Here are our Feb 17 Big Bash Betting Tips. What has been an enthralling Big Bash League campaign comes to a surprise conclusion on Sunday as followers get the tournament’s grand final. It’ll be a late one for British fans who will be forced to set their alarms for an expected 3.45am GMT start time; however, if what has gone before the decider has taught us anything it’s that this will be well worth getting up for.
It promises to be an enjoyable day of cricket and bookmakers have done their bit to mark the occasion, laying out a spread of tempting betting markets, all with attractive odds attached. A shot at a nice price pay-out certainly makes the early rise more appealing.
Bet on a Winner
Bet on the winner of Sunday’s final and cheer on your team as they chase glory, or dive into the specials markets in the hope of uncovering a jewel. The pre-match betting offers the likes of top batsman; top bowler; first wicket method; highest opening partnership; first ball; man of the match; winning margin; total wickets, and plenty more besides.
Major firms, including Coral, offer enhanced odds on same game multiples and there’s also the #GetAPrice feature which allows you to propose a bet. If traders like your thinking they will give you a price and get it entered into their system to allow you and others to have a go.
Don’t worry if you hit the snooze button once too often as many of the more interesting markets remain throughout the match thanks to in-play betting. The likes of match winner and winning margins are altered to keep pace with play, or you can continue to bet with next wicket method designed to hold your attention throughout the morning.
Stars Shooting for Success
Melbourne Stars rate as the surprise package in this year’s final; however, they have hit form when it matters most and will be confident in their ability to go all the way and cap what has been an incredible second-half to the campaign. Stars finished fourth in the Big Bash League with a record of seven wins against seven defeats. They left it late, sneaking into the next round with a last-gasp victory to deny Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder by a point.
With the wind in their sails, Melbourne dished out the shock of the competition so far when eliminating league winners Hobart Hurricanes on Thursday by six wickets in what was an incredible match. You can never be too surprised by what happens in this tournament, but that result caught us all off-guard.
Hurricanes Blown Off-Course
Hurricanes hadn’t put a foot wrong going into the tie and were betting favourites to win both the match and the trophy outright, but were beaten by a narrow margin, the final scores reading Hobart 153-7 (20.0) against Melbourne’s 157-4 (18.5).
We’re still in a state of shock over that one; however, Stars have no time to sit back and admire their work. They have grabbed themselves a spot in the final two and, having already dealt with the favourites, there’s a confidence in the dressing room that they can finish the job on Sunday. With momentum behind them we really wouldn’t be in a rush to oppose Melbourne. Bookies have them priced at 10/11 (Coral) to beat Renegades.
Renegades Squeeze Through
It’ll be an all Melbourne affair in Sunday’s final pairing after the Melbourne Renegades beat Sydney Sixers in the other semi-final to put themselves in the mix for a title win that looked terribly unlikely just a couple of weeks ago. We now have a straight shoot-out that has divided opinion since Friday, with experts at a loss to nail down a strong selection, given the fact few expected the final we have in front of us.
Renegades finished the regular season second, with stats of eight wins and six defeats gifting 16 points. They may have finished four behind winners Hobart Hurricanes and level on points with Sydney Sixers; however, they now have a chance at the title, while the other two sides must watch the decider at home on television. It’s a funny old sport and one that cares not for reputation, or the thinking of bookies’ traders, for that matter.
How Much is Left?
Melbourne beat Sydney Thunder by 27 runs at the end of last month to catapult themselves into contention and followed that with a razor-thin three wickets win when facing-off against Sydney Sixers in Friday’s semi. The final scores read 187-7 (19.5) for the victors against the 180-3 (20.0) of their rivals who refused to go down without a fight. It was a thoroughly enjoyable match that went right down to the wire, but how much did it take out of the winning side and how much do Renegades have for Sunday’s final?
That’s an important question but we’ve got to imagine the chance to win the trophy outright will help put any niggling injuries and fatigue to one side, at least for the duration of the match. The staff will then have time to rest up and recover. Will they do that as champions? Bookmakers wasted no time in having their say and punters will find Renegades priced at 10/11 with Coral to beat rivals Stars on Sunday. That certainly won’t go unnoticed in the build-up.
Coral were the first up with their prices on the match winner and have it as a pick-em contest with Melbourne Renegades chalked on the betting board at 10/11, opponents Melbourne Stars also 10/11. That’s a bold call from traders who have jumped up on the fence and admitted this one it too tough for them to call, allowing backers to pay their money and make their choice.
That’s music to the ears of value hunters and we’re going to have our stake down on Stars who were much more impressive in the semis and look to have come onto their game at exactly the right time. They weren’t always convincing during the Big Bash League season but are looking winners now. We’re expecting a tight, tactical match and will have a side bet on under 11.5 sixes to be scored at 5/6, another punt for your accumulators.