Here you’ll find the best Sixers v Scorchers bets ahead of Saturday morning’s Big Bash match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Sydney Sixers are many people’s idea of the side who can finish bottom but though you can pick flaws in them – we’re just about to – they probably deserve a little more respect than that.
In their favour is: a strong-looking experienced opening partnership of Joe Denly and Daniel Hughes, a captain who’s seen it all before in the Big Bash in Moises Henriques and a trio of bowlers who are very different but can trouble opposing batsmen. Sean Abbott know this competition inside out and is the second=highest wicket-taker in Bash history with 63. Then there’s limited-overs specialist Englishman Tom Curran with his skiddy deliveries and the unknown quantity that is Lloyd Pope, a leg spinner who is yet to play in this competition.
On the fipside, the batting looks a bit bare beyond the two openers and Henriques. The bets sides have someone at 6 or 7 who can still rescue the innings if necessary but it’s hard to see who that may be for the Sixers. They could also have thought about having overseas players with a little more X-factor than Denly and Curran. They’re fine but that’s not enough to really make them serious challengers.
Perth’s strength has always been in their bowling and they love nothing more than getting a decent score on the board and defending it. But after a horrible batting collapse that saw them drag themselves to just 107 against the Renegades, that was never going to be enough.
To be fair, their two opening bowlers gave them a chance of defending that but Andrew Tye failed to take a wicket which is rare for him and spinner Usman Qadir was horribly expensive after bowling what can only be described as absolute dross, going for 20 runs off two overs which let the Renegades off the hook.
Maybe they cold have brought in the safer option of Ashton Agar but then again, hindsight is a fine thing. Qadir may be given the chop here. With plenty of all-rounders in the side (Willey, Turner, Agar) coach Adam Voges may decide he’d rather have another specialist batsmen in the team after what happened last time.
Sixers v Scorchers bets- Match Winner
Perth are a best price of 1.81 with Unibet to win. That’s perfectly understandable given that Perth have been the most successful Big Bash side ever and remarkably have beaten them in 9 of the last 10 times they’ve played the boys in pink and black.
If you want to back the Scorchers you’ll certainly have history on your side but it’s not particularly advisable to jump on a 1.81 shot after the way they batted the other day.
Sixers v Scorchers bets- Henriques can be hosts’ top batsman
I’ve talked up the Sixers’ opening partnership of Denly and Hughes as experienced batters on whom much is expected. But this isn’t really a ground where you can tee of early on and just keep on going. So whereas one or the other might go on and get a decent score, I don’t expect them to get to 60 or 70 without losing a wicket. Especially not against this Scorchers pace attack.
And the loss of one or two wickets will bring Henriques to the crease. He’s a best price of 6.0 with Betfair Sportsbook and for the reasons just mentioned, represents far greater value than the openers who are 4.0 and 4.2 respectively. Henriques is a real innings-builder and that may be just what’s required here.
Back Moises Henriques to be Sixers Top Batsman @ 6.0 with Betfair
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Sixers v Scorchers bets- Go with big bad Behrendoff for top bowler
We’re going to use a process of elimination strategy here to find the best Scorchers’ top bowler bet. Agar, Qadir, Turner and Willey are eliminated ‘off the bat’ because none of them are guaranteed to get four overs so their chances of being top wicket-taker are instantly reduced.
So that leaves Tye, Coulter-Nile and Behrendoff. You couldn’t be blamed for going with Tye at around 2.88 given his outstanding record whenever or wherever he bowls. But in terms of betting value it makes more sense to go with one of the others. Both took two wickets the other day but it was Behrendoff who looked in better rhythm and was also more economical. This could be a similar surface to the one in Melbourne a couple of two days ago and at an attractive 4.5, he’s the one to go with.
Back Jason Behrendoff to be Scorchers Top Bowler @ 4.5 with Unibet.
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