Mzansi League 2018- Jozi Stars vs Tshwane Spartans 28th Match Prediction. The last few group matches of the inaugural Mzansi Super League are about to be played out and the Tshwane Spartans still have some hope of making it to the knockouts. As things stand, Cape Town Blitz is assured of a place in the final where it will await the winner of the match between the Jozi Stars and one more team.
That team could be one of the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Paarl Rocks, or the Tshwane Spartans.
To reach that stage, Tshwane Spartans has to win both of its remaining matches, the first of which is up against the Jozi Stars.
Cape Town Blitz was notably down on energy in its last league match because it did not hold much meaning regardless of the outcome. The Jozi Stars are also in the same situation and so it will be interesting to see if they make that same mistake as well.
- Tshwane Spartans got the better of Jozi Stars earlier in the tournament and that should make them feel more confident heading into this game.
- Jozi Stars have the benefit of playing at their home ground. However, they have lost three out of the four matches played here.
- Jozi Stars are coming off a defeat while Tshwane Spartans are carrying momentum with them having won their last two matches.
Our Pick: Tshwane Spartans
Who Will Win Tshwane Spartans vs Jozi Stars, MSL 2018?
A desperate Tshwane Spartans will look to keep their playoffs hopes alive when they take on the Jozi Stars in this 28th game of the Mzansi Super League 2018. The match is scheduled to be played on December 11 at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Live action will commence at 7 PM local time.
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JS vs TS, MSL 2018: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
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The pitch at the New Wanderers Stadium tends to be a high-scoring one and remains true throughout the course of the game. Since it is difficult to determine a safe first-innings total here, the toss-winning captain may be inclined to bowl first.
Jozi Stars Team News & Playing 11
JS Team News
Jozi Stars dropped Ryan Rickelton and replaced him with wicketkeeper-batsman Petrus van Biljon in the last game against Paarl Rocks. Although the latter failed to impress with the bat, the team will probably give him another chance. The Stars have no injury concerns at the moment and we expect them to go into this match with an unchanged line-up.
JS Key Players
Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen have been the most consistent batsmen for Jozi Stars and are amongst the top three run-scorers of the MSL 2018. The former has hit two centuries and two fifties in the tournament which includes a knock of 55 in the reverse fixture while the latter smashed an unbeaten 55-ball 83 in the last game against Paarl Rocks. Apart from these two, Chris Gayle and skipper Dane Vilas are also key figures in this batting line-up. Duanne Olivier, Kagiso Rabada and Simon Harmer form a threatening bowling attack. Olivier is the tournament’s joint-leading wicket-taker with 16 wickets. The pacer is coming off a three-wicket-haul against the Rocks and he along with Rabada who has 11 wickets in 7 matches could do some damage early on with the new ball. Harmer, the off-spinner, claimed 3-26 last time against the Spartans and he will look to deliver a similar performance here.
JS Recent Form
Jozi Stars are sitting pretty in the second place on the MSL 2018 leaderboard with five wins and four losses from nine league matches. They had won four matches on the trot before their winning streak was brought to an end by Paarl Rocks who beat them by six wickets in the last game at Johannesburg. The Stars did well with the bat in that game to score 170 but could not hold their nerve with the ball as they failed to defend that total.
Jozi Stars Predicted Playing 11
- Chris Gayle, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Dane Vilas (c/wk), Petrus van Biljon, Daniel Christian, Simon Harmer, Dwaine Pretorius, Nono Pongolo, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier
Tshwane Spartans Team News & Playing 11
TS Team News
Tshwane Spartans made just the one change in their side for the last match against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, bringing in fast bowler Andrew Birch in place of Rory Kleinveldt. Birch did a pretty good job with the ball and he is likely to be retained for this upcoming clash against Jozi Stars. The Spartans are coming on the back of a win and so they may not want to tweak their current line-up.
TS Key Players
Gihahn Cloete has scored the most runs for Tshwane Spartans in the MSL 2018. The opening batsman has struck three half-centuries in the tournament and is coming off an impressive 65 against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. Dean Elgar and AB de Villiers have been the team’s next-best batsmen with 195 and 189 runs respectively. Elgar played a match-winning knock of 79 not-out in the reverse encounter and the Spartans will be hoping that he comes up with something special again. Eoin Morgan has not got going yet but Tuesday could be his day. With the ball, the Spartans will rely on fast bowler Lutho Sipamla and leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis to win them the game. Both are amongst the tournament’s best bowlers with 13 and 16 wickets respectively and Jozi Stars may find themselves uncomfortable against them. Shaun von Berg was the standout performer last time out with figures of 3-19 and he too could trouble the batsmen with his legbreaks.
TS Recent Form
Back-to-back wins over Paarl Rocks and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants have kept Tshwane Spartans in the race for the playoffs. They have now won four and lost as many league matches out of the eight they have played in the tournament and are currently placed second from bottom in the MSL 2018 standings. The Spartans were impressive with the ball in the last game as they restricted the Giants 28 runs short of their total of 165.
Tshwane Spartans Predicted Playing 11
- Andrea Agathangelou, Gihahn Cloete (wk), Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers (c), Eoin Morgan, Tony de Zorzi, Robbie Frylinck, Shaun von Berg, Jeevan Mendis, Andrew Birch, Lutho Sipamla
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
JS : L W W W W
TS : W W L W L
JS vs TS Head to Head
Tshwane Spartans defeated Jozi Stars by four wickets in their first clash of the tournament at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. After losing the toss and put into bat first, the Stars set a stiff target of 187 for the Spartans who, thanks to Dean Elgar’s 79 not-out, got over the line in the final over of the match.Jozi Stars vs Tshwane Spartans Betting Odds
Tshwane Spartans vs Jozi Stars Betting Odds
Jozi Stars have the home advantage in their favor and find themselves in a comfortable position in the tournament which is why they begin as favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this Mzansi Super League match. The home team is being offered at odds of 1.70 on Betway, 1.72 on Bet365 and 1.79 on Betfair. Tshwane Spartans are the underdogs at a higher price of 2.05 on Betway, 2.10 on Bet365 and 2.14 on Betfair.
Jozi Stars vs Tshwane Spartans Prediction
Tshwane Spartans’ hopes of qualifying through to the playoffs hang by a thread. This is a must win game for them and so they will be playing under plenty of pressure. Jozi Stars, on the flipside, have no pressure whatsoever as they have already been guaranteed a spot in the top three. Momentum, however, is going to be with the Spartans who are coming on the back of two consecutive victories while the Stars have lost their momentum after going down to Paarl Rocks in their last match. The latter do have the home advantage on their side but they will also be wary of the fact that they have been beaten three times out of four at this ground. Tshwane Spartans are desperate for a win and we expect them to come out all guns blazing against Jozi Stars.
Final Verdict: Back Tshwane Spartans to beat Jozi Stars at 2.05 on Betway, 2.10 on Bet365 and 2.14 on Betfair.
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