MLS vs SYT Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Jan 25, 2023
It’s actually a bit surprising that the Thunder are in fifth place, especially after losing four out of their last five matches, and one of those being a horrific 125-run loss to the Sixers.
It’s all over for the Stars, however, who will look to next season and consider ways to improve. Melbourne has a 3-10 record and has also lost four out of their last five games, so it’s perhaps not the most exciting game on the schedule.
MLS vs SYT Team Previews
The Stars have played fairly well in recent matches, but just can’t get the wins. However, somehow we feel that Melbourne could ruin Sydney’s chances and get a victory here.
Marcus Stoinis is back and he always has the chance to score big, and Joe Clarke (377 total runs) is the biggest batting threat on the side. Plus, there’s occasionally good help from Hilton Cartwright and Thomas Rogers, so it’s never good to take it easy against the Stars.
The bowling is a bit iffy at times, as Zampa usually gets thumped around the ground, but Luke Wood (19 total wickets) was great versus the Heat with 2/38. If Wood has a game such as 3/30, then Melbourne has a chance.
Melbourne Stars Playing 11
Joe Clarke, Thomas Fraser Rogers, Campbell Kellaway, Marcus Stoinis, Hilton Cartwright, BJ Webster, Nick Larkin, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Luke Wood, Liam Hatcher, Adam Zampa.
The Thunder have had two awful games this season: One was this recent loss to the Sixers by only scoring 62 runs, and the other was at the start of the campaign when the team lost to the Strikers by only making 15 runs!
David Warner has been pretty poor during the four games in the BBL, as he has only made 61 runs and hasn’t looked like the same cricketer as he did in the Test series against South Africa.
Oliver Davies has been the lone star for the team with 325 runs, although he picked up a duck and only two runs in his last two matches. Matthew Gilkes has been somewhat helpful lately, but even if this Thunder team makes the playoffs, there’s no way they’re reaching the Final.
It might not matter much, but David Warner won’t be available due to Australia Test commitments.
Sydney Thunder Playing 11
David Warner, Matthew Gilkes, Jason Sangha, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green, Gurinder Sandhu, Usman Qadir.
MLS vs SYT Toss Prediction
Any team winning the toss should look to bowl first and see how the pitch plays out.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The MCG is typically a solid venue for both batters and bowlers, as the bounce is great for pace bowlers but this can aid the batters looking to find the boundaries.
MLS vs SYT Betting Tips
Even if the Stars can’t make the playoffs, they have far better odds for the win, and it certainly isn’t impossible with good players like Clarke and Wood in the team.
The Thunder haven’t played very well recently and Warner isn’t quite the BBL star we hoped for. Melbourne has a good record against the Thunder and it seems like they may just give it their all to ruin the day of their Sydney rivals.
Bet on the Stars to win.
Bonus Cricket Bets
He's back from injury and ready to play big again.
Bit of a slump lately but he should return to good form.
He can wreck the Thunder lineup and cause trouble.
Usually reliable and can grab two or three wickets in each game.