Stars v Heat betting tips, prediction & odds; BBL Game 2 Preview

Welcome to our Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat betting tips, winner prediction and odds analysis for Game 2 of the 2020-21 Big Bash League at Manuka Oval, Canberra, on Friday, December 11.

The 10th edition of the BBL starts with all matches in hubs in Tasmania and Canberra up until the match between the Heat and Strikers on December 23 at the Gabba in Brisbane.

This second match between the Stars and Heat brings together probably the two greatest underachieving franchises in the BBL.

The Stars have had a powerful, experienced squad for years but have a best result of runner-up the past two season. The Brisbane Heat win the second BBL but have largely been a non-entity since, despite boasting BBL great Chris Lynn as their leading light.

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Heading into the 2020-21 season, the Stars have again pulled together a powerful squad and are among the favourites to finally lift the title. The Heat have shaken things up in an attempt to improve, but have been rocked by the withdrawal of star English dashed Tom Banton.

An interesting inclusion for the Heat is former South African superstar Morne Morkel, who lives in Brisbane and counts as a local player these days. He is unlikely to be available for their first few matches because he is recovering from ankle surgery.

The also are missing Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne and leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson who are all on Test duty.

Read on for our free Stars v Heat tips ahead of their T20 clash in Canberra on Friday, December 11.

Stars v Heat BBL teams

Melbourne Stars (possible): Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell (c), Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch (wk), Clinton Hinchliffe, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Lance Morris/Dilbar Hussain, Billy Stanlake.

Brisbane Heat (possible):  Chris Lynn (c), Max Bryant, Dan Lawrence, Sam Heazlett, Tom Cooper, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Matthew Kuhnemann, Connor Sully, Lachlan Pfeffer, Simon Milenko, Ben Laughlin.

Stars v Heat BBL odds

Head to head odds: Melbourne Stars $1.67, Brisbane Heat $2.20

Man of the match betting:
$7 Marcus Stoinis
$8 Glenn Maxwell
$9 Chris Lynn
$13 Max Bryant, Andre Fletcher, Daniel Lawrence
$15+ others

Top batsman Stars odds:
$3.25 Marcus Stoinis
$4.25 Glenn Maxwell
$5 Hilton Cartwright, Andre Fletcher
$6.50 Nick Larkin
$7.50 Ben Dunk

Top batsman Heat odds:
$3.25 Chris Lynn
$4.50 Max Bryant
$5 Daniel Lawrence
$5.50 Sam Heazlett
$6.50 Tom Cooper
$7 Lewis Gregory

Top wicket-taker Stars odds:
$4 Adam Zampa
$4.25 Nathan Coulter-Nile
$5 Jackson Coleman , Dilbar Hussain, Zahir Khan, Billy Stanlake

Top wicket-taker Heat odds:
$3.75 Ben Laughlin
$4.50 Morne Morkel, Mark Steketee
$5 Lewis Gregory
$5.50 Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Matthew Kuhnemann

Stars v Heat betting tips

Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat tips for Friday’s BBL clash.

Stars to win at $1.67

There are always plenty of upsets in the BBL, especially early in the season. but the Stars look a class above the severely weakened Heat, who are also missing Mujeeb ur Rahman, who has contracted Covid-19, along with their Test trio and pacemen Jack Wildermuth and Mark Steketee to call-ups for the Australia A team. The Stars are still waiting on a couple of their imports but have a stack of quality all-rounders to ensure they start the season in style.

No half-century scored in match

Unibet Australia is offering a market on whether or not a half-century will be scored in the match. Batting was largely difficult in the recent limited-overs internationals at this ground so we will take the odds to it that no player will reach 50 this time, with many players having their first short-form knocks for some time.

Stars v Heat prediction 11/12/2020

Both teams will be missing several key players for their season opener but as mentioned the Heat are in a lot worse shape for this one. Stars have last year’s top run-scorer Marcus Stoinis ready to explode at the top of the order and the likes of Maxwell and Coulter-Nile to pick up the pace further down. The Heat will rely heavily on Chris Lynn returning to the sort of form that a couple of years back made him the best T20 slugger in the BBL. Our final Hurricanes v Sixers prediction: An easy win for Glenn Maxwell’s Stars.

Stars v Heat lowdown

How can I watch the Stars v Heat 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 Stars v Heat 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 Stars v Heat game start?

The game starts at 7.15pm local time (1.45pm India Standard Time) on December 11, 2020.

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