Sports fans have another action-packed week of cricket ahead with all forms of the game scheduled. We also have a busy round of fixtures from the super exciting Australian T20 Big Bash League with some tantalising ties on the list. Check out our Big Bash League betting tips for this coming week.
The week gets started with Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes on Monday morning with an 8.15am GMT start advertised. There’s was a surprise in the betting as traders chose to take league leaders Hobart on, making them 11/10 second-favourites against the even money of Adelaide. Were you on?
This season’s Big Bash is sizing up to be one of the most competitive renewals in recent history and that has made for great viewing for armchair fans. Punters have also had plenty to smile about with bookmakers offering an avalanche of attractive betting markets in each game, including match winner, top batsman, top bowler, first wicket method, highest opening partnership, a hundred to be scored, and much more.
The play is fast and furious and those who decide to get involved with the in-play betting are guaranteed a thrilling ride. Watch the coverage live on BT Sport and bet as the game unfolds. The early start times make it a fantastic way to get your day off to a profitable start.
Update on the Outright Betting
Before taking a closer look at this week’s standout fixtures, we’ll update you on how the league table is looking, as well as how the outright betting is sizing up. Hobart Hurricanes continue to lead the charge and sit on 14 points with a record of seven wins and one draw from eight games. That has caught the eye of traders and they’ve made the Hurricanes favourite to go all the way. Backers will find Coral’s 5/2 as the best price available on the title win.
Adelaide Strikers are next in line with odds-makers offering them at 4/1 – best price with Bet365 – to spoil the party. They went into the week with stats of four wins against four defeats and the eight points on the board had them sitting down in fifth place, fans knowing improvement was needed if they were to challenge. Sydney Sixers are currently second in the pile on 10 points, locked with Melbourne Renegades who sit third. The former can be backed at 9/1, the latter an 8/1 poke.
Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades – Tuesday 8.15am
Sydney Thunder starts with stats showing four wins, four defeats and one no result and that has them treading water down in fourth. There’s still plenty of life left in their season but the early optimism shared by fans and players seems to have evaporated. This looks a must-win match, but we expect them to get the job done.
There’s value in the betting with 10/11 at Coral and that’s better than we expected to find and makes slightly more appeal than the even-money attached to their opponents by Bet365. Follow the market and back the jolly to squeeze through. Renegades have already lost half of their 10 games.
Our Tip: Sydney Thunder to win – 11/10 at Coral
Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers – Wednesday 03.45am
An early morning match and this is one worth setting your alarm for as there’s value to be had. Melbourne Stars are favourites with most firms, Unibet offering them at 3/4 to get the desired result, but it’s worth remembering they have lost more than they’ve won so far, their stats showing 4-5 with the eight points on the board from nine games leaving them down in sixth.
Adelaide Strikers also have eight points but have won four and lost four so far and are expected to mount a decent challenge for the title this year. They must shine here, but we make the 27/25 at Unibet a price worth having on side. They are better than their odds suggest.
Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes – Wednesday 8.15am
The second of two matches taking place on Wednesday and this one has a slightly more appealing start time for UK fans choosing to bet on the action and follow live on BT Sport. A vital week for Hurricanes and by the end of this match we’ll find out if they are the serious title challengers and outright betting favourites odds compilers think they are.
Hobart is available to back at a market best price of 4/6 with Bet365 and that’s worth having as most firms offer the same outcome at 8/13. Sydney Sixers are a capable outfit and deserve our respect but went into the week having won only five of their first 10 and that explains why Unibet attach a bold 13/10 price tag.
This promises to be a competitive encounter and it may be worth looking for value in the specials. The top Hobart batsman betting market offers Darcy Short as 7/4 favourite, but we think we can do better than that by taking on the jolly. Or you could get your stake money down on Tim Paine who looks to have been overpriced at 5/1. That should keep you glued to the coverage.
Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder – Thursday 10.40am
Followers of the T20 Australian Big Bash League will know the majority of matches at this level are priced competitively with not a lot between the teams in the 1-X-2 market. That isn’t the case in this match, however, where traders have rushed to throw the weight of their support behind a Perth Scorchers victory. Backers will find them available at no better than 4/6 at Betfred, many firms sitting closer to the 4/7 mark.
That is surprising as Scorchers go into the week bottom of the ladder, showing a record of three wins against six defeats. Their opponents have won four, lost four of their first eight and are more than capable of causing an upset here. Take a chance on Sydney Thunder turning the tables on bookies at a fantastic 6/5. That’s a bet to play for interest stakes before sitting back and enjoying the match, knowing that whatever happens, you have secured the value.