Sydney Sixers will look to get off the mark on the points table when they take on Sydney Thunder in the 28th fixture of the Big Bash League 2017/18. This derby game is scheduled to be played on January 13 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Live action will begin at 7:20 PM local time.
With Jason Roy and Sam Billings set to join the England ODI squad, Nic Maddinson and Jordan Silk are now going to be the key batsmen for their team. Silk is averaging 52 at the moment and the Sixers will want him to play a good knock in this crucial game. Fast bowlers Daniel Sams and Sean Abbott will be the main threats with the ball. Sams has taken the most wickets for the Sixers (7 wickets in 6 matches) while Abbott claimed three in the last game against Hobart Hurricanes.
The Thunder will look to Usman Khawaja and Shane Watson to fire with the bat at the top of the batting order. Khawaja made a huge impact in his very first game of the season with a stellar knock of 85 runs off 51 balls to power the team to 175 against Perth Scorchers. Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed bowled a match-winning spell of 1-19 in that game and he along with paceman Mitchell McClenaghan will be the go-to bowlers for the Thunder.
Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder Betting Odds
Sydney Thunder are favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this match at odds of 1.80 on Bet365, 1.73 on Ladbrokes, 1.72 on Betway and 1.75 each on Betfair and Unibet. They are currently occupying the sixth position on the points table with three wins and four losses in seven league games. Sydney Sixers are one place below on the seventh spot having faced defeat in each of their first six matches. They are the underdogs for this game at odds of 2.18 on Betfair, 2.08 on Unibet and 2.10 each on Bet365, Betway and Ladbrokes.
Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder Prediction
Sydney Sixers' BBL 07 campaign has been nothing less than a nightmare as they are still searching for their first win after six matches. With no hopes of making it through to the finals, they will be looking to spoil the Thunder's party who are still alive in the tournament. Shane Watson and Co. are hanging by a thread and they will be under pressure as a defeat in this game will put an end to their campaign as well. They will feel confident though having beaten the Sixers four times in their last five encounters. Sydney Thunder are playing much better than their cross-town rivals this season and so we predict them to win this crunch game.
Final Verdict: Back Sydney Thunder to beat Sydney Sixers at 1.80 on Bet365, 1.73 on Ladbrokes, 1.72 on Betway and 1.75 each on betfair and Unibet.