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Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder Big Bash League Preview and Predictions - Can the Thunder keep hopes alive?

Rippa Staff 11 Jan 2018
  • Sydney Sixers have yet to win this season
  • Sydney Thunder beat the Scorchers on Thursday to keep finals hopes alive

Leave alone the fact that this is a ‘Sydney Derby’, there is so much riding on the two teams as we move closer to finding out the top four in BBL07. 

The Sydney Thunder have kept their hopes alive with a stirring victory over the Perth Scorchers, but will their chances be spoiled by their cross-town rivals the Sixers? The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) will witness this intriguing clash on Saturday, January 13.

Match Preview

The Sixers have had a nightmarish start to the season, having lost six games on the trot and are stuck to the bottom of the table. They now have no chance of qualifying for the finals, which means they can play party-poopers to their city rivals.

The Thunder kept themselves alive with a close win over the Scorchers taking them to six points from seven matches. Their only wins of the season came against the Sixers, the Hurricanes and on Thursday against the Scorchers.

These two have met on the opening night of BBL07 when the Thunder won by five-wickets off the last ball. It was Shane Watson (77 from 46 balls, 6X4, 6X6) who was the architect of that win.

The Sixers have traditionally dominated this fixture and have eight wins from 12 matches over the Thunder. That’s not the full story, though! The Thunder have won four of the last five meetings and are ready to extend that.

Match Significance

The Sixers are already out of the tournament and will be happy to spoil the chances of their cross-town rivals.

The green-brigade is also clutching to the last straw in the race to the finals. A loss to their city rivals will signal the end of their campaign as well.

Squad Changes

The Sixers have already seen Jackson Bird come back to the squad and will now have the services of Nathan Lyon. Also joining will be the former Thunder all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite and Joe Denly.

The Thunder had already seen Umsan Khawaja joining the squad and showing his worth against the Scorchers. James Vince will also be joining the Thunder now.

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

This is the problem for the Sixers – there isn’t a single player who has taken the responsibility of leading them. Sam Billings (156 runs) is gone which leaves Jordan Silk (156 runs) and Nic Maddinson (123 runs) to be their key batsmen. With the ball, Daniel Sams (seven wickets) has been a towering presence in the dwarfing returns from everyone else.

The Thunder look to Watson (257 runs), but boy what an impact Khawaja had in his first match (85 from 51 balls, 8X4, 4X6). The worry for Watson is the profligacy of his bowlers, as only Fawad Ahmed (economy of 5.96) is leaking less than seven runs an over.

Tips and Predictions

The Thunder looked determined against the Scorchers and should probably continue the same vein of form against the Sixers. Back the Thunder to win at odds of $1.76 (Palmerbet).

With the form they are in, the Thunder batsmen should find more maximums than their counterparts. Back the Thunder to score the most sixes at odds of $1.83 (Sportsbet).

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