Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars Prediction

2018-12-24 10:15
Hobart Hurricanes HBH Hobart Hurricanes
Melbourne Stars MLS Melbourne Stars
Betting Tips
  • Last year's runners-up, Hobart Hurricanes, made a winning start to the new BBL season with a 15-run defeat of Brisbane Heat; D'Arcy Short hit a half-century.
  • Melbourne Stars won just two of their ten matches last season, and lost their first game this time out to Sydney Thunder - though it was heavily influenced by the rain and the D/L method.
  • D'Arcy Short was top run scorer in last season's Big Bash League, scoring 572 runs in 11 matches in total - including one century and four 50s.

HBH vs MLS
Chance of Winning

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Our Prediction

Melbourne Stars are favorites to win

Who will win Hurricanes vs Stars, BBL 2018-19?

Melbourne Stars bid for a significant improvement on last year's Big Bash League results moves to Hobart, where they face the Hobart Hurricanes in their second match of the 2018/19 Big Bash League. The match is scheduled for December 24 and the live action begins at 15:45 local time.

HBH vs MLR: Where to watch/Live streaming

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Bat Flip Prediction

Generally, teams are tending to field first after winning the bat flip but, that said, Melbourne Stars did that in their opening game and lost, while Hobart Hurricanes won after being put in.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars, BBL 2018-19.

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Hobart Hurricanes Team News & Playing 11

HBH Team News

Australia captain Tim Paine is away with the national team, playing against India, so Matthew Wade will continue as captain and wicket-keeper in this match of BBL 2018-19. David Moody and Jake Doran were the two named in the squad for the first game but not selected for the match, and the Hurricanes might look to stick with a winning line-up.

HBH Key Players

D'Arcy Short was the stand-out batsman of last year's Big Bash League, topping the scoring charts after four 50s and a century. The opening batsman appears in similarly good form this time out too, after hitting 67 from 52 balls with four fours and four sixes.

He opens the batting with captain Matthew Wade, who offers international experience and big shots as well as tidy wicket-keeping.

George Bailey has also been capped numerous times, boasting a strike rate of 136.70 for the Australian national team in the shortest format.

All-rounder James Faulkner led the way with the ball last time out, meanwhile - and is another with plenty of international caps. He claimed 3-25, having linked up with the Hurricanes on the back of a stint in the T10 League.

Jofra Archer's raw pace helped him to two wickets and he kept things tight too as he bowled 13 dot balls in his four overs.

HBH Team Form

After last year's defeat in the final to Adelaide Strikers, Hobart Hurricanes kicked off their new campaign with a win against Brisbane Heat. Asked to bat first, D'Arcy Short hit 67 from 52 balls in a total of 159/6, before James Faulkner's 3-25 and two wickets apiece for Jofra Archer, Johan Bother and Riley Meredith earned a 15-run win.

Hobart Hurricanes Predicted Playing 11

Matthew Wade, D'Arcy Short, Alex Doolan, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Johan Botha, Clive Rose, Jofra Archer, Riley Meredith

Melbourne Stars Team News & Playing 11

MLS Team News

Nick Larkin made his first Melbourne Stars' debut in the match against Sydney Thunder, having been drafted in as an injury replacement. With Nic Maddinson and Dan Worrall injured during the Sheffield Shield matches, Larkin and Lance Morris were called up - but the latter is still waiting for his first appearance. Scott Boland was the other player to miss out from the original squad. Whether the Stars learned enough in the rain-affected defeat to make changes remains to be seen, however.

MLS Key Players

Melbourne Stars are packed with international talent, led by captain Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell hit 46 for Australia against India in a T20 international last match, while he has two T20i centuries to his name - including his phenomenal high score of 145*.

Marcus Stoinis is another fresh from the Aussie squad - he averaged 62 with the bat against India, thanks to two red-inkers, and collected two wickets in the first game as well.

As for the overseas players, the Stars blend experience and promising talent. In the former camp is Dwayne Bravo - the West Indian having already played in the Mzansi Super League and T10 League this month. On the other hand is Sandeep Lamichhane - the Nepalese twirlyman takes wickets wherever he goes.

MLS Team Form

Melbourne Stars won just two of their ten matches in last year's competition to finish bottom of the group with just four points. And they started with a defeat this year too. Sydney Thunder set 181/5 with the bat, but rain meant a revised target of 90 from eight overs for the Stars - Nick Larkins' 28 not out from 13 balls not proving enough as they fell 15 runs short of the target.

Melbourne Stars Predicted Playing 11

Travis Dean, Ben Dunk, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Dwayne Bravo, Nick Larkin, Evin Gulbis, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Lamichhane, Jackson Coleman, Max Beer

HBH vs MLS Team Form in Last Five Matches

HBH : W L W L L

MLS : L W L L L

Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars Head to Head

Hobart Hurricanes have won just two of their eight previous matches against Melbourne Stars and, indeed, the Stars won when they met at the MCG in last year's tournament too. On the final day of league action last year, with the Stars rooted to the bottom, they restored some pride at the MCG. Dan Christian top scored with 56 in Hobart's 185/7, but Kevin Pietersen hit 46 from 23 balls in reply as the Stars won by three wickets in the final over.

Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars Betting Odds

Hobart Hurricanes are favourites to beat Melbourne Stars at a best price of 1.85 with Bet365, but both Bet365 and Betfair are offering 2.00 on a Stars team who boast a good record in this fixture.

They are also packed with international talent, with this a new season compared to last year's poor campaign - which at least ended with a win against Hobart Hurricanes.

Glenn Maxwell is 3.75 with Bet365 and Betfair to be the Stars top batsman, while Sandeep Lamichhane is as high as 5.00 with Betfair to be their top bowler.

For the Hurricanes, meanwhile - and bases his form on the opening day as well as through last season, D'Arcy Short is 3.00 with Bet365 to be their top batsman.

Hobart Hurricanes vs Melbourne Stars Prediction

Hobart Hurricanes may be favourites with the bookmakers, but a strong Melbourne Stars team - who have a good record in this fixture - can upset the odds thanks to their international stars.

Final Verdict: Back Melbourne Stars to beat Hobart Hurricanes at 2.00 with Bet365 and Betfair

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