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The final round of matches in the BBL is going on and we still do not know who the teams are that will be a part of the playoffs! This next match is between the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Sixers. There is nothing that is going to prevent the Sixers from making the playoffs since they already have enough points to guarantee them a top-2 finish.
The Melbourne Stars, however, need to win and hope that two other results go their way to be able to qualify. The only thing that is in their hands is to try and win this match.
The Sixers have lost their previous two matches and would not want to lose three on the trot in the lead up to the payoffs.
Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers BBL 2020-21 is going to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on the 26th of January 2021.
The Stars have been going through a batting crisis in recent matches as both Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell have hit a rough patch. Stoinis seems to be trying to go hard from the start but is neither being able to score quickly nor apple to build towards a big inning.
He has to play his natural game because the Stars bank upon him very heavily.
The same is the case with Glenn Maxwell, although, with him, you know what you are going to get.
Nick Larkin has been in decent touch and even Seb Gotch played a few good shots. Overall, though, we think the Stars are a weaker batting team than the Sixers in their current form.
Adam Zampa, Zahir Khan, and even Glenn Maxwell will have a big role to play as we expect the MCG wicket to slow up a bit. The massive boundaries anyway play to the strengths of the spinners.
Marcus Stoinis, Sebastian Gotch, N Larkin, Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sam Rainbird, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake, Zahir Khan.
The Sydney Sixers would be perturbed with their two losses but not overly worried. They were up against two big chases in their previous two matches and still ended up scoring over 180 on both occasions.
That means their batting is firing and just the bowling needs to get its act together.
We identified the bowling as a weak link at the start of the tournament but the recent fall in performance levels has been quite dramatic. Carlos Brathwaite, Sean Abbott, and Ben Dwarshius should be able to get some sanity back into the proceedings.
We also think Steve O’Keefe is going to be back for this match as he could be tough to get away at the MCG.
Among the batsmen, Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques, James Vince, and Jordan Silk are in fine touch. We have also seen how effective Dan Christian and Carlos Brathwaite have been with the bat whenever they have got the opportunity.
The basics of the Sydney Sixers are good and we don’t think two losses are going to affect them too much at this stage in the tournament.
Josh Philippe, James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques, DT Christian, Jordan Silk, Carlos Brathwaite, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve O'Keefe, Jackson Bird.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first. This will be the second match played at the MCG and so the wicket could get a bit slow. The team batting first will have a decent advantage.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
There is no rain predicted for match day and we should have an uninterrupted contest to enjoy. The pitch at the MCG was bouncy and very good to bat on in the previous match. This, however, is going to be the second match in a day and so we could see more spin and fewer runs being scored.
A score of around 160 should be par in our opinion.
We think the Sydney Sixers are the team to back in this contest. They have the skills needed to bounce back from a couple of losses. They are also going to be playing with lesser pressure on their shoulders.
A stronger batting lineup may help them get the edge against the Stars.
Bet on the Sydney Sixers to win.
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