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Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars Predictions & Tips - Stars to continue dominance over Thunder
- Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars predictions for Tuesday’s Big Bash cricket match
- The match will be played in Canberra at 08:15 GMT
- I am backing Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis to go big for the Melbourne Stars
- Read on for more free predictions & betting tips
Glenn Maxwell has been in superb form for the Melbourne Stars (Getty Images)
Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars Predictions
Glenn Maxwell has been in sublime form for the Melbourne Stars this season and the return of Marcus Stoinis will give the Stars another boost. The Melbourne side have had the edge over the Thunder in recent seasons and are backed to win.
- Sydney Thunder’s Callum Ferguson has scored 50+ runs in 2 of his last 3 innings.
- Melbourne Stars have won their last 5 matches against the Sydney Thunder.
- Melbourne Stars’ Marcus Stoinis scored 61 runs in his last match against the Sydney Thunder.
- Melbourne Stars’ Glenn Maxwell has scored 46, 39 & 71 runs in his last 3 innings.
Head to Head
The Melbourne Stars have won their last five matches against the Sydney Thunder. That includes a 22-run win just over two weeks ago in Hobart.
Sydney Thunder Form
The Sydney Thunder are second in the Big Bash table after four matches. They have won three and lost one of their four matches, with their one defeat coming against the Melbourne Stars.
Momentum has, however, swung since that defeat and the Thunder cruised to a 129-run victory in their last match on Boxing Day. The Thunder batted first in Canberra against the Melbourne Renegades and scored a massive 209 runs.
Olivier Davies top scored with 48 runs off 23 balls but there were other notable contributions. Alex Hales found some form with 35 runs, Usman Khawaja scored 34 and Callum Ferguson 31.
A total of 200+ is a daunting task for any side but the woeful Renegades hardly put up a fight. They were bowled out for 80 runs.
Tanveer Sangha was superb in taking 4-14 in 3.2 overs. Adam Milne took 2-21 and Chris Green 2-7 in what was a dominant display.
Sydney Thunder Injuries & Team News
The Sydney Thunder are unlikely to change with the team in good form. The one area they could look at is wicketkeeper Baxter Holt. England’s Sam Billings is available for selection after completing his quarantine period.
This will add further international quality to the Thunder’s batting lineup which already looks very strong.
Melbourne Stars Form
The Melbourne Stars started the Big Bash season on fire, winning their first two matches. Unfortunately their next game ended in a no result due to weather and then they lost their match to the Sydney Sixers.
There may have been a slight momentum shift in results, but the Stars are still playing some good cricket. Despite defeat against the Sixers in Carrara, the Melbourne Stars managed to score 193 runs against a very good bowling lineup.
The top order never really got going but Glenn Maxwell scored 71 off 47 balls and Nicholas Pooran 65 off 26 balls. The 193-run total always looked above par but the Stars’ bowlers couldn’t defend it.
Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled well taking 2-14 in three overs. The rest of the bowlers all went around the park as the Sixers won by one wicket with one ball to spare.
Melbourne Stars Injuries & Team News
Marcus Stoinis is likely to return to the lineup for the Melbourne Stars. Ben Dunk could be the one to drop out while Nicholas Pooran takes the gloves.
There may be a few changes in the batting order, specifically with Pooran possibly going on to bat higher.
Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars FAQ
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The best bet is for the Melbourne Stars to beat the Sydney Thunder for the sixth time in a row.
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The Melbourne Stars have won their last five matches against the Sydney Thunder and should be too strong again. Glenn Maxwell was magnificent in the last match while Marcus Stoinis has a good record against the Thunder.
Best Bet: Stars Win Result @-133.33 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Best Bet: Ferguson Over 23.5 Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Best Stars Batsman Tip: Marcus Stoinis Best Stars Batsman @225.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
To Score 50+ Runs Tip: Glenn Maxwell To Score 50+ Runs @240.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit
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