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05 Jan 2018 by TSZ

2017-18 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades Preview

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When? Saturday, 6th January

Where? Melbourne Cricket Ground

Weather? Temperatures as high as 41c are expected in Melbourne on Saturday but it should cool in the early evening

What channel is it on? Channel TEN in Australia & BT Sport 2 in the UK

Are tickets still available? http://www.melbournestars.com....

Where can I stream the match? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Melbourne Stars W4, Melbourne Renegades W1
All-time meetings: Melbourne Stars W8, Melbourne Renegades W3

MELBOURNE STARS

Coach: Stephen Fleming

Captain: John Hastings

  • The Stars’ winless start to the season is causing major cause for concern after three matches and the pressure is growing with every game as there is plenty of talk of playing as individuals and not as a team, and question marks over the future of many players as they come into this derby.
  • They will take some comfort from their record in the Melbourne derby beating the Renegades in 7 of their last 8 meetings, but they have to vastly improve their form in all facets of the game including their fielding which has been poor and their top order batting in particular.
  • Peter Handscomb comes back into the 13-man squad after being released from national team duty while Jackson Coleman and Seb Gotch have also been named as Rob Quiney and Evan Gulbis have both been dropped, but there is little doubt that all the pressure is on their big name stars coming into this game.

MELBOURNE RENEGADES

Coach: David Saker

Captain: Aaron Finch

  • The Renegades have shone in their opening four matches barring one narrow loss to the Perth Scorchers and in contrast to their city rivals, there is plenty of positivity around the team with many of their players hitting form.
  • They have named Jon Holland and Chris Tremain along with the 11 players that comfortably beat the Sydney Sixers by eight wickets on Wednesday and the likelihood is that they will repeat the same team from that game.
  • The match against the Sixers saw arguably their best bowling performance of BBL07 to date and the biggest plus to come out of that game was captain Aaron Finch finally putting a knock together with the bat (51) while Cameron White continued his impressive start to the season.

PREDICTION
A fascinating Melbourne derby in store here as the Stars desperately need a win to rescue their campaign, while the in-form Renegades can continue their good start to the season and virtually kick their city rivals out of the competition. The Stars are renowned for starting slowly as they have in the last three editions and one would surely expect them to raise their game eventually and meet expectations but there is little in their performances to give confidence it will be here. The Renegades have the form and confidence, even though their head-to-head record is poor and they have often suffered from an inferiority complex against the Stars. The Stars are underdogs here and they may offer some value if their big names finally turn up on the biggest stage.

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