Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars Prediction – Big Bash 3rd Match

Prediction Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars

Prediction Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars

  • Date: December 21, 2018
  • Time: 7:15 PM
  • Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

Betting Odds

Sydney Thunder – 1.80 
Melbourne Stars – 1.95

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Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars 3rd Match Squad Comparison

Sydney Thunder


Shane Watson’s men didn’t have the best of seasons last time around where they finished 8th on the points table. The side which is packed with talent has always had the habit of losing out in crunch games. Watson who is one of the most experienced players in the league would have to use all this experience to good use in the upcoming game. While the team would be missing the services of Pat Cummins and Usman Khawaja who are with the national side Watson would know the importance of a good season opener and would like to start the season with a win. 
 
Batting wise the side is strong. In Khawaja’s absence Shane Watson might open the batting along with Jos Buttler. In the middle order the side packs the punch with Joe Root, Jason Sangha, Callum Ferguson and Chris Green in the side. Consistency was one of the big issues for the side in terms of batting last season and they would like to get it right this time around. In the bowling department the side will miss the services of Pat Cummins but have a good new ball pair in Chris Jordan and Liam Hatcher along with Watson. Fawad Ahmed will add variety to the bowling attack with his leg breaks. 
 

Melbourne Stars


Glenn Maxwell the Melbourne Stars skipper would like to put behind the disappointment of the last season where they won just two games and finished at the bottom of the table. The side has a good mix of players who would want to get back to winning ways like in the past.  Barring last season they have made it to the semi-final stage in all previous editions. Maxwell who relishes this format of the game would look for a good start to the tournament and set the momentum for the rest of the season in the upcoming game. 
 
Peter Handscomb and Ben Dunk they have a great opening pair and they would like to give the side a good start. The middle order is strong for the side with skipper Maxwell and Travis Dean. With Seb Gotch, Marcus Stoinis and Dwayne Bravo in the finishing act the side would fancy its chances in the upcoming game. As far as their bowling goes they have a good pace attack in Daniel Worrall, Scott Boland and Stonis. With Adam Zampa and Sandeep Lamichhane in the squad the spin bowling attack also has the edge. If these players apply their skills the side should do well in their first game. 
 

Our Prediction for Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars

 
Sydney Thunder will win the game 
 
Cricket betting predictions at the start of a new season tend to be a tough call as all sides start with a fresh template. Sydney Thunder would start their campaign at Docklands Stadium, Melbourne taking on Melbourne Stars. Both the sides have a quality mix of young and seasoned players and would want to start off the season with a win and gain momentum. It would be an exciting contest on a small ground where boundary scoring is considered easy. Given the kind of players both the teams have the crowds should get their money’s worth. 
Sydney Thunder has a better team and given their past record against the Melbourne Stars they would start as favorites in this game. This also marks the beginning of a great season for sports betting in Australia. 
 
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