Auckland Aces vs Central Stags Prediction

  • Feb 15, 2019
  • 08:40:00, GMT +5:30
  • Eden Park - Auckland, New Zealand
  • 10000 Offer Available
  • Feb 15, 2019
Auckland Aces AUK Auckland Aces
Central Districts CD Central Districts

Betting Tips

Auckland Aces (AUK) vs Central Stags (CD), Preliminary Final Super Smash 2019 free betting tips & prediction. Get schedule, head to head stats to bet with Betway, Betrally & Bet365.
  • Auckland Aces have now beaten Central Stags thrice in their last four completed meetings, including both the encounters this season.
  • Auckland Aces are coming on the back of five successive wins which means they will be carrying plenty of momentum with them.
  • Central Stags have reached the finals on the previous two occasions and they defeated Auckland Aces in the Preliminary Final last season.

Our Pick Auckland Aces are favorites to win

Who Will Win Auckland Aces vs Central Stags Preliminary Final?

Auckland Aces and Central Stags have finished second and third respectively on the points table and so they will be facing each other in the Preliminary Final of the Super Smash 2018-19. This knockout match is scheduled to be played on February 15 at the Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland. Live telecast will begin at 4:10 PM local time.

Auckland vs Stags, Preliminary Final: Where to Watch/Live Streaming

TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sport NZ

Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Sky Go

Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for Auckland Aces vs Central Stags Preliminary Final, Super Smash 2018-19...

Auckland Aces Team News & Playing 11


Auckland Aces have a formidable batting line-up and the opening pair of Colin Munro and Glenn Phillips will hold the key for them. Munro has shown time and again how dangerous he can be when it comes to the T20 format as he showed in the final T20I against India with a blistering knock of 72 off 40 balls. Skipper Craig Cachopa has scored the most runs for Auckland this season and he along with Mark Chapman and Daniel Bell-Drummond who smashed twin fifties last time against the Stags are also key figures in this line-up. The hosts have a potent bowling attack with Mitchell McClenaghan, Matthew Quinn, Ronnie Hira and William Somerville in their ranks. McClenaghan is the tournament's second-best bowler with 15 wickets in 8 matches. Spinners Somerville and Hira have taken five wickets each against the Stags this season and they could cause problems for them once again.

Auckland Aces Predicted Playing 11

  • Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips (wk), Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa (c), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Robert O'Donnell, Ronnie Hira, Donovan Grobbelaar, Mitchell McClenaghan, William Somerville, Matthew Quinn

Central Districts Team News & Playing 11

George Worker, Dean Foxcroft and skipper Tom Bruce have all had good hits this Super Smash season and they form an integral part of the Stags' batting group. Bruce is one of the tournament's top five batsmen with 308 runs in 9 matches and the team's middle-order batting will depend mainly on him. Foxcroft has hit three half-centuries while Worker scored 52 in Saturday's reverse encounter against Auckland. With the ball, the Stags will turn to their go-to men in Ben Wheeler and Seth Rance. Both the pacers have bowled well this season and they will be backed by their team to provide the early breakthroughs. Adam Milne was the most impressive of all the bowlers last time against Auckland and he will look to replicate that performance here. The Stags will want these three bowlers to be at their best on Friday and help them reach the final of the tournament.

Central Districts Predicted Playing 11

  • Will Young, George Worker, Dean Foxcroft, Tom Bruce (c), Josh Clarkson, Dane Cleaver (wk), Ben Wheeler, Bevan Small/Doug Bracewell, Adam Milne, Seth Rance, Ajaz Patel


Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)


CD : L W L W W

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.

Final Verdict

Back Auckland Aces to beat Central Stags in the Preliminary Final at 1.66 with both Betway and Bet365.

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