Scorchers v Stars betting tips, prediction & odds; BBL Game 9 Preview

BBL game 9: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars

Welcome to our Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars betting tips, winner prediction and odds analysis for Game 9 of the 2020-21 Big Bash League at University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston, on Wednesday, December 16.

This is the second match of the tournament for the highly fancied Scorchers, who failed miserably in their opener against the Melbourne Renegades at Blundstone Arena last Saturday.

The Scorchers batted first but managed only 130, with Josh Lalor and Kane Richardson destroying their batting line-up with three wickets apiece. The Renegades lost only three wickets in overhauling the target with 3.3 overs to spare as former Perth star Shaun Marsh blasted 62.

The one bright spot was a dangerous bowling performance from front-line Scorchers paceman Jhye Richardson.

Perth Scorchers have star imports Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone in hotel quarantine and will look a lot more dangerous if Roy finds his mojo early.

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Meanwhile, the Stars have enjoyed a stellar start to their BBL campaign with resounding wins against the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder but the Scorchers seem certain to provide a much stiffer contest.

The Stars are in the fortunate position of having arguably the best short-form cricketers in the country available and unlikely to be called into the Australian Test set-up in Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa and Nathan Coulter-Nile. That is a foursome that would get a game in any team in the BBL and makes them so hard to beat. And they should also regain Nic Maddinson from Australia A duty this week.

Read on for our free Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars tips ahead of their T20 clash in Launceston on Wednesday, December 16.

Scorchers v Stars BBL teams

Perth Scorchers (possible): Josh Inglis (wk), Colin Munro, Joe Clarke, Mitch Marsh, Ashton Turner (c), Cameron Bancroft, Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed.

Melbourne Stars (possible):  Marcus Stoinis, Andre Fletcher, Hilton Cartwright, Glenn Maxwell (c), Nic Maddinson, Ben Dunk (wk), Clint Hinchliffe, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, Dilbar Hussain.

Scorchers v Stars BBL odds

Head to head odds: Perth Scorchers $2.25, Melbourne Stars $1.64

Man of the match betting:
$7 Marcus Stoinis
$7.50 Glenn Maxwell
$10 Josh Inglis, Colin Munro
$11 Hilton Cartwright, Andre Fletcher
$12 Nic Maddinson, Joe Clarke, Mitchell Marsh
$13+ others

Top batsman Scorchers odds:
$4 Colin Munro
$4.25 Josh Inglis
$4.50 Joe Clarke
$5 Mitchell Marsh
$6 Sam Whiteman

Top batsman Stars odds:
$3.25 Marcus Stoinis
$4 Glenn Maxwell
$5 Hilton Cartwright, Andre Fletcher, Nic Maddinson
$7.50 Nick Larkin, Ben Dunk

Top wicket-taker Scorchers odds:
$3.75 Andrew Tye
$4 Jhye Richardson
$4.33 Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed
$5 Matthew Kelly, Joel Paris

Top wicket-taker Stars odds:
$3.75 Nathan Coulter-Nile
$4 Adam Zampa
$4.33 Zahir Khan
$5 Dilbar Hussain, Billy Stanlake

Scorchers v Stars betting tips

Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars for Wednesday’s BBL clash.

Scorchers to win

We like the $2.25 on offer about a high-class side in the Scorchers. T20s are nothing if not unpredictable and the Perth team boasts a high-class bowling line-up and a dangerous if not outstanding batting line-up. We will go with them to bounce back from their opening defeat.

Mitchell Marsh man of the match at $12

Marsh has been the next big thing in Australian cricket for many years but now has become something of the forgotten man as his Western Australia teammate Cameron Green has arrived to great fanfare. That might be just the rocket needed for Marsh to find his best and again press his claims for international honours in the limited-overs formats. He is dangerous with bat and ball and should be playing a little angry.

Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars prediction 16/12/2020

The Scorchers were plain in their opening hit-out but we still see them as one of the likely winners of the title in BBL10. They should be a different side when Jason Roy become available to open but in the meantime they have a quality bowling attack. They need to make early inroads against the likes of Stoinis and Maxwell and that would set them on the path to victory. Our final Scorchers v Stars prediction: Scorchers to get off the mark for season 2020-21.

Scorchers v Stars lowdown

How can I watch the Scorchers v Stars BBL clash?

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.

How can I bet on the Scorchers v Stars game?

All of the top Australian betting sites will offer markets on cricket, while international readers can check out the best cricket betting sites.

What time does the Scorchers v Stars game start?

The game starts at 7.15pm local time (1.45pm India Standard Time) on December 16, 2020.

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