November 24, 2021 2:50 PM
Alex Sarwar

Auckland Aces vs Northern Brave Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Auckland Aces vs Northern Brave taking place? Auckland Aces vs Northern Brave will take place on Saturday 27th November, 2021 at 00:40 (UK)

Where is Auckland Aces vs Northern Brave taking place? Auckland Aces vs Northern Brave will take place at Kennards Hire Community Oval in Auckland

What is the expected weather for Auckland Aces vs Northern Brave? 22-23c dry, but cloudy with a gentle breeze

Where can I get tickets for Auckland Aces vs Northern Brave? Click here to buy tickets for Auckland Aces vs Northern Brave

What TV channel is Auckland Aces vs Northern Brave on in the UK? Auckland Aces vs Northern Brave will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Auckland Aces vs Northern Brave? BT Sport subscribers can stream Auckland Aces vs Northern Brave live on the BT Sport Player & app

THE TEAM NEWS

AUCKLAND ACES

  • Auckland Aces endured a very disappointing last Super Smash campaign, finishing in fifth-place and will no doubt be determined to improve on that showing this time round.
  • The Aces will have to begin the competition without both all-rounder Glenn Phillips and fast bowler Kyle Jamieson with both on New Zealand Test duty, whilst both Martin Guptill and Lockie Ferguson’s participation is unknown at this stage with both having just returned to New Zealand following both the T20 World Cup and a T20i series with India, so both may be afforded rests.

NORTHERN BRAVE

  • Northern Brave narrowly missed out on finishing inside the top three back in February and a small improvement to their overall performances may well see them reach those all-important finals in this latest edition of the Super Smash.
  • Whether Auckland Aces will be able to call upon the services of Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme and Ish Sodhi will be crucial as to their chances of success here, with all three having flown home from India this past week.

THE PREDICTION

The sensible play would be to wait until both teams have been announced before making any moves here, as both teams could well find themselves without some key names that would have likely had a huge effect on this contest. When weighing up the non-international players on each side, the Brave just narrowly have the edge, especially when you take into account their performances in the 2020-21 Super Smash. However, Auckland Aces having home advantage could well be a crucial factor here, with the pitch no doubt curated to suit the hosts’ strengths. Therefore, backing Auckland Aces to secure a narrow win should be seriously considered.

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