The first Big Bash League (BBL) Melbourne derby of the season takes place on Saturday 2nd January, when the Melbourne Stars meet the Melbourne Renegades in the 17th match of this season’s tournament at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Here’re the latest Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades betting tips & watch its live streaming here.
The sides currently occupy sixth and seventh position in the qualifying table, separated merely by their overall run rate. Both teams have played three fixtures so far, and recorded just a single win each. The Stars having the better run rate hold a slight advantage over their neighbours.
While nothing will be settled with regard to the future of either side in this season’s competition by the outcome of Saturday’s match, the losers will move to the brink of elimination.
On Wednesday the Renegades were the victims of the first ever 10-wicket defeat in the BBL, going down at the Etihad Stadium to the visiting reigning Champions, the Perth Scorchers.
If the match had been a one-sided affair, it might prove easier for the Renegades to pick themselves up for the vital derby. However, it was nothing of the sort, inasmuch as they posted 170-4, with Aaron Finch once more amongst the runs at the top of the order, with 72 off of 48 deliveries.
However, the Scorchers’ skipper Michael Klinger and Shaun Marsh, decreed as surplus to the Test team’s requirements, put together an opening stand of 171, which is a Scorchers record, and the second highest partnership in the history of the BBL.
The Stars having lost their opening two matches, against the Strikers and the Thunder, opened their account for the season in their most recent outing. A 5-wicket win against the Sixers at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
The Melbourne sides have met on seven previous occasions, with the Stars having won five matches, to the two successes of the Renegades.
Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades head to head
The Stars lead 5-2 against the Renegades.
Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades betting tips & predictions
Stars to win with bet365: 4/5
Match starts at 6.40 pm local time (0810 hours GMT) on January 2.