Stars v Strikers betting tips, prediction & odds; BBL match 40 Preview
Welcome to our Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers betting tips, winner prediction and odds analysis for Game 40 of the 2020-21 Big Bash League at the MCG on Friday, January 15.
These teams met for the first time this tournament at Adelaide Oval on Monday, with the Strikers winning by five wickets in the final match of the season for star Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.
As always Khan was a key player; his dismissal of Stars superstar Glenn Maxwell first ball was a huge setback as the Stars batted first and were restricted to 7-149.
The Strikers had few difficulties hauling in that total, and now the season is pretty much on the line for the highly rated Stars, who have lost five of their past six matches.
The Stars’ problem has not been entirely in scoring runs; more that they have been too easy to score against. Star all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who has run into great form with the bat as opener, is ready to bowl again for this match and that could help as he is generally a clever medium-pacer and hard to hit.
The Strikers hope to regain paceman Peter Siddle, who missed the clash on Monday because of a fractured thumb on his non-bowling hand.
This match is huge for both teams. A win to the Stars and they could draw level on points with the fourth-placed Strikers. A loss, and it’s probably curtains for BBL10 for Glenn Maxwell’s team.
Read on for our free Stars v Strikers tips ahead of their T20 clash in Melbourne on Friday, January 15.
Stars v Strikers BBL teams
Melbourne Stars (possible): Andre Fletcher, Marcus Stoinis, Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Nic Maddinson, Hilton Cartwright, Seb Gotch (wk), Adam Zampa, Sam Rainbird, Liam Hatcher/Billy Stanlake, Haris Rauf.
Adelaide Strikers (possible): Matthew Renshaw, Phil Salt, Alex Carey (c) (wk), Jonathan Wells, Jake Weatherald, Ryan Gibson, Daniel Worrall, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Peter Siddle, Harry Conway.
Stars v Strikers BBL odds
Head to head odds: Melbourne Stars $1.70, Adelaide Strikers $2.15.
Man of the match betting:
$7 Marcus Stoinis
$7.50 Glenn Maxwell
$8 Alex Carey
$11 Phil Salt, Jake Weatherald
$12 Matt Renshaw
Top run scorer Stars odds:
$3.25 Marcus Stoinis
$3.50 Glenn Maxwell
$5.50 Andre Fletcher
$6 Nick Larkin
$6.50 Hilton Cartwright
Top run scorer Strikers odds:
$3.75 Alex Carey
$4 Phil Salt
$4.33 Matt Renshaw
$5.50 Jake Weatherald, Jon Wells
$9 Ryan Gibson
Top wicket-taker Stars odds:
$3.50 Adam Zampa
$3.75 Haris Rauf
$4 Nathan Coulter-Nile
$4.50 Liam Hatcher
$5 Billy Stanlake, Sam Rainbird, Lance Morris, Tom O’Connell
Top wicket-taker Strikers odds:
$3.50 Wes Agar
$4 Peter Siddle
$4.33 Dan Worrall
$5 Danny Briggs, Harry Conway, Liam O’Connor
Stars v Strikers betting tips
Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several Stars v Strikers tips for Friday night’s BBL clash.
Melbourne Stars most match sixes
The Stars have not been great head to head but they are still one of the real power-hitting teams of the competition thanks to the likes of Stoinis and Maxwell. The Strikers are well down the list of sixes hit for the season so we will confidently tip the Stars to hit more maximums at the big MCG. Be aware that there is a third option for the teams to hit the same number of sixes so your team must win outright in this market.
Haris Rauf most wickets for Stars
The Pakistan speedster has had a bit of a rough return to the BBL in the past couple of games but he should be a lot better suited in the first match of the BBL season at the MCG.
Stars v Strikers prediction 15/1/2021
The Strikers have been fairly consistent this season but they look nowhere near as dangerous without Khan to bring the magic. They will be sweating on Travis Head getting back from Test duties to boost them in the run home. Our final Stars v Strikers prediction: Stars to win the return bout and stay in the final mix with a good run of games to come.
Stars v Strikers 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 15, 2021.
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