AUK vs CD Head to Head
Auckland Aces and Central Stags have now played 23 matches against each other in the New Zealand domestic twenty20 tournaments. The former have won 14 of those and the latter 8 while one of the matches has resulted in a tie.
Auckland Aces have won three of their last four completed encounters against Central Stags, including both the matches of the ongoing season.
Auckland registered a comfortable eight-wicket victory when they faced Central Stags at this very ground on Saturday. Electing to bat first, the Stags set up a challenging target of 175 for the hosts who, thanks to the blazing half-centuries from Daniel Bell-Drummond and Mark Chapman, wrapped up the match with almost three overs to spare.
Matches Played: 23; Auckland Aces Won: 14; Central Stags Won: 8; Tie: 1
Auckland Aces vs Central Districts Betting Odds
Auckland Aces begin as favorites amongst the bookmakers to win the Preliminary Final of the Super Smash 2018-19. The home team is being offered at odds of 1.66 on both Betway and Bet365. Central Districts find themselves as outsiders for this game at a higher price of 2.10 and 2.20 on Betway and Bet365 respectively.
Auckland Aces vs Central Districts Prediction
Auckland Aces and Central Stags have both played really well to make it this far. The Stags will be hoping for their third straight appearance in the final of the tournament and having beaten Auckland in the Preliminary Final last time out will surely boost their morale. However, while they have lost two of their last three matches, Auckland have secured wins in each of their last five matches and so the momentum is going to be with them which is a big factor in 20-over cricket. Moreover, the Aces won both their reverse encounters this season and that too will add to their confidence. While the Stags do have plenty of talent in their side, we feel Auckland have a slight edge in terms of a better bowling attack and so we are backing them to win this match and set up the title clash with the Knights.
Back Auckland Aces to beat Central Stags in the Preliminary Final at 1.66 with both Betway and Bet365.