Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers – BBL Match Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 18/01/2020
It’s derby day in Sydney again as the Thunder and Sixers meet at the Showground for what could be another well-balanced battle.
The last time these two sides met earlier in the campaign it needed a super over for Sixers to come out on top after a low-scoring contest.
Sixers come into this one in fine spirits sitting second in the current BBL standings but still keen to hit back from a recent defeat to leaders Melbourne Stars.
Thunder, however, have seen their form stutter of late with just one win from their last four. They are looking to hit back after defeat against lowly Melbourne Renegades last time out.
Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers – Match Preview
Where: Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney
When: Saturday, 18th January
Start Time: 13:40 (IST), 08:10 (GMT)
Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers – Latest Odds
The bookies make this another close contest. Visitors Sixers head the betting and can be backed at 1.80 (4/5) with Betway.
Home side Thunder are not much bigger in price and have been priced at 1.95 (19/20) with the same firm.
The weather forecast could be playing a big factor in those odds. Rain is expected and a reduced overs clash could see this one going either way.
Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers – Team News
The Sixers welcome back Australian star spinner Nathan Lyon to the squad for this one.
He comes back along with Mickey Edwards as Ben Manenti and Henry Thorton miss out.
The Thunder have no injury concerns and have named an unchanged squad for the derby clash.
Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers – Betting Tips and Prediction
The Thunder could get their revenge in this one, especially if it comes down to a reduced overs shootout.
These sides looked evenly matched in the first game and it looks as though it’ll go to whichever side handles the difficult conditions better.
At the prices, it looks like Thunder at home could be the way to go.
Hales to get derby redemption
Alex Hales couldn’t get the better of fellow Englishman Tom Curran in the super over against Sixers but should be backed to fire here.
He has looked in really good form of late. He hit a quickfire 31 in defeat to Melbourne Renegades following a 36 ball 55 against Hobart Hurricanes.
Hales has devastating ability when on song and don’t be surprised to see it click on derby day.
He is available at 3.75 (11/4) with Betway to be the Thunder’s top run-scorer. Usman Khawaja head that market at 3.25(9/4).
Hales is 11/2 to be the top scorer in the match, which could also be considered
Lyon to make a memorable BBL return
Nathan Lyon could return to the Sixers line-up for his first BBL action of the season.
If he can apply some early pressure, especially if the game is reduced by the weather, then wickets could follow.
He is available a 6.00 (7/1) with Beway to be the game’s top wicket-taker.
Best Bet: Alex Hales to be Sydney Thunder’s top run-scorer at 3.75 (11/4) with Betway.