Match number 24 in this season’s Big Bash League (BBL), throws together the Renegades and the Stars in a huge Melbourne derby at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 9th January. You can get the Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars betting tips & watch its live streaming here.
Both sides are in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages, which for the Stars would be a fifth successive appearance in the semi-finals, although they have yet to progress beyond the last four, while for the Renegades it would be only the second time that they have made it out of the qualifying group.
The Renegades have won two and lost three of their BBL fixtures this season, and sit on the periphery of the fight for qualification. Victory in the derby would however, thrust them into the mix and give them all to play for in their last two games, against the Strikers and the Thunder.
The Stars hold a two point lead over their city rivals, with three wins and two defeats. A win on Saturday at the Etihad would take them to a total of eight points, which is normally accepted as enough to make it into the last four. Although, this season’s table appears to be more congested than ever, and it might take eight points and a superior run rate to finish in the top four of the ladder.
The first Melbourne derby of the season took place in Match No. 16 at the MCG on January 2nd, when a record crowd for an Australian domestic fixture of over 80,000 piled through the turnstiles, and watch the Stars get home by seven wickets with five balls to spare, thanks to a stunning century by Englishman Luke Wright, whose unbeaten 109 contained 11 fours and 4 sixes.
Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars head to head:
The current head to head record between the teams, is two wins to the Renegades and six victories for the Stars.
Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars betting tips & predictions
Renegades to win: 4/5
Match starts at 6.40 pm local time (0840 hours GMT) on January 9.