2020-21 Super Smash – Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts taking place? Sunday 24th January, 2021 – 01:40 (UK)

Where is Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts taking place? Basin Reserve, Wellington

Where can I get tickets for Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts? Ticket information for the Dream11 Super Smash can be found here

What channel is Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

THE LOWDOWN

WELLINGTON FIREBIRDS

  • Wellington Firebirds slipped to their first defeat in this edition of the Super Smash last time out as they fell to a four-wicket loss at the hands of the Northern Knights, so they will be eager to bounce back here.
  • The major negative in that loss was the nasty finger injury sustained by star all-rounder Jimmy Neesham which has ruled him out so that is a major blow to their hopes here and potentially further in the tournament.
  • They will miss him for his bowling as that has been where he has been at his best rather than with the bat so they will likely lean on Ben Sears and potentially even Finn Allen to bowl more overs as part-timers.

OTAGO VOLTS

  • Otago Volts made a solid start winning two of their opening three games but they have since lost their last three matches and they simply have to win here otherwise they can wave goodbye to their hopes of reaching the knockout phase.
  • The Volts will be hoping their batsmen can find some form with none of them managing to score big in recent games and Hamish Rutherford especially needs to get some runs at the top of the order after a poor run.
  • Llew Johnson has been left out with Max Chu coming into the squad while Nathan Smith will surely keep his place in the team after taking 4/32 in his first appearance of this Super Smash campaign last time out.

THE PREDICTION

Wellington Firebirds will be fired up to get back to winning ways after their five-game winning streak came to an end last time out. They face an Otago Volts side who have lost their last three and they have very few players in any real form right now. It is hard to make a case for the Volts who have very little chance of reaching the knockout phase now and simply do not possess the quality that the Firebirds do. Wellington will miss Jimmy Neesham sorely but they still have plenty of talent in their side and they should ease to victory here.

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