We take a look at Saturday nights BBL Big Bash 2018 match between the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades at the MCG. View our tips and selections as well as our full match preview of the Melbourne Stars vs Melbourne Renegades game.
When: Saturday, January 6, 7.10pm (AEDT)
Where: MCHG, Melbourne
Another loss here would confine the Stars to the scrapheap so the added intensity of the derby might be precisely what they need to kickstart their season.
The Stars are on a six-match losing streak which is the longest in their history. With Ben Dunk struggling for touch, their average opening partnership is a pitiful 8.66 which is putting too much pressure on their middle order hitters to guide the innings instead of throwing caution to the wind. The Stars have struggled for penetration with their bowling although James Faulkner has been a shining light, conceding just 6.67 runs per over while others around him have leaked runs at a much higher rate.
The Renegades are having no such worries and their only loss has come at the hands of the undefeated Scorchers in a tight match at the Docklands.
The red half of Melbourne have chased successfully on three separate occasions and seem comfortable in that scenario.
Aaron Finch has been their highest scorer in five of their past 12 matches stretching back to the start of last season and might be the man to focus on again after a hard-hitting 51 in Wednesday’s win over the Sixers.
These two teams split their meetings last season with a record crowd of more than 80,000 flocking to the MCG in BBL05.
The Stars hold a commanding 8-3 record against their cross-town rivals overall and with their backs to the wall, we might finally see them produce something here.
Melbourne Stars at $2.10
Melbourne Renegades at $1.74
Tip: Melbourne Stars at $2.10
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