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The Super Smash 2021-22 returns this weekend as the Auckland Aces get ready to take on the Otago Volts. These are the two teams that sit right at the bottom of the Super Smash table, however, the Auckland Aces have played two or in some cases three matches fewer than other teams.
With three wins out of six matches, the Auckland Aces have a real shot of fighting for a playoff spot. The Otago Volts have won just one match out of the eight that they have played. They have looked far short of the level shown by the other teams and have been rated the clear underdog by all leading cricket betting sites for this match as well.
Match prediction and cricket betting tips for Auckland Aces vs Otago Volts Super Smash 2021-22. The match is going to be played at Eden Park, Auckland on the 15th of January 2022.
The Auckland Aces suffered a bit of shock in the previous match as they lost to the Canterbury Kings but they will be hoping to bounce back strongly in this one. The Aces are going to be without Martin Guptill who picked up an injury in the tournament, and Mark Chapman did not play the previous match.
Still, the presence of George Worker and Glenn Phillips does give the batting a lot of power with some useful players down the order to chip in as necessary. Lockie Ferguson made a comeback into the playing eleven and is expected to lead the bowling attack once more. His presence gives the Auckland Aces a definite edge in this contest. Somerville, Lister, and Ashok have been quite good in the previous matches as well.
George Worker, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Graeme Beghin, Robert O'Donnell, Ben Horne, Sean Solia, William Somerville, Lockie Ferguson, Adithya Ashok, Benjamin Lister.
Otago Volts continue to struggle in match after match as its batting woes refuse to end. The team does seem to have a decent lineup on paper with players like Rutherford, Kelly, Kitchen, and Broom in the playing eleven but the performances have just not been there. The Otago Volts will be hoping for a strong end to the tournament but to expect something different from the same set of players that have failed repeatedly this season seems to be a bit short-sighted.
Kitchen, Duffy, and Bacon lead the bowling lineup for the Otago Volts. This is a dependable but average bowling attack. For this lineup to win matches for the Otago Volts is rare and so it is the batting that will have to step up.
Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom, Nick Kelly, Dale Phillips, Llew Johnson, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon, Max Chu, Angus McKenzie, Jake Gibson, Jacob Duffy.
The team that wins the toss may look to field first.
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There is a bit of rain predicted in Auckland on match day but for the most part, we should have a nice day on which to enjoy some cricket. Eden Park is one of our favorite venues for cricket. It has comically small boundaries but the pitch has acquired some real life in recent seasons and that ends up evening out the contest. There may be a lot of runs scored in one match but the bowlers could end up dominating the next one. As a chasing side, you are never really going to feel comfortable defending a total at Eden Park.
We are going to bet on the Auckland Aces to win. We do think that they have a stronger batting lineup even without Martin Guptill available for selection. Glenn Phillips showed us a glimpse of why he is rated so highly across the world and he could end up being the difference in this match as well.
Bet on the Auckland Aces to win.
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