Big Bash League (BBL07) Round 1 Tips

December 18, 2017 by Posted in Cricket Tips

Big Bash League BBL07The Ashes may be the biggest series for a lot of cricket fans, but for those down under, the Big Bash is equally big. The seventh edition of the KFC Big Bash (BBL07) will kick start from Tuesday, December 19 and we look ahead with our BBL cricket tips for the first round of matches in this most-awaited tournament of the season!

Dec 19, 7:45 PM local: Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers at Spotless Stadium

The 2015-16 BBL winners, the Sydney Thunder, were dismal through the entire campaign last year finishing last. They will look to new signings Jos Buttler and Mitchell McCleneghan to lift their spirits. The loss of Andre Russell to a ban and the absence of Pat Cummins and Usman Khawaja will be a void.

Last season’s runner-up, the Sydney Sixers, start with almost the same squad but without any big new international signings which may make them a little vulnerable. Moises Henriques will continue to be their lynchpin and they have an array of strong hitters like Nic Maddinson, Daniel Hughes, and Jason Roy that suit this format.

The Sixers have 8-3 record over Thunder and look good to win here.

TIP: Sydney Sixers to win – $1.77 at CrownBet

Dec 20, 6:40 PM local: Brisbane Heat vs Melbourne Stars at The Gabba

The Brisbane Heat reached the semi-finals last season despite Chris Lynn’s heroics, but have faltered when he didn’t play, which could be their problem once again. Lynn is recovering from shoulder surgery so his form and fitness will be a question early in the tournament. Shadab Khan is an excellent addition and Brendon McCullum can still pack a punch. Watch out for Mitchell Swepson who is touted as the next big leggie down-under.

The Melbourne Stars made their customary semi-finals last year and made their customary exit too! The signing of Ben Dunk could work wonders for them and the presence of English duo Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright makes them one of the favourites.

Heat have a 4-2 record against Stars, after a shaky preseason for the Stars, we’re backing the Heat to continue to hold that edge.

TIP: Brisbane Heat to win – $1.95 at CrownBet

Dec 21, 7:40 PM local: Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Renegades at Hobart

The Hobart Hurricanes finished seventh last year, but have made some good additions in pace bowling with Tymal Mills and Jofra Archer. The absence of Tim Paine, who is currently playing the Ashes, is a huge worry. They have picked up Matthew Wade but their batting still looks short-changed.

The Renegades missed out on the semis last season, but the return of all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and the presence of Aaron Finch gives them a lot of stability. Watch out for the Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi who may surprise a few.

The Hurricanes were impressive in a couple of preseason matches, but the Renegades should be too strong here.

TIP: Melbourne Renegades to win – $1.73 at CrownBet

Dec 22, 7:10 PM local: Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval

The Adelaide Strikers finished sixth last season but have made some shrewd purchases in Colin Ingram and Rashid Khan. Both are excellent T20 specialists and should make this side much better. The loss of Ben Dunk puts a question mark on their batting which means a lot of pressure on young skipper Travis Head.

The Sydney Thunder will come to this game after the opening day derby against the Sixers. A lot will depend on Shane Watson and how he can rally his troops, and they will be keen to ensure they don’t finish round one at 0-2.

TIP: Adelaide Strikers to win – $1.85 at CrownBet

* Always gamble responsibly

Written by Bet King - Sports Betting Tips

Bet King provides betting previews, promotions and advice on the latest sports events around the globe. We also aim to provide comprehensive reviews of the best betting sites in Australia. Make Bet King your number #1 choice for expert betting tips. Betting Tips

Leave a Reply