2020-21 Super Smash – Auckland Aces vs Central Stags Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Auckland Aces vs Central Stags taking place? Saturday 23rd January, 2021 – 02:10 (UK)

Where is Auckland Aces vs Central Stags taking place? Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland

Where can I get tickets for Auckland Aces vs Central Stags? Ticket information for the Dream11 Super Smash can be found here

What channel is Auckland Aces vs Central Stags on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Auckland Aces vs Central Stags? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

THE LOWDOWN

AUCKLAND ACES

  • The Auckland Aces miserable Super Smash continues as they have lost all six of their games in this edition and with no chance of qualifying for the knockout phase now, they have nothing but pride to play for.
  • Despite the return of Kyle Jamieson last time out, they were still beaten by the Northern Knights and there are still plenty of improvements to make with both bat and ball as they look for more from their star players like Guptill and Jamieson.
  • After missing the last match against the Knights, Mark Chapman returns at the expense of Will O’Donnell to bolster their batting line-up and he adds to a strong batting order that already contains internationals Guptill and Phillips.

CENTRAL STAGS

  • The Central Stags have won their last three games and they come off an extremely solid victory by five wickets over the Otago Volts last time out as they look to compound the Aces’ miseries here.
  • With a place in the knockout stage already secured, the Stags will be keen to continue this form and carry momentum into the latter stage of the tournament while they will be aiming to finish in top spot in the ladder.
  • The Stags have named the same squad for this match and they are likely to go unchanged as they look to pick up another win over the Aces after beating them comfortably by 70 runs earlier in the tournament.

THE PREDICTION

All the momentum is with the Central Stags coming into this game as they have won their last three games while the Auckland Aces have lost all six of their matches. The Aces are clearly underperforming but with the quality in their side, they will surely grab a win or two before the end of the tournament if they can click into gear. They have nothing but pride to play for although that could make them dangerous if teams under-estimate them or approach them with complacency. The Stags are unlikely to do that given the names in the Aces’ ranks and they can inflict a seventh successive loss on the Auckland outfit.

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