Big Bash League (BBL05) Round 1 Betting Tips

December 16, 2015 by Posted in Betting Tips, Cricket Tips


The biggest Big Bash League in history has arrived and the excitement is quite evident around the country as BBL05 Round 1 is about to begin!. As the curtain rises on the BBL05 extravaganza, the BBL will do its bit to confirm itself as one of the premier T20 competitions in the world.

The first BBL05 matches kick off on Thursday December 17th and we preview all the action with our latest cricket betting tips.

Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers at Spotless Stadium (Dec 17, 7:40 PM local)

What better than to kick off the competition with a derby! Bragging rights are usually on the line in local derbies but this is one fixture that the Sixers have completely dominated winning all seven of their previous encounters against their cross-town rivals.

The Thunder are the perennial whipping boys of the BBL but there is genuine optimism for this year. The presence of Michael Hussey, Jacques Kallis and the explosive skills of Shane Watson and Andre Russell gives their batting genuine power. Bowling could be a worry though.

The Sixers have revamped their side adding proven T20 exponents to their squad and should be looking to do one better than last year’s runner-up finish. Injuries to Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith are a blow but the presence of Johan Botha is a huge boost.

Verdict: The Sixers should continue their dominance.
Bet on the Sixers at Sportsbet – $1.60

Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars at Adelaide Oval (Dec 18, 7:10 PM locaL)

Jason Gillespie will look to improve upon last year’s semi-final exit for the hosts as the Strikers start their BBL05 journey with a revamped squad. There’s still firepower in the batting with Brad Hodge and Mahela Jayawardene expected to shepherd the youthful line up. Ben Laughlin will be the one to watch out for with the ball.

The Stars are omnipresent in the semi-finals line up every BBL season so far but have failed to progress past that hurdle. The presence of Kevin Pietersen gives them a zip while hard-hitting Glenn Maxwell and Luke Wright provide the edge. The squad is balanced on paper and should be a threat to the Strikers.

Verdict: Upsets are common early in the season and the Strikers could spring a surprise here.
Bet on the Strikers at Sportsbet – $2.28

Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Renegades at the Gabba (Dec 19, 6:10 PM local)

The Heat finished at the bottom of the pile last season and will look for considerable improvement this year under new coach Daniel Vettori. Off-season recruits Samuel Badree, Lendl Simmons and Andrew Feketee could turn out to be excellent buys and it shapes to be a vital season for the hard hitting Chris Lynn.

If title is won on paper, the Renegades will be hard to beat. Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch and Cameron White are three of the most feared batsman of this format while Dwayne Bravo and Xavier Doherty have tons of experience. It would depend on Gayle starring with the bat for the visitors.

Verdict:The Renegades look a good thing here.
Bet on the Renegades at Sportsbet – $1.71

Sydney Sixers vs Hobart Hurricanes at the SCG (Dec 20, 4:20 PM local)

The Sixers will play their second match in four days to round off the action in Round 1 of BBL05. Though T20 is not about momentum, a winning start on the opening day could help the hosts in this game and at worst, they will have shaken off some rust. Nic Maddinson’s pyrotechnics could be the difference for them.
The Hurricanes had a mixed bag of performances in the four seasons so far and will be looking for some consistent output this year. Kumar Sangakkara will provide calmness to the line up which possess the dangerous Ben Dunk at the top. Shaun Tait, though, could be the star with the ball.

Verdict:Hurricanes are set to be the surprise package here.
Bet on the Hurricanes at Sportsbet – $2.30


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