Who Will Win Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Lucia Stars, CPL 2018?
St Lucia Stars, after that massive 100-run defeat in the opening game against Trinbago Knight Riders, will look to bounce back in the tournament when they face Guyana Amazon Warriors on August 11. The Providence Stadium in Guyana will be the venue for this fourth fixture of the Caribbean Premier League 2018. Live telecast of the match is scheduled to begin at 4 PM local time.
GAW vs STS, CPL 2018: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Sky Sports, Sony Six, Fox Sports, Willow TV
Live Streaming: Bet365, SonyLIV, Sky Go, BT Sports
The wicket at the Providence Stadium has generally offered a fair amount of assistance to the bowlers early on in recent times which is why the toss-winning skipper may want to have a bowl first.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Lucia Stars, CPL 2018....
Guyana Amazon Warriors Team News & Playing 11
Guyana Amazon Warriors have called up Australian all-rounder Chris Green as cover for South Africa's Cameron Delport who has been confirmed to be unavailable until August 17. Green, who has played 27 T20 matches, will be representing Guyana this season for the first four matches only. However, he is unlikely to feature in the starting eleven for this match.
The opening pair of Chadwick Walton and Luke Ronchi will be the key for Guyana Amazon Warriors when it comes to batting. While Walton topped the runs charts in the 2017 CPL with 458 runs which included three half-centuries, Ronchi had an impressive stint in the Pakistan Super League where he finished as the leading run-scorer with 435 runs. Shimron Hetmyer scored 207 runs in the recent ODI series against Bangladesh and he too can make a significant impact with the bat. Sohail Tanvir, Rayad Emrit and Imran Tahir will be the go-to bowlers for the Warriors. Tanvir was the highest wicket-taker in the previous season with 17 wickets while Emrit finished third on the list with 15. Tahir is coming on the back of an excellent Vitality Blast season where he claimed 15 wickets in 8 matches including a couple of four-wicket hauls.
Guyana Amazon Warriors won five and lost as many matches out of the ten they had played during the league stage of last year's Caribbean Premier League. Four successive wins helped them edge past Barbados Tridents on the points table to finish fourth and qualify for the playoffs. The Warriors overcame Jamaica Tallawahs in the Eliminator but went down to Trinbago Knight Riders in the second Qualifier to lose out on a place in the finals.
Guyana Amazon Warriors Predicted Playing 11
Chadwick Walton, Luke Ronchi (wk), Shoaib Malik (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Jason Mohammed, Sohail Tanvir, Devendra Bishoo, Rayad Emrit, Roshon Primus, Imran Tahir
St Lucia Stars Team News & Playing 11
St Lucia Stars are coming into this match with all their players in good physical condition. So they will have the entire squad to pick their eleven from, but we don't expect them to make any changes to their line-up even though they had a poor outing in their last game against Trinbago Knight Riders.
Andre Fletcher, David Warner, Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard are the key figures in St Lucia's batting line-up. Fletcher scored the most runs for the team last season - 286 runs in 10 matches - and he will be expected to deliver the goods this year as well. Warner and Simmons scored in single digits in the season opener against Trinbago Knight Riders and the team will be hoping that they are able to bounce back with strong performances. With the ball, the Stars will be counting on their seamers Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohammad Sami and Kesrick Williams to pick up wickets and apply pressure on the opposition. McClenaghan and Williams both took two wickets apiece against the Knight Riders and the duo can cause problems for the Warriors in this match.
St Lucia Stars had a disastrous season in the 2017 CPL where they failed to win even a single game and took an early exit from the competition. This time as well, they have got their campaign off to a very poor start with a heavy 100-run loss against Trinbago Knight Riders in the tournament opener. Chasing Trinbago's huge total of 195, the Stars faltered with the bat and got shot out for just 95 in the 18th over.
St Lucia Stars Predicted Playing 11
David Warner, Andre Fletcher (wk), Lendl Simmons, Rahkeem Cornwall, Mark Chapman, Kieron Pollard (c), Darren Sammy, Qais Ahmad, Mohammad Sami, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kesrick Williams
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
GAW : L W W W W
STS : L L L L L
GAW vs STS Head to Head
Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Stars have played nine matches against each other in the Caribbean Premier League with the former leading the scoreline 6-3.
Guyana Amazon Warriors had emerged victorious by seven wickets when they last faced St Lucia Stars - in the 21st match of the previous season at this very venue. After winning the toss and electing to field first, the Warriors restricted the Stars to 100/7 and then knocked off their target with more than five overs to spare.
Matches Played: 9; Guyana Amazon Warriors Won: 6; St Lucia Stars Won: 3
Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Lucia Stars Betting Odds
Guyana Amazon Warriors registered a convincing six-wicket win in their opening encounter against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. They have the home advantage in their favour and they have won their last three matches at this venue. The Warriors, therefore, begin as the bookmakers' favorites to win this match at odds of 1.80 each on Bet365 and Betfair. St Lucia Stars on the other hand are outsiders for this game at odds of 2 each on Bet365 and Betfair.
Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Lucia Stars Prediction
St Lucia Stars' poor run in CPL does not seem to come to an end. They last won a match in the 2016 edition against Jamaica Tallawahs. Since then, they have played 11 matches and have faced defeat in each of those, including this season's opening encounter where they were blown away by the defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders. And the nature of that massive defeat would have surely put a big dent in their confidence. Moreover, Guyana Amazon Warriors have an outstanding record against them with six wins in the nine head-to-head meetings. They have beaten the Stars four times in their previous five attempts and they even did the double over them last year. The Warriors have a strong line-up and also have the home advantage on their side which makes them a very attractive bet for this match.
Final Verdict: Back Guyana Amazon Warriors to beat St Lucia Stars at 1.80 each on Bet365 and Betfair.