Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades Prediction

  • Jan 01, 2019
  • 13:45 IST / 8:15 GMT
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground - Melbourne, Australia
2019-01-01 13:45
Melbourne Stars MLS Melbourne Stars
Melbourne Renegades MLR Melbourne Renegades
Betting Tips
  • Melbourne Stars will be playing at home but they have lost six of their last seven matches played at this ground.
  • Melbourne Stars have a very strong head-to-head record and they have beaten Melbourne Renegades eight times in their last ten meetings.
  • Melbourne Renegades' batting has not been consistent while Melbourne Stars have an in-form bowling attack with Lamichhane, Zampa and Bravo.

MLS vs MLR
Chance of Winning

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Our Prediction

Melbourne Stars are favorites to win

Who Will Win Renegades vs Stars, BBL 2018-19?

Melbourne Stars will be playing their first home game of the season when they take on cross-city rivals Melbourne Renegades in this 16th match of the Big Bash League 2018-19. This derby game is scheduled to be played on 1st January 2019 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Live telecast will begin at 7:15 PM local time.

MLS vs MLR, 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 Prediction

The five matches played at the MCG in the previous season were all won by the side batting second. And since the wicket at this ground is unlikely to change after the first period of play, the team that wins the 'bat flip' in this match is more likely to bowl first.

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

MLS vs MLR Prediction

Melbourne Stars Team News & Playing 11

MLS Team News

Melbourne Stars have made a couple of changes to their squad for this New Year's day derby clash against Melbourne Renegades. Bowling all-rounder Jonathan Merlo and wicketkeeper-batsman Seb Gotch have replaced fast bowler Jackson Coleman and batsman Peter Handscomb. While Coleman has withdrawn himself citing personal reasons, Handscomb is currently part of the Australian test squad. Merlo is in line to make his BBL debut on Tuesday. The Stars are unlikely to tweak the rest of their line-up.

MLS Key Players

With Peter Handscomb not available for this match, the onus will be on Ben Dunk, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis to score the big runs. Maxwell and Stoinis both have plenty of international experience under their belts and the Stars will dearly want at least one of them to make a healthy contribution with the bat. There will also be high expectations from Nick Larkin who is currently the team's leading run-scorer. The hosts have a strong bowling attack with the likes of Adam Zampa, Sandeep Lamichhane and Dwayne Bravo who is regarded as one of the best death bowlers in the world. Lamichhane is amongst the leading wicket-takers this BBL with seven wickets in three matches and he will pose the biggest threat to the Renegades. The opposition will also be wary of leg-spinner Zampa who has so far done a good job of applying pressure on the batsmen with his economical bowling.

MLS Recent Form

Melbourne Stars have played three league matches so far in this year's BBL and are currently fifth on the points table with one win and two losses. They lost their rain-hit opening encounter to Sydney Thunder by 15 runs before facing a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Hobart Hurricanes in their second game. The Stars, however, bounced back in their last match with a five-wicket victory over Sydney Sixers at the SCG to lift themselves up from the bottom.

Melbourne Stars Predicted Playing 11

Ben Dunk, Seb Gotch (wk), Nick Larkin, Glenn Maxwell (c), Marcus Stoinis, Dwayne Bravo, Evan Gulbis, Sandeep Lamichhane, Scott Boland, Adam Zampa, Jonathan Merlo

Melbourne Renegades Team News & Playing 11

MLR Team News

Following a big defeat against Sydney Sixers in the last game, Melbourne Renegades have named a few changes to their 13-man squad for this match against Melbourne Stars. Batsmen Tim Ludeman and Jake Fraser have been dropped while spinner Jon Holland and pace bowler Andrew Fekete have been added to the squad. Sam Harper is likely to perform the glovework behind the stumps and could even open the batting alongside Mackenzie Harvey. The Renegades may not make any changes in their bowling group.

MLR Key Players

Sam Harper could be promoted to the top of the order in the absence of Tim Ludeman and he along with Mackenzie Harvey, who looked good in his knock of 30 last time against Sydney Sixers, will look to take the Renegades off to a strong start. Mohammad Nabi, with 91 runs in three matches, has scored the most runs for the team so far and he will be their biggest hope in the middle order. The Afghan all-rounder together with the pace trio of Kane Richardson, Daniel Christian and Jack Wildermuth form a potent bowling attack. Richardson is the season's second-best bowler at the moment with eight wickets in three matches and he bagged outstanding figures of 3-22 from four overs last time against the Sixers. Wildermuth has also chipped in with important wickets and he too is expected to have a good outing against the Stars.

MLR Recent Form

Melbourne Renegades are occupying the second spot on the BBL 08 points table after having won two and lost one out of their three league matches. They started their campaign with a four-wicket win over Perth Scorchers at home and then secured a five-wicket win against Adelaide Strikers at the Adelaide Oval. But the Renegades could not keep the momentum going as they suffered a 33-run loss to Sydney Sixers in their last match.

Melbourne Renegades Predicted Playing 11

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

MLS vs MLR Team Form in Last Five Matches

MLS : W L L W L

MLR : L W W L W

Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades Head to Head

Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades have played 13 matches against each other in the Big Bash League with the former leading the scoreline 9-4.

Melbourne Stars have won eight of the last ten matches they have played against Melbourne Renegades. Both the teams won once each in the two meetings last season.

Melbourne Stars defeated Melbourne Renegades in their most recent face-off this year in January at the Docklands Stadium. The Stars posted 167/4 on the board after being put into bat first and then restricted the Renegades to 144/9 to win the match by 23 runs.

Matches Played: 13; Melbourne Stars Won: 9; Melbourne Renegades Won: 4

Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades Betting Odds

Melbourne Stars begin as favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this BBL match. The home team is currently being offered at odds of 1.88 on Betfair and 1.80 on both Betway and Bet365. Melbourne Renegades are the underdogs for this game at a higher price of 1.95 on Betway, 2.10 on Bet365 and 2.06 on Betfair.

Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades Prediction

Melbourne Renegades got their campaign off to a good start but lost their momentum with a defeat in their last match whereas Melbourne Stars who started off badly have gained momentum with a comprehensive win in their last match. The Renegades will be fancying their chances due to the fact that the Stars have lost six of their last seven matches at the MCG. However, the latter have an outstanding record against the former with nine wins from thirteen meetings and having won eight of the last ten encounters. Melbourne Renegades have not been consistent with the bat so far in this BBL and the absence of Peter Handscomb will make their top order even more fragile. Melbourne Stars, on the other hand, have a stronger middle order with Maxwell and Stoinis in addition to having a reliable bowling line-up which is why we feel they are better placed to win this match.

Final Verdict: Back Melbourne Stars to beat Melbourne Renegades at 1.88 with Betfair and 1.80 with both Betway and Bet365.

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