The vital matches are coming thick and fast in the 2015-16 Big Bash League (BBL), and the next one comes on Thursday the 7th January at the Spotless Stadium when in match number 22. The Sydney Thunder play host to the defending Champions, the Perth Scorchers. You can get the Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers betting tips & watch its live streaming here.
The Scorchers successfully and easily defended their score of 175 against the Thunder
The Thunder started the season belying their atrocious history in the tournament, having finished rock bottom of the qualifying table during the first three seasons, and in the last campaign they rose to the giddy heights of seventh. Three straight wins saw them for the first time at the top of the qualifying table.
However, they have now slipped to consecutive defeats, going down by 11 runs in Hobart against the Hurricanes, and even more surprisingly at the Gabba by 6-wickets against the Brisbane Heat, who until that result had failed to register a single victory.
If eight points are sufficient to secure a semi-final place, as it has been in previous seasons, then both sides know that a win on Thursday will take them to that vital figure, and will allow them to push on for a top two finish, that will ensure that they will host their last four contest.
The Scorchers lost the opening fixture in their defence of their title, when they were beaten at the WACA by 4-wickets by the Adelaide Strikers. They then put together a three match winning streak, that lifted them up the table and made them many people’s favourite for a third successive BBL title.
However, on Tuesday, the Strikers once more proved to be the Scorchers undoing, claiming a 36-run win at the Gabba, as English leg-spinner, Adil Rashid continued his fine form, taking 3-23.
Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers head to head:
Given the records of the teams over the previous four years, it is of little surprise that the Scorchers have won three and lost just one of the previous four meeting between the sides.
Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers betting tips & predictions
Scorchers to win: 4/5
Match starts at 7.40 pm local time (0840 hours GMT) on January 7.