Big Bash Betting (BBL07) Preview & Tips – Thunder vs Sixers
The BBL07 starts on Tuesday as the Sydney Thunder host the Sydney Sixers at Spotless Stadium. Read on for a preview of each team and the Sportsbet Big Bash betting promotion.
The Sixers look to start BBL07 with a win over the Thunder
After losing the BBL06 final to the Scorchers, the Sydney Sixers will be aiming for another solid Big Bash season. But their squad has been impacted by injuries already and Australian selection. Starc, Hazlewood, Lyon and Steve Smith will obviously be missing for the first few matches. Jackson Bird could also play in the Boxing Day test for Mitchell Starc. They also have injury concerns for Moises Henriques and Ben Dwarshuis, two of their key all-rounders. So the Sixers will be facing a tough challenge against the Thunder this Tuesday.
Can the Thunder improve from BBL06?
Last season the Thunder were back on the bottom of the ladder after winning BBL05, so they’ll be looking for a better start in BBL07. Shane Watson is the key man for the Thunder with his aggressive batting style and handy medium pacers. In a recent Sydney Premier league match, Watson blasted 114 from 53 balls in a perfect warmup for the Big Bash. His combination with English keeper Jos Buttler will be a reason to watch the Thunder in the early stages. They’ve also recruited Mitchell McClenghan from New Zealand and he’ll be a straight swap for Cummins as he plays in the Aussie test squad.
Sportsbet – 50 Up you win!
Bet with Sportsbet on the Big Bash until 31st December and if your top team runscorer bet reaches 50, they’ll pay you out regardless of the result. In this match between the Thunder and Sixers, there’s a few key batsman to watch. Firstly, Shane Watson is your number one choice. He’s in superb touch as mentioned above and has a great conversion rate in T20. In 230 innings, he has recorded 34 half-centuries. At his current price of $4.50, that’s great value. For the Sixers, Daniel Hughes is the player to watch. Hughes has been comfortably scoring runs for NSW in the JLT Cup and Sheffield Sheild this season. He also scored 50 not out in the first match against the Thunder last season and had one of his best run-scoring tournaments so far. He’s paying $4.20 at Sportsbet and would be the best bet in the Sixers batting lineup.
Best bet: Thunder WIN ($2.05) – Based on the Sixers injury concerns, the Thunder are great value at home in Round 1.