Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers Prediction

2019-01-03 13:45
Melbourne Renegades MLR Melbourne Renegades
Adelaide Strikers ADS Adelaide Strikers
Betting Tips
  • Melbourne Renegades will be playing under more pressure as they are coming on the back of two consecutive defeats.
  • Melbourne Renegades have the psychological advantage of having beaten Adelaide Strikers in their first face-off of the season.
  • Adelaide Strikers have a stronger top-order batting with Carey and Ingram in good form and they also have Rashid in their bowling line-up.

MLR vs ADS
Chance of Winning

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Our Prediction

Adelaide Strikers are favorites to win

Who Will Win Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers, BBL 2018-19?

Adelaide Strikers will look to avenge their defeat from last time when they go up against Melbourne Renegades for the second time in the tournament. This 18th game of the Big Bash League 2018-19 will be played on January 3 at the Geelong Cricket Ground in Geelong. Live telecast of the match is scheduled to begin at 7:15 PM local time.

MLR vs ADS, BBL 2018-19: Where to Watch/Live Streaming

TV channels: Sony Six, Sony ESPN, BT Sport, Fox Sports, SuperSport, Seven Network

Live Streaming: Bet365, SonyLIV, Foxtel Sports, SuperSport Live

Toss/Bat Flip Prediction

The Geelong Cricket Ground has not hosted any international game so far which makes it difficult to gauge the nature of its pitch. However, last month's WBBL encounter here between Melbourne Renegades Women and Brisbane Heat Women saw the team batting first secure a comfortable victory. So the team that wins the 'bat flip' in this match may want to bat first.

Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers, Big Bash League 2018-19....

MLR vs ADS Prediction

Melbourne Renegades Team News & Playing 11

MLR Team News

Melbourne Renegades have named their 13-man squad for this upcoming match against Adelaide Strikers. They have dropped fast bowler Andrew Fekete and brought in paceman Joe Mennie. The Renegades had replaced wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Ludeman with Beau Webster in the last game against Melbourne Stars and the latter is likely to be retained. Even though they lost that match, we don't expect them to make any changes to their playing eleven.

MLR Key Players

Sam Harper and Cameron White hold the key to Melbourne Renegades' batting at the top while Mohammad Nabi and Daniel Christian are the team's biggest hopes with the bat in the middle order. Harper looked impressive in his 16-ball 30 last time against Melbourne Stars and the Renegades will be expecting another strong showing from him. Nabi and Christian, who have scored the most runs for the team so far, scored 48 and 49 respectively in the reverse encounter. The Renegades will rely heavily on Kane Richardson, Jack Wildermuth and Mohammad Nabi when it comes to bowling. Richardson is amongst the best bowlers this BBL with eight wickets in four matches and the fast bowler could trouble Adelaide Strikers with the new ball in the powerplay. Nabi is yet to make a major contribution with the ball and Thursday might just be the day for the off-spinner.

MLR Recent Form

Melbourne Renegades are currently sixth in the Big Bash League 2018-19 league standings with two wins and as many losses from four matches. After winning their first two matches against Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers respectively, they have suffered back-to-back defeats against Sydney Sixers and Melbourne Stars. The Renegades have been below par with the bat in their last two games - they could manage only 99 against the Sixers and were restricted to 148 by the Stars.

Melbourne Renegades Predicted Playing 11

Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper (wk), Cameron White, Tom Cooper (c), Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Christian, Beau Webster, Jack Wildermuth, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Usman Khan

Adelaide Strikers Team News & Playing 11

ADS Team News

Adelaide Strikers will be without pacer Peter Siddle for their game against Melbourne Renegades as he will be with the Australian test team. The club is already missing the services of their captain Travis Head due to his international commitments. Fast bowler Wes Agar has been included in the 13-man squad as replacement for Siddle. Good news for the Strikers is that Afghanistan spin wizard Rashid Khan will be playing this game and he could be available for the entire BBL 2018-19 season.

ADS Key Players

Alex Carey, Colin Ingram and Matthew Short are the key figures for Adelaide Strikers in terms of batting. Carey is currently the team's leading run-getter and has struck a couple of half-centuries, one of which came in the last game against Sydney Thunder. Skipper Ingram has returned to his destructive best and is coming off a match-winning 43-ball 75. Short scored 65 in the reverse fixture at the Adelaide Oval and he will be looking to deliver a similar performance here. Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake and Ben Laughlin form the main threat in this bowling attack. Rashid has been the pick of the lot this year as well with seven wickets in four matches at an outstanding economy of 4.68. While the leg-spinner will pose the biggest challenge to Melbourne Renegades, the team will also need pacemen Stanlake and Laughlin to maintain the pressure on the opposition created by Rashid.

ADS Recent Form

Adelaide Strikers have won two and lost as many matches out of the four they have played thus far in this year's Big Bash League and are currently placed fifth on the points table with four points. They have come back strongly after losing to Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers in consecutive encounters with a 20-run victory over Sydney Thunder in their previous match at home. The Strikers put up an all-round performance last time.

Adelaide Strikers Predicted Playing 11

Alex Carey (wk), Jake Weatherald, Colin Ingram (c), Matthew Short, Jonathan Wells, Jake Lehmann, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Wes Agar/Cameron Valente, Ben Laughlin, Billy Stanlake

MLR vs ADS Team Form in Last Five Matches

MLR : L L W W L

ADS : W L L W W

Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers Head to Head

Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers have played nine matches against each other in the BBL out of which four have been won by the former and five by the latter.

Adelaide Strikers have won four of their previous six head-to-head encounters against Melbourne Renegades.

Melbourne Renegades registered a five-wicket win when these two teams met at the Adelaide Oval last month. The Strikers posted 174/5 in their 20 overs after being put into bat first but it was not enough as the Renegades overhauled that total pretty easily in the end.

Matches Played: 9; Melbourne Renegades Won: 4; Adelaide Strikers Won: 5

Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers Betting Odds

Adelaide Strikers are favorites to win this BBL match at odds of 1.72 on Betway, 1.80 on Bet365 and 1.85 on Betfair. Melbourne Renegades, after facing back-to-back defeats, find themselves as the bookmakers' underdogs for this game. They are being offered at a higher price of 2 on Betway, 2.10 on Bet365 and 2.12 on Betfair.

Melbourne Renegades vs Adelaide Strikers Prediction

Melbourne Renegades and Adelaide Strikers will both look to garner two more points and move into the top-half of the BBL leaderboard. The former are coming into this game having faced defeats in their last two matches and so there is going to be a lot of pressure on them. Plus, they will be wary of the fact that they have lost four of their previous six encounters against the Strikers. However, the Renegades defeated them in their earlier encounter of the season at the Adelaide Oval and this should give them some confidence. Adelaide Strikers have Alex Carey and Colin Ingram in good form and they also have a big threat in their bowling group in the form of Rashid Khan who will make it hard for the Renegades to score the quick runs. The Strikers have the momentum with them and we expect them to win this match.

Final Verdict: Back Adelaide Strikers to beat Melbourne Renegades at 1.72 with Betway, 1.80 with Bet365 and 1.85 with Betfair.

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