Wednesday, January 8

Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Sixers (3:40pm AEDT)
Sixers to Win ($2.10)

For the second time in only four days, the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Sixers will do battle, in a match that is likely to have big implications on the make-up of the top five.

The Strikers have been a model of consistency all season but have suffered two defeats in succession heading into this one. A third would be reasonably damning and would render them sitting ducks to the opponents sitting on the edge of a finals berth.

The Sixers have been doing enough to win since the beginning of the season, but their last two wins have been particularly classy and have more than underlined their prospects of winning the whole thing. They are over the odds to win again and I am happy to be with them.

Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder (7:10pm AEDT)
Lamichhane 'Over' 1.5 Wickets ($2.63)

The competition-leading Stars will look to continue the Sydney Thunder’s woes when the two teams meet at the MCG tonight.

The Stars have suffered only the one defeat in BBL 9 and enter this match off the back of three-consecutive wins. Their performance against crosstown rivals the Renegades was tough, and they are fitting favourites to record another here.

The Thunder’s fall from grace continued on Monday night, this time in a rain-affected scrap with the Brisbane Heat. The was their second loss in succession and they are now in danger of dropping as low as sixth.

Sandeep Lamichhane was left out of the team last time that we tipped him, but he has been confirmed for a start tonight and I think he’ll get the most out of the MCG deck.