SSL 2018-19 Otago Volts vs Wellington Firebirds 24th Match Prediction. Otago Volts will look to bolster their chances of a top-three finish when they go up against a desperate Wellington Firebirds in this 24th fixture of the Super Smash 2018-19.
- Otago Volts secured a thrilling one-run win over Wellington Firebirds when the two teams faced each other earlier in the season.
- Otago Volts will be playing at their home ground and they have won four of their last seven matches here.
- Wellington Firebirds have a stronger batting line-up and have more in-form players in their side as compared to Otago Volts.
Our Pick: Wellington are favorites to win
Who Will Win Wellington vs Otago, Super Smash 2018-19?
Otago Volts will look to bolster their chances of a top-three finish when they go up against a desperate Wellington Firebirds in this 24th fixture of the Super Smash 2018-19. The match is scheduled to be played on January 27 at the University Oval in Dunedin. Live telecast will begin at 4 PM local time.
OTG vs WEL, Super Smash 2018-19: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sport NZ
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Sky Go
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for Otago Volts vs Wellington Firebirds, Super Smash 2018-19…
Otago Volts Team News & Playing 11
It was a good batting effort from Otago Volts in the previous game against Auckland Aces with almost every batsman chipping in with decent contributions. The team will once again expect strong performances from Hamish Rutherford, Anaru Kitchen and Ben Cox. Kitchen has scored the most runs for the Volts this Super Smash season and he even hit a fifty in the reverse encounter against the Wellington Firebirds. Rutherford top-scored with 37 last time and it will be up to him to take the team off to a brisk start. Jacob Duffy and Christi Viljoen have been the standout performers for Otago in terms of bowling. Duffy is one of the tournament’s leading wicket-takers with ten wickets in six matches and the skipper will look to land a few early blows on the Firebirds in the powerplay. Viljoen, who took a four-fer in the reverse fixture, could be difficult to deal with in the middle overs.
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Otago Volts Predicted Playing 11
- JJ Tasman-Jones, Hamish Rutherford, Shawn Hicks, Anaru Kitchen, Ben Cox (wk), Josh Finnie, Ben Raine, Brad Wilson, Christi Viljoen, Nathan G Smith, Jacob Duffy (c)
Wellington Firebirds Team News & Playing 11
Their top three – Devon Conway, Michael Bracewell and Adam Hose – have shown good form this Super Smash and the team will be counting on them to score the big runs against Otago Volts. Bracewell is currently the second-best batsman in the competition with 245 runs which includes three half-centuries, one of which was a magnificent 29-ball 60 in the reverse encounter. Hose has hit two fifties this season and is averaging close to 49. However, Wellington will also want James Neesham and Tom Blundell to step up. The team’s bowling department looks well-oiled with Ollie Newton, Jeetan Patel and Ben Sears all exhibiting good form. Newton, with ten wickets in six games, is amongst the season’s top five bowlers while Sears has six wickets in three games including a four-fer against Canterbury Kings. Patel has bowled well occasionally and the team will need the off-spinner to lend good support to Newton and Sears.
Wellington Firebirds Predicted Playing 11
- Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Adam Hose, James Neesham, Tom Blundell (wk), Troy Johnson, Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Jeetan Patel, Ben Sears, Hamish Bennett (c)
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
OTG : L NR L NR L
WEL : L L W W L
OTG vs WEL Head to Head
Otago Volts and Wellington Firebirds have gone head-to-head 16 times in the New Zealand domestic twenty20 tournaments. Nine of those have been won by the former and six by the latter with one having resulted in a tie.
Otago Volts pipped Wellington Firebirds by one run when the two teams faced each other in the fifth match of the ongoing season at the Basin Reserve. Otago posted 167/7 in their 20 overs after winning the toss and opting to bat first and then restricted Wellington to 166/9.
Matches Played: 16; Otago Won: 9; Wellington Won: 6; Tie: 1
Otago Volts vs Wellington Firebirds Betting Odds
Wellington Firebirds begin as favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this 24th match of the Super Smash. They are being offered at odds of 1.79 on Betfair while Otago Volts, despite playing at their home ground, are the underdogs at 2.16 with the same bookmaker.
Otago Volts vs Wellington Firebirds Prediction
Both the teams lost their last match and will be looking to get back on the winning track and gain some momentum as the tournament heads into its business end. Otago Volts have the home advantage on their side and they defeated Canterbury Kings at this ground in their very first game of the season. However, they will be under slightly more pressure as they are coming without a win in their last five matches. Wellington Firebirds may have faced defeats in their last couple of games but they have quite a few of their players in top form. The Firebirds seem to be slightly ahead of the Volts on both batting and bowling front which is why we feel they are better placed to win this match.
Final Verdict: Back Wellington Firebirds to beat Otago Volts at 1.79 with Betfair.