- Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers
- KFC Big Bash League 12, Qualifier
- Saturday January 28, 2023 (8.15am UK)
- Optus Stadium, Perth
I’ll be honest with you, I’m struggling to pick a winner in this fixture which sees the winner qualify for next weekend’s final. The loser gets a second chance in Thursday’s semi-final.
My gut tells me the Sydney Sixers, who are a best price of 6/5 (2.20) with BetUK and beat the Scorchers in their last meeting at the SCG earlier in the month. But I have underestimated the Perth Scorchers so many times through this competition and they have proved me wrong.
The one time I side with the Scorchers, who are 3/4 (1.75) with bet365, they will probably get beat.
I genuinely think this is a fixture to steer clear of the result and look for value elsewhere.
The first of the bets I’m suggesting comes on Middlesex man Stevie Eskinazi, who has posted a more than useful 189 runs in seven games with two fifties.
He has shown significant consistency opening the batting, and bet365 have him at 5/6 to go over 25.5 points on their player performance.
That is a point a run, 10 per catch and 20 per wicket. Forget the wickets, he doesn’t bowl. But he has also taken six catches in his first BBL campaign, added to those aforementioned runs.
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Sydney’s Sean Abbott has had an outstanding tournament, leading the way with 25 wickets in 13 matches.
Bet365 have the competition’s all-time leading wicket-taker - the 150-wicket man - at an appealing 6/5 to take over 1.5 wickets in this match.
He has claimed three wickets on five occasions and two on another three. Importantly, he bowls in the wicket-taking hotspots - with the new ball and at the death.
Batters in form, expect runs at Optus
These two teams have been formidable with the bat of late.
The highlight of Perth’s recent form was 212-5 in a home win over Melbourne Renegades last time out when the visitors replied with 202-5.
In their last three matches, the Sixers have reached or topped 180 twice and posted 203-5 on the other occasion.
This leads me to think that Betfair’s #OddsOnThat 13/5 on both teams to post 170 plus totals is a very worthwhile punt.
Steve Smith’s last three innings for the Sixers at the top of their order have produced scores of 101, 125 not out and 66.
He is a player who looks unbreakable when on top form, and I would absolutely be taking the 7/2 on offer with Ladbrokes on him to score a fifty in this clash.
Returning to the total runs bet with Betfair Sportsbook, if you are slightly more adventurous, then 13/2 on both teams to post 180 is quite juicy given the recent form I mentioned a moment ago.
Sit back and enjoy this one, two teams who have only lost three times apiece. It should be fun.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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