BBL|10 The Challenger: Scorchers v Heat betting tips, prediction & odds
Welcome to our Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat betting tips, winner prediction and odds analysis for The Challenger final of the 2020-21 Big Bash League at Manuka Oval, Canberra, on Thursday, February 4.
This match was scheduled to be played at the Scorchers’ home ground, Optus Stadium, in Perth but was switched with Western Australia entering a hard five-day lockdown to try to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak.
The winners of this clash move on to the final to face Sydney Sixers at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday night.
There is another factor playing in favour of the Heat, and that is momentum. They have overcome a slow start to the season, won a do-or-die final-round match against these very Scorchers at Adelaide Oval last week and then won two knockout finals against the Strikers and Thunder in impressive fashion.
Meanwhile, the Scorchers were the hottest team in the BBL but successive losses against the Heat and Sixers will have dented their confidence. They need to arrest the slide and quickly if they want to add another title.
The good news for Ashton Turner’s team is that they have been highly competitive and batted well in those two matches, so they just need their world-class bowling attack to kick it up a notch.
Some wet weather is forecast for Canberra on Thursday and Friday so be sure to check the conditions closer to the match as any rain interruption can have a massive say in the outcome of these T20 matches.
Read on for our free Scorchers v Heat tips ahead of their T20 clash in Canberra on Thursday, February 4.
How the BBL|10 finals series works, results
The Eliminator: Brisbane Heat (4) v Adelaide Strikers (5). Heat 4-131 (18.5 overs; Jimmy Peirson 47no, Joe Denly 41) d Strikers 7-130 (20 overs; Jake Weatherald 32; Marnus Labuschagne 3-13) by six wickets at the Gabba. Player of the match: Jimmy Peirson.
The Qualifier: Sydney Sixers (1) v Perth Scorchers (2). Sixers 1-169 (17 overs; James Vince 98no; Liam Livingstone 1-16) d Scorchers 6-167 (20 overs; Josh Inglis 69no; Ben Dwarshuis 2-40) by nine wickets at Manuka Oval. Player of the match: James Vince.
The Knock-Out: Sydney Thunder (3) v Brisbane Heat (4). Heat 3-162 (19.1 overs; Sam Heazlett 74no; Jimmy Peirson 43no) d Thunder 8-158 (20 overs; Sam Billings 34, Ben Cutting 34no; Mark Steketee 2-22, Mitchell Swepson 2-28) by seven wickets at Manuka Oval. Player of the match: Sam Heazlett.
The Challenger: Perth Scorchers (2) v Brisbane Heat (4), Thursday, February 4, Manuka Oval, Canberra, 7.40pm aedt.
THE FINAL: Sydney Sixers (winner of Qualifier) v winner of Challenger. Saturday, February 6, SCG, 7.15pm AEDT
Scorchers v Heat BBL teams
Perth Scorchers (possible): Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Josh Inglis (wk), Mitch Marsh, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed.
Brisbane Heat (possible): Chris Lynn (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Denly, Sam Heazlett, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Lewis Gregory, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Mitch Swepson, Ben Laughlin, Morne Morkel.
Scorchers v Heat BBL odds
Head to head odds: Perth Scorchers $1.70, Brisbane Heat $2.15
Man of the match betting:
$8 Chris Lynn
$9 Colin Munro, Jason Roy, Marnus Labuschagne
$10 Liam Livingstone, Jhye Richardson
$11 Mitchell Marsh, Joe Denly
$13 Josh Inglis
Top run scorer Scorchers odds:
$3.75 Jason Roy
$4 Colin Munro
$4.50 Luke Livingstone
$5.50 Josh Inglis
$6 Mitchell Marsh
$6.50 Sam Whiteman
$8 Ashton Turner
Top run scorer Heat odds:
$3.20 Chris Lynn
$4 Marnus Labuschagne
$5 Max Bryant, Joe Denly
$8 Tom Cooper, Joe Burns
Top wicket-taker Scorchers odds:
$3.25 Jhye Richardson
$4 Andrew Tye
$4.50 Jason Behrendorff
$5 Fawad Ahmed, Matthew Kelly
$5.50 Joel Paris
$6 Corey Rocchiccioli
$6.50 Aaron Hardie
Top wicket-taker Heat odds:
$3.75 Mark Steketee
$4.50 Morne Morkel, Jack Wildermuth, Mitchell Swepson
$5 Ben Laughlin, Marnus Labuschagne, Xavier Bartlett
$5.50 Matthew Kuhnemann
$6.50 Lewis Gregory
Scorchers v Heat betting tips
Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several Scorchers v Heat tips for Thursday’s BBL clash.
Marnus Labuschagne top scorer for Heat
Yes, Chris Lynn is a legend in T20 cricket and carries a lot of the hopes of his side but we have not liked how he has been dismissed in the past few matches. He goes hard at the ball right from the first over and when it comes off it can be devastating. But the Scorchers have a brilliant bowling attack and Lynn will have to take big risks early. We are betting on the world-class batsman Labuschagne to anchor the innings.
Jason Behrendorff most wickets for Scorchers
We tipped the left-arm paceman to lead wicket-takers for Perth in the most recent clash between these teams and he did not let us down, taking two wickets to tie for the honour. Behrendorff is a high-class paceman and can slip under the Heat’s guard with Richardson and Tye also keeping the pressure on the batsmen. Of course check the weather to make sure our man will get his full four overs!
Scorchers v Heat prediction 4/2/2021
The Heat have hit form at just the right time and things have fallen their way. But overall the Scorchers have been the more consistent team since Christmas and they also look to have a better pace bowling attack and more reliable opening partnership. That may just give them the edge. Our final Scorchers v Heat prediction: Scorchers to win in a tight one.
Scorchers v Heat lowdown
Australia: Fox Sports, KAYO, Channel Seven. South Africa: SuperSport. Britain: BT Sport. India: Sony Sports Network. Live stream: SonyLiv. New Zealand: Sky Sport. Pakistan: Ten Sports. Sri Lanka: Sony Six. West Indies: Sports Max, Flow Sports.
The game starts at 7.40pm local time (2.10pm India Standard Time) on February 4, 2021.
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