Stars v Scorchers betting tips, prediction & odds; BBL match 50 Preview
Welcome to our Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers betting tips, winner prediction and odds analysis for Game 50 of the 2020-21 Big Bash League at the MCG in Melbourne on Saturday, January 23.
This match is the second in a double-header on the day and looms as one of the matches of the season as the Stars fight to get back in the title mix.
A win in this game or their final match against the Sixers would ensure the Stars finish top five, but if they lose both they could miss out entirely.
The Stars will be without West Indies opener Andre Fletcher, who was due to depart after this game to play in the UAE’s T10 league.
Fletcher suffered a calf strain in the loss to the Renegades during the week. He had an average campaign overall, with one good knock but a string of failures with the bat. He was, though, outstanding in the outfield.
Meanwhile, the red-hot Scorchers have won seven of their past eight matches and are eyeing a spot in the top two for the finals. The Stars could also finish top two if they can win both their remaining matches and other results fall their way.
The Scorchers defeated the Hurricanes just a day earlier than this match, with another powerhouse bowling display from the likes of the competition’s leading wicket-taker so far Jhye Richardson.
Both teams have pretty close to their strongest line-ups, though the Stars may consider including pace bowler Billy Stanlake for this clash.
Read on for our free Stars v Scorchers tips ahead of their T20 clash in Melbourne on Saturday, January 23.
Stars v Scorchers BBL teams
Melbourne Stars (possible): Marcus Stoinis, Andre Fletcher, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Nic Maddinson, Hilton Cartwright, Seb Gotch (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Liam Hatcher, Zahir Khan.
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.
Stars v Scorchers BBL odds
Head to head odds: Melbourne Stars $2.10, Perth Scorchers $1.73
Man of the match betting:
$7 Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell
$7.50 Jason Roy
$10 Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro
$11 Adam Zampa, Josh Inglis
$13 Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Marsh, Jhye Richardson
Top run scorer Stars odds:
$3.25 Marcus Stoinis
$4 Glenn Maxwell
$5 James Seymour
$6 Nick Larkin
$6.50 Hilton Cartwright, Nic Maddinson
Top run scorer Scorchers odds:
$3.50 Jason Roy
$3.75 Colin Munro
$4.25 Luke Livingstone
$5 Josh Inglis
$5.50 Mitchell Marsh
$6 Sam Whiteman
$8 Ashton Turner, Cameron Bancroft, Kurtis Patterson
Top wicket-taker Stars odds:
$3.50 Adam Zampa
$4 Nathan Coulter-Nile
$4.50 Liam Hatcher, Zahir Khan
$5 Billy Stanlake, Sam Rainbird
$5.50 Tom O’Connell
Top wicket-taker Scorchers odds:
$3.50 Jhye Richardson
$4.25 Andrew Tye
$4.50 Jason Behrendorff
$5 Fawad Ahmed, Matthew Kelly
$5.50 Cameron Gannon, Joel Paris
$6 Corey Rocchiccioli
Stars v Scorchers betting tips
Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several Stars v Scorchers tips for Saturday night’s BBL clash.
Marcus Stoinis man of the match
Stoinis is a proven commodity at the highest levels of the game and has a chance to remind national selectors of his ability in the shorter forms of the game. He is back bowling but it should be with the willow that he makes an impression on a ground that favours a powerful hitter such as him. He is also around $3.25 to be top run-scorers for the Stars.
Stars to win at $2.10 with Unibet
The Stars are a vastly experienced side and the departure of Fletcher may not necessarily hamper them as he really has had an up and down season. Internationals such as Stoinis, Maxwell, Zampa and Coulter-Nile will be primed for big displays plus the Scorchers are coming off a game a day earlier. We think the Stars can fire on their home deck.
Stars v Scorchers prediction 23/1/2021
The only other clash between these two teams this season was washed out in Tasmania. On form the Scorchers will take some beating but the Stars’ best is certainly good enough. Some of their big guns are due for big performances and it’s now or never for them to launch a title claim. Our final Stars v Scorchers prediction: Stars to win.
Stars v Scorchers 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 7.15pm local time (1.45pm India Standard Time) on January 23, 2021.
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