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2019-20 Big Bash League odds, betting specials and predictions

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Put your feet up, sit back and get comfortable, because the Big Bash League is back on Tuesday, December 17.

Coming into the ninth season of the BBL there are only two teams that are yet to win the tournament, being the Hobart Hurricanes and the Melbourne Stars, who have both lost two grand finals each. The Perth Scorchers lead all competitors with three championships, including a back-to-back run from 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Every season of the BBL feels bigger than the last and the anticipation could not be higher as the first match approaches. If you haven’t already seen who your team has picked up and let go, or how they’re looking as a contender, here are the latest BBL odds and T20 betting specials for all eight Big Bash franchises.

Adelaide Strikers BBL odds

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The strong core of Alex Carey, Rashid Khan and Jake Weatherald still remains for the Strikers, who are in a decent position after signing and letting go some players. They bring in veteran BBL batsman Cameron White and English international Phil Salt, who are both able to score quickly and effectively. Whenever Rashid begins his stint, you know that a wicket could fall at any time, which is why the Strikers are always in the contest. Australian batsman Travis Head could make a few appearances, but he looks set to stay at Test level for now.

Top runscorer: Jake Weatherald @ $3.75 with Sportsbet
Top wicket-taker: Rashid Khan @ $2.40
Championship odds: $7
To qualify for finals: $1.50
Least wins odds: $7

Brisbane Heat BBL odds

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The Bash Brothers pairing of Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum were amazing to watch, but McCullum’s retirement means the spot is open for the taking. Ben Cutting appears to be the next best option considering Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne are with Australia. Max Bryant is a heavy hitter that will be great to watch this season, whilst South African legend AB de Villiers will also make his way over for the final six matches and finals. Picking up Ben Laughlin was an outstanding move, as the leading BBL wicket-taker still has more to give.

Top runscorer: Chris Lynn @ $1.91 with Sportsbet
Top wicket-taker: Josh Lalor @ $3.25
Championship odds: $5
To qualify for finals: $1.20
Least wins odds: $10

Hobart Hurricanes BBL odds

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Last season appeared to be the best one yet for Hobart as they finished first on the ladder with good form, but it fell apart in the finals. Now that Jofra Archer is a household name and won’t return to the Hurricanes, they have signed powerful South African hitter David Miller. D’Arcy Short will be the heart and soul of the Canes this year after producing career-best numbers with bat and ball in BBL 8. Matthew Wade will re-join the squad once he finishes Test duties.

Top runscorer: D’Arcy Short @ $2.20 with Sportsbet
Top wicket-taker: Qais Ahmad @ $3.25
Championship odds: $6
To qualify for finals: $1.33
Least win odds: $8.50

Melbourne Renegades BBL odds

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Being the reigning champs can put a target on your back, but there has been less talk about the Renegades this year compared to other teams like the Heat and Stars. Signing Shaun Marsh is massive and could be one of the best recruitments in the comp. Marsh will relieve Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris of an enormous amount of pressure, which will allow the Renegades to bat with more flair and intent. Kane Richardson is pressing for more international action, but Australia’s vast bowling depth could see the South Australian seamer end up as the BBL’s top wicket-taker.

Top runscorer: Shaun Marsh @ $2.50 with Sportsbet
Top wicket-taker: Kane Richardson @ $2.88
Championship odds: $7
To qualify for finals: $1.50
Least wins odds: $6.50

Melbourne Stars BBL odds

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The Melbourne Stars remind us of the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors, filled from top to bottom with guns. The middle order is loaded with international-level talent, including Nic Maddison, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Peter Handscomb. With Nathan Coulter-Nile adding much-needed pace alongside leg spinner Adam Zampa, the Stars will be tough to beat in the first and last parts of the season when their squad is not riddled with international absentees. Dwayne Bravo has stepped away from BBL cricket, but Dale Steyn will add serious star quality the first six weeks.

Top runscorer: Marcus Stoinis @ $3.75 with Sportsbet
Top wicket-taker: Sandeep Lamichhane @ $2.25
Championship odds: $5
To qualify for finals: $1.20
Least wins odds: $10

Perth Scorchers BBL odds

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No team was hit as hard as the Perth Scorchers in the off season, with Shaun Marsh, Hilton Cartwright, Michael Klinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile all moving on. Picking up Chris Jordan as an international will be crucial, as he is ranked among the world’s top 10 bowlers in T20 cricket. Ashton Agar and Jhye Richardson will keep the opposition honest with their good economies, whilst Mitchell Marsh is still a high-class Twenty20 all-rounder.

Top runscorer: Cameron Bancroft @ $4.33 with Sportsbet
Top wicket-taker: Chris Jordan @ $3.75
Championship odds: $7
To qualify for finals: $1.50
Least wins odds: $7

Sydney Sixers BBL odds

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If the Sixers can win enough games in the middle section of the BBL, they could be in a good enough position to make a run at the finals when Steve Smith joins the roster. With the best batsman in the world on your side, anything is possible. A blend of youth and experience leads the bowlers as Tom Curran returns alongside Sean Abbott and Stephen O’Keefe, whilst Lloyd Pope and Daniel Fallins are two of the best young spinners. Watch out for the Sixers if they can make the finals this season.

Top runscorer: Daniel Hughes @ $2.80 with Sportsbet
Top wicket-taker: Sean Abbott @ $3.50
Championship odds: $10
To qualify for finals: $1.91
Least wins odds: $4.33

Sydney Thunder BBL odds

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Usman Khawaja is the main point of emphasis for the Thunder, as he is a chance to play the entire BBL season after losing his Test spot. English stars Jos Buttler and Joe Root have not returned this season, yet the Thunder have put together a solid squad without splurging on big signings. Look out for 17-year-old Tanveer Sangha, who will excite crowds with his accurate spin, and Daniel Sams for his blistering pace and big hitting.

Top runscorer: Usman Khawaja @ $2.88 with Sportsbet
Top wicket-taker: Daniel Sams @ $3.50
Championship odds: $10
To qualify for finals: $2.10
Least wins odds: $4.33

2019-20 BBL outright betting

Given the unpredictability of Twenty20 cricket and the even spread of talent throughout the BBL, the range of odds has never been smaller. For a professional sporting league to only have a five-dollar difference between the favourites and outsiders is remarkable, pointing towards a season that could go in any direction.

With the national teams having first dibs on the top players, you can never be completely confident that your top talent will be available each week. That is a big problem for the Sydney Sixers, who will not see either Josh Hazlewood or Steve Smith until the last few matches of the season. The Sydney Thunder will be in a similar position if Usman Khawaja breaks back into the international setup.

Brisbane Heat and the Melbourne Stars are the most popular BBL betting selections right now due to their consistency over the league’s eight seasons. The Heat are never out of the contest when Chris Lynn is around, while the Stars are loaded with Australia reps and international talent.

The Melbourne Renegades are the reigning champions and have a great chance to go again this time around. They still have most of last season’s squad and acquired Shaun Marsh, who is a bona fide star of the Twenty20 game. The Renegades are our tip to win BBL 9 at $7 with Sportsbet.

$5 – Brisbane Heat, Melbourne Stars
$6 – Hobart Hurricanes
$7 – Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Renegades, Perth Scorchers
$10 – Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder

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