maxwell.
With Stoinis a short favourite to be Melbourne’s top batsman again it means value can be found elsewhere.
Cartwright hit 35 against the Renegades and then supported Stoinis well against Sydney with 59.
He is available at 5.00 (4/1) with Betway to be his team’s top run-scorer. Stoinis is the 2.75 (7/4) favourite while Maxwell is 3.75 (11/4).
Richardson to continue to shine for the Scorchers
If Perth are going to hand Melbourne a rare defeat then they will need Jhye Richardson to be at his best.
He is Perth’s top wicket-taker this season and continued his impressive campaign by taking four wickets against Hobart.
He is priced at 3.60 (13/5) with Betway to be his team’s top bowler.
Best Bet: Hilton Cartwright to top score for Melbourne Stars at 5.00 (4/1) with Betway