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28 Dec 2018 by Rob

2018-19 Big Bash League – Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers Preview

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When? Saturday, 29th December

Where? Marvel Stadium

Weather? 21-22 with a chance of showers all day that could threaten play

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

Are tickets still available? http://www.melbournerenegades.com.au/tickets

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Melbourne Renegades W3, Sydney Sixers W4

Last meeting: Melbourne Renegades beat Sydney Sixers by 8 wickets

MELBOURNE RENEGADES

Coach: Andrew McDonald

Captain: Tom Cooper

  • The Renegades come into this match against the Sixers as one of the two remaining teams to have a 100% winning record so they will be motivated to maintain that after impressive wins against Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers.

  • Will Sutherland, Joe Mennie and Kelvin Smith are all left out of the squad for this match and Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mackenzie Harvey and Beau Webster all come into the 13-man squad as they welcome the Sixers to town.

  • All-rounders Nabi and Christian have been superb in their opening two matches proving to be key with both bat and ball, but they will need their frontline batsmen and bowlers to raise their performances here.

SYDNEY SIXERS

Coach: Greg Shipperd

Captain: Moises Henriques

  • After a superb win in their opening match against Perth Scorchers, the Sydney Sixers have lost to rivals Sydney Thunder and then to the struggling Melbourne Stars to suggest they may have a difficult BBL08 campaign themselves.

  • They have made one change to their squad for this match as Lloyd Pope returns at the expense of Greg West although neither player has produced much quality form to shout about so it will make little difference ultimately.

  • They have changed their batting order in each game they have played so far but they desperately need their top order to improve as the middle order are being exposed too quickly in matches so the likes of Joe Denly, Jack Edwards and Moises Henriques need to improve quickly.

PREDICTION
Everything points to the Renegades coming into this clash with the Sixers who are struggling right now. The Melbourne outfit have plenty of quality and depth, and that has seen them through both of their matches so far. The Sixers however started well but struggled badly in their last two matches and ultimately their lack of experience and overall quality is the reason. Unless they produce something close to their best, it is hard to see them winning against most teams – not least an in-form Renegades side.

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