The Hobart Hurricanes lead in the early group stages with four wins out of four.
Tuesday 1st January
Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers
This is only the Heat’s third game of the competition. They have lost their first two games, and really depend on an explosive batting order to fire to make them competitive as the bowling attack doesn’t have the same quality.
The Sixers have been indebted to Tom Curran for his performances in winning two of their first four games, the latest a low scoring match on a poor pitch at the Melbourne Renegades
The Sixers at 11/10 can be chanced here with SkyBet against a home opponent with a wide range of possible performances
Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades
The Melbourne derby rounds off the New Year’s day action. The Stars won their first game in three this season beating the Sixers last Thursday. The Renegades have won two of three with their first defeat to the Sixers at the weekend. The Stars are the flashier outfit with more “boom potential”, and there is no effective home advantage here (no travel distances, same venue) I like the Renegades to upset the odds at 11/10 again with SkyBet
Wednesday 2nd January
Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers
The Thunder have won two out of three games and it should really have been three out of three when scoring 193 in Hobart thanks to Buttler, a total Hobart chased down. At home against the Scorchers though they will fancy their chances of getting back on track.
The Scorchers are usually one of the most consistent teams in the competition but this season have lost three of four games most recently only scoring 107 against Hobart. Indeed scores of 107,103 and 139 as they have recorded in their three losses aren’t going to win a lot of games so it is the batting order which needs to fire to give them a chance
Until then the Thunder can be comfortably favoured at 10/11
Thursday 3rd January
Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers
The Renegades stay in Melbourne after New Years Day to play the defending champions Strikers who have only won one of their first three games of this season most recently dismissed for 88 in a Perth loss. If the evidence of the last Renegades home games is anything to go by this will be a low scoring match on poor pitch and Rashid Khan should be Adelaide’s trump card to back them at 11/10