2019-20 Big Bash League – Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers taking place? Sunday 12th January, 2020 – 08:10 (UK)

Where is Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers taking place? Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

What is the expected weather for Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers? Expected conditions and temperature here

What television channel is Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers on in the UK? BT Sport have the rights to BBL09 matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers in the UK? If televised, BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Sixers? Visit the official BBL website for ticket information

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Last result here

THE TEAM NEWS

MELBOURNE STARS

  • Melbourne Stars come off yet another victory as they completed the double over their city rivals Melbourne Renegades in style earlier this week as skipper Glenn Maxwell produced a sensational innings to guide them to victory.
  • He may only have picked up one wicket last time out but Pakistani pace bowler Haris Rauf continues to be the revelation of BBL|09 and now has 14 wickets from just five matches played so they will look to him once again for inspiration.
  • They make two changes to the squad for this match as Sam Elliott drops out and Nathan Coulter-Nile is sensibly rested for this game after a busy schedule of late, so Jackson Coleman and Jonathan Merlo come into the Stars’ 13-man squad.

SYDNEY SIXERS

  • Sydney Sixers are coming off back-to-back wins against Adelaide Strikers where their bowlers restricted their opponent to modest totals on both occasions and they comfortable chased them down to take their streak to five wins in a row.
  • The Sixers’ success continues to come from having so many of their regular starters contributing in every game and they have four bowlers who have taken ten wickets or more which demonstrates their strength in depth.
  • After the birth of his son Archie earlier this week and missing their last match, skipper Moises Henriques returns to the squad for this match and he comes into the team at the expense of Josh Hazlewood who goes back on international duty in India with Australia’s one-day team.

THE PREDICTION

This match promises to be one of the most entertaining clashes in BBL|09 so far as the top two teams face off in Melbourne. The Stars are somewhat weakened by their international absentees and they continue to rely heavily on Glenn Maxwell. While they have the star power and the individual to win a game almost single-handedly, it is the Sixers who have the greater depth all-round. They are marginally favoured but this is a game that could simply go either way.

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