Melbourne Stars: $1.60 with Sportsbet
Sydney Thunder: $2.36
Two of the top three Big Bash League teams will face off at the MCG this Wednesday night when the Melbourne Stars host the Sydney Thunder.
Sitting first and third respectively in the BBL09 standings, the Stars and Thunder are two of the most watchable teams in the league and boast top-tier players with both bat and bowl.
The Stars have been good enough to win five of their six matches, placing them on top of the league, whilst the Sydney Thunder have won three of their six games.
These teams played each other only last week at the Sydney Showgrounds, where the Stars won in the final over with three wickets remaining.
The opening duo for the Sydney Thunder only made one run on the day, whilst Nick Larkin (65) and Marcus Stoinis (58) batted the Stars to victory after a slow start.
Regardless of past results, this match is set to be a thriller at the MCG.
Stars vs Thunder top batsman tips
Glenn Maxwell most runs @ $4.20 with Sportsbet
Glenn Maxwell is a star of the BBL and will see this as a good opportunity to get going. Maxwell is capable of hitting to both sides of the ground, and which makes him a dangerous customer when facing a Thunder side with plenty of spinners. If Marcus Stoinis doesn’t take over, look for the Big Show to be the best batsman for Stars.
Usman Khawaja most runs @ $3.60 with Sportsbet
The Thunder’s old stagers have shown this season that experience counts for plenty. Callum Ferguson and Usman Khawaja are the standout bats for the Green Machine, and we rate Khawaja’s chances here. Khawaja will enjoy the size of the MCG and can use his soft touch to pick out singles and twos, while his ballstriking is up there with the best of them.
Stars vs Thunder top bowler betting
Nathan Coulter-Nile most wickets @ $4.50 with Sportsbet
It has taken a while, but Nathan Coulter-Nile has started to get better and begin taking wickets for the Stars. If Coulter-Nile can target good line and length against the likes of Alex Hales and Matthew Gilkes, he can catch them out with subtle variations of pace and bounce.
Daniel Sams most wickets @ $3.40 with Sportsbet
With the most wickets in the BBL this season, Daniel Sams has become the most dangerous bowler for the Sydney Thunder. The ultra-consistent quick has 12 wickets and will find a way to get a few more scalps on Wednesday. Sams has been a double-edged sword, as his economy isn’t the best, but you can’t knock his wicket-taking ability.
Stars vs Thunder betting predictions
Melbourne Stars to win @ $1.60 with Sportsbet
The Stars have only lost one game this season, making them the obvious choice in this match at the MCG. Having already beaten the Thunder on their own deck, the green half of Melbourne will salute again with the home field advantage.
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