SSL 2018-19 Northern Knights vs Auckland 10th Match Prediction. Auckland Aces, after the five-wicket loss to Canterbury Kings in their last game, will look to bounce back when they face table-toppers Knights in this tenth fixture of the Super Smash 2018-19. The match will be played on January 6 at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. Live telecast is scheduled to begin at 4 PM local time.
- The Knights are leading the Super Smash points table with two wins from three matches and are high on confidence.
- The Knights have beaten Auckland in their previous three head-to-head encounters which includes winning both the matches of the last season.
- Auckland Aces have looked flat with the bat so far and the absence of Martin Guptill will put even more pressure on their underperforming batsmen.
Our Pick: Northern Knights
NK vs AKL , Super Smash 2018-19: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sport NZ
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Sky Go
Northern Knights Team News & Playing 11
The Knights have a strong batting line-up with their top three in Anton Devcich, Tim Seifert and skipper Dean Brownlie holding the key. Brownlie is currently leading the runs charts with 144 runs and the team will want him to continue his good form. Seifert and Devcich smashed a century and a fifty respectively against Auckland last season and the opening pair will be expected to fire once again. Daryl Mitchell has batted well on occasions and he along with big-hitter Corey Anderson are the main men in the middle order. On the bowling front, the Knights depend mainly on Anton Devcich, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi to take wickets and keep the opposition’s scoring-rate in check. Devcich may not have made a major contribution with the bat so far this season, but he has definitely made a mark with the ball. He has taken five wickets in three matches and could trouble the Auckland batsmen with his left-arm spin.
Northern Knights Predicted Playing 11
- Tim Seifert (wk), Anton Devcich, Dean Brownlie (c), Brett Hampton, Corey Anderson, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Daniel Flynn, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Brett Randell
Auckland Aces Team News & Playing 11
Auckland had a terrible day with the bat in the last game against Canterbury Kings and they will need the likes of James Vince, Glenn Phillips and Mark Chapman to make healthy contributions here and lay a solid platform for the batsmen to follow. With Martin Guptill not available due to his international commitments, it will be even more crucial for these three top-order batsmen to score big. Skipper Craig Cachopa is a very capable batsmen and it will be up to him to anchor the innings in the middle order. Mitchell McClenaghan, Ben Lister and William Somerville seem to be Auckland’s best bets with the ball at the moment. McClenaghan is coming off a three-wicket haul in his very first game of this Super Smash season and he will be the key man for his side due to all the international experience he possesses. The Knights will also be wary of Lister, the pacer who took five wickets against them last season.
Auckland Aces Predicted Playing 11
- James Vince, Sean Solia, Glenn Phillips (wk), Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa (c), Robert O’Donnell, Ronnie Hira, William Somerville, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ben Lister, Matthew Quinn
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
NK : W L W W W
AUK : L W NR L L
NK vs AUK Head to Head
Knights and Auckland Aces have played 22 matches against each other in the New Zealand domestic twenty20 tournaments with the former winning 10 of those and the latter 12.
The Knights have won their last three matches played against Auckland, including both the encounters of the previous season.
The two teams last faced each other in January 2018 at the Eden Park Outer Oval in a league-stage game of the last season. Auckland posted a big total of 202/5 after being put into bat first. The Knights, however, knocked off their target with ease in the 17th over to win the match by six wickets.
Matches Played: 22; Knights Won: 10; Auckland Won: 12
Northern Knights vs Auckland Aces Betting Odds
Auckland Aces begin as favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this Super Smash match at odds of 1.83 on Betfair. The Knights find themselves as outsiders at a little higher price of 1.91 with the same bookmaker.
Northern Knights vs Auckland Aces Prediction
The Knights, after securing a convincing victory in their last game against Otago Volts, will be going into this game high on confidence while Auckland Aces will feel a little more pressure having lost their last match to Canterbury Kings. Auckland do have a better overall record against the Knights but they have been beaten by them on the last three occasions. The latter did the double over the former in the previous edition and this should give them a big psychological advantage. Moreover, Auckland’s batting has not been up to the mark and with Martin Guptill not around, their top-order looks pretty vulnerable. So while Auckland will be desperate for a win, we feel the scales are tipped in favor of the Knights.