BBL 2018-19 Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers 12th Match Prediction. Melbourne Renegades will be eyeing their third straight win of the season when they face-off against Sydney Sixers. This twelfth fixture of the Big Bash League 2018-19 is scheduled to be played on December 29 at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. Live action will commence at 7 PM local time.
- Melbourne Renegades are high on confidence after wins in their first two matches while Sydney Sixers are under pressure with defeats in their last two matches.
- Sydney Sixers have beaten Melbourne Renegades four times in their last five meetings and twice in the three matches against them at this ground.
- Melbourne Renegades have the home advantage in their favor but they have lost three of their last four matches played at this ground.
Our Pick: Melbourne Renegades
MLR vs SYS, BBL 2018-19: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
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Last week’s match played at the Docklands Stadium between Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers witnessed a spicy pitch that offered plenty of assistance to the bowlers, especially early on in the evening. Since a similar wicket is expected for this game, the team that wins the ‘bat flip’ here will probably elect to bowl first.
Melbourne Renegades Team News & Playing 11
MLR Team News
Melbourne Renegades made just one change in their side for the last game against Adelaide Strikers, replacing all-rounder Will Sutherland by specialist batsman Kelvin Smith who managed to score just three runs. The home team has made a few changes to its squad for this game – Kelvin Smith, Will Sutherland and Joe Mennie have been dropped while Beau Webster and Mackenzie Harvey, both of whom have recovered from their respective injuries, have been included.
MLR Key Players
Sam Harper and Cameron White have both had a good hit each and they will hold the key to Melbourne Renegades’ batting at the top of the order. With Tim Ludeman struggling to score runs, the onus will be on these two to provide a strong start to the team. Mohammad Nabi and Daniel Christian who scored 48 and 49 respectively in the last game against Adelaide Strikers are the team’s best bets with the bat down the order. Kane Richardson, Daniel Christian and Jack Wildermuth form a threatening bowling attack and the Renegades will be counting on this trio to deliver the goods with the ball on Saturday night. Richardson was one of the team’s leading wicket-takers last year. The fast bowler has already taken five from two matches this season and he could cause problems for Sydney Sixers on this seamer-friendly surface. Christian claimed a three-wicket haul against Perth Scorchers and he will look to replicate that performance here.
MLR Recent Form
Just like the previous season, Melbourne Renegades have got their Big Bash League campaign off to a brilliant start with wins in their first two matches. With four points in the bag, they are currently positioned second on the BBL 2018-19
Melbourne Renegades Predicted Playing 11
- Sam Harper, Tim Ludeman (wk), Cameron White, Beau Webster/Mackenzie Harvey, Tom Cooper (c), Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Christian, Jack Wildermuth, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Usman Khan
Sydney Sixers Team News & Playing 11
SYS Team News
Sydney Sixers played fast bowler Greg West in place of leg-spinner Lloyd Pope in their last match against Melbourne Stars. The team has now dropped the former from its squad due to his poor performance and will probably bring Pope back into the side for this upcoming match against Melbourne Renegades. The rest of the line-up is likely to remain unchanged.
SYS Key Players
Daniel Hughes and Jordan Silk have looked promising so far in the year’s BBL and the Sixers’ batting seems to rely heavily on them. Both these batsmen struck impressive half-centuries against Perth Scorchers and the team will be expecting a similar showing from them when they take on Melbourne Renegades. Moises Henriques and Joe Denly are yet to make a sizeable contribution with the bat and the Sixers will be hoping that they are able to fire in this match. Sean Abbott was among the tournament’s best bowlers last season. The pacer has taken four wickets in three games this BBL and he will be backed by his team to bowl well at this ground. Ben Dwarshuis is coming on the back of a three-wicket haul against Melbourne Stars and he will be dangerous with the new ball in the powerplay. Steve O’Keefe has been the pick of the bowlers with seven wickets and the left-arm spinner is likely to come up with another strong performance.
SYS Recent Form
Sydney Sixers made a bright start to their campaign, beating Perth Scorchers by 17 runs at home. But it seems the last year’s debacle has come to haunt them again as they have faced defeats in their next two matches. Their victory over the Scorchers was short-lived as they lost to cross-town rivals Sydney Thunder by 21 runs before going down to Melbourne Stars by 5 wickets at home in their last game. The Sixers now find themselves seventh in the league standings with two points from three matches.
Sydney Sixers Predicted Playing 11
- Jack Edwards, Joe Denly, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe (wk), Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Steve O’Keefe, Ben Dwarshuis, Lloyd Pope
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
MLR : W W L W W
SYS : L L W W W
MLR vs SYS Head to Head
Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Sixers have played seven matches against each other in the Big Bash League with the latter leading the scoreline 4-3.
Sydney Sixers have won four of the last five matches they have played against Melbourne Renegades.
Melbourne Renegades secured an emphatic eight-wicket win the last time they met Sydney Sixers in the tournament. The match was played during the league phase of the previous season at the Simonds Stadium in Victoria this year in January. Electing to bowl first, the Renegades restricted the Sixers to 111/8 and then comfortably chased their target to wrap up the match with more than four overs to spare.
Matches Played: 7; Melbourne Renegades Won: 3; Sydney Sixers Won: 4
Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers Betting Odds
Melbourne Renegades begin as the bookmakers’ favorites to win this Big Bash League game. The home team is currently being offered at odds of 1.66 on Betway and 1.72 on both Bet365 and Betfair. Sydney Sixers, after their back-to-back defeats, find themselves as the underdogs for this match at a higher price of 2.15 on Betway, 2.20 on Bet365 and 2.30 on Betfair.
Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Sixers Prediction
Melbourne Renegades seem to be on a roll with wins in their first two games while Sydney Sixers will be feeling the heat after facing defeats in their last two games. The latter, however, have beaten the former four times in their last five attempts which is something that should give them plenty of hope going into this game. The Renegades certainly have the benefit of playing at their home ground but they have also lost three of their last four matches here. Also, they have lost two out of the three matches they have played against the Sixers at this venue. Nevertheless, there is going to be a lot more pressure on Sydney Sixers and given the way Melbourne Renegades are going about their business, we expect the latter to make it three in a row.