We take a look at Saturday nights BBL Big Bash (22/12/2018) Week 1 match which is between Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes. The Heat go into the match as the short priced favourites although there does look to be some value now for the Hurricanes. We take a look at both the Heat and Hurricanes odds and give our tips and value tips for the match.
When: Dec 22, Saturday at 7:01PM Local Time.
Where: Carrara Oval, Queensland
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
The Heat fell by five-wickets at home against the Strikers on Wednesday night.
It was a concerning start to the season as the ‘Bash Brothers’ Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn combined for a paltry 37-runs. The top of the order was supposed to be a strong suit for the Heat this year, but the tail-enders were just as unimpressive with both Mark Steketee and Mitchell Swepson gone for a duck.
On the back of a surprise spot in the finals last year, Hobart enjoy a late start to their 2018/19 campaign. Nothing will come easy in front of a loud and energized Brisbane crowd though, and to make matters worse, coaches Adam Griffith and Ben Rohrer have some decisions to make atop the order with Tim Paine serving Test duty.
It remains to be seen how the Hurricanes line up for this one. The smart option would be to have Alex Doolan open, leaving George Bailey to man the middle-order.
Hobart have won their last two games against Brisbane despite the Heat entering as the favourites. Brisbane are now 2-4 as home favourites, and given how poorly their opening order performed on Wednesday, there’s nothing to suggest Hobart can’t pull off an upset.
Tip: Hobart Hurricanes at $2.08
Value BET: Man Of The Match – Matthew Wade at $9.00
Brisbane Heat squad
Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Sam Heazlett, Matt Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Brendon McCullum, James Pattinson, Jimmy Peirson, Jack Prestwidge, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Matt Renshaw, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson
Hobart Hurricanes squad
Matthew Wade (c), Jofra Archer (England), George Bailey (c), Johan Botha, Jake Doran, James Faulkner, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Simon Milenko, Tymal Mills (England), David Moody, Tim Paine, Tom Rogers, Clive Rose, D’Arcy Short, Aaron Summers
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change