This is a pretty key game for both of these sides as they sit outside the top four, and neither come into the match in particularly good form. The Sixers will take great heart from the fact that they beat the Heat earlier in the tournament...
On paper it is hard to oppose the Renegades, who come into the game full of confidence and can join Hobart at the top of the table with 12 points with a win, however the Stars should be a different proposition than we saw last time out with both their batting and bowling attack strengthened with the likes of Maxwell, Handscombe, Zampa and Stoinis back.
Hobart arrive in top form with D’Arcy Short on fire once again this term with 355 runs so far at an average of 59.16. BBL’s top scorer can lead the Hurricanes to another victory against a Scorchers team whose attack has been blunted by the loss of Richardson and Behrendorff, and although their batting has improved of late, they should fall short once again here.
With both teams coming into the game on a high following emphatic wins last time out, an intriguing contest is in store and it could be explosive stuff with two of the BBL’s star men, Chris Lynn and Shane Watson, set to lock horns.
A big game for both sides as the season edges towards the business end, with both knowing that victory would take them into second in the standings. The match is the first of five consecutive home games at the SCG for the Sixers and they can get this run off to the perfect start against a deflated Renegades team missing key player Finch.
It seems virtually impossible to like the Stars without their host of international players at the moment. They have lost their last two matches, and the squad is really light on quality without Maxwell, Stoinis, Handscombe and Zampa, while the players they do have like Maddinson are short off playing time and form.
Contrasting form for these two teams as the Thunder are struggling while the Strikers are clicking into gear now in BBL08. They have been impacted more by international call-ups but Thunder will miss Buttler badly so they need Watson and Ferguson especially to raise their game now.
The Scorchers know they have little margin for error right now as they look to build on their two victories. They have a strong record against the Sixers recently which will give them confidence coming into this match.
These two teams played just a couple of days ago and the Renegades won that match comfortably. Both teams have some enforced changes to make but it is the Renegades who are least affected as the Heat have lost their primary fast bowler to injury without a replacement yet.
Both teams are depleted by international absentees and are coming off defeats but it is the Strikers who have the greater depth that should see them cope with the missing players better.
The Renegades have dominated recent matches against Brisbane Heat in recent years having won their last six meetings so that will give them some confidence coming into this match. Both teams have had positive results of late that will give them some confidence and will know this is a crucial match based on how tight the BBL08 ladder currently is.
Call-ups to the Australia one-day international squad are starting to kick in now the test series is complete so more BBL teams will be impacted and both of these are. The Stars are significantly weakened without the in-form Stoinis especially, and they already lost Lamichhane last week.
This is a crunch game for both teams as the Thunder have been struggling badly for form in recent games while the Heat have just won their first match and will look to move up the ladder now.
The Renegades are struggling badly in recent matches to get going but the return of Aaron Finch is massive. Not only will it allow their batsmen like Cameron White to return to his natural position, but it will also enable Tom Cooper to focus on his game rather than captaincy also.