SSL 2018-19 Otago vs Northern Knights 7th Match Prediction. Otago Volts will be aiming for their third win on the trot when they face-off against the Knights in this seventh game of the Super Smash 2018-19. The match is scheduled to be played on December 30 at the Molyneux Park in Alexandra. Live action will commence at 4 PM local time.
- Momentum is going to be with Otago Volts who are coming on the back of wins in their first two matches of the season.
- Otago Volts will be playing at their home ground but they have lost each of their last four matches they have played here.
- The Knights won both their encounters against Otago Volts last season and this will boost their confidence going into this game.
Our Pick: Northern Knights
OTG vs NK, Super Smash 2018-19: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sport NZ
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Sky Go
Otago Volts Team News & Playing 11
Their top three – Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford and Anaru Kitchen – hold the key to Otago Volts’ batting. Kitchen is looking in good form with scores of 44 and 52 in the respective two matches and the Knights will want to get rid of him as quickly as possible. Rutherford smashed a 29-ball 54 against Canterbury Kings while his opening partner Broom has scored a total of 66 runs in the two matches. In terms of bowling, it will be mainly up to pace bowlers Christi Viljoen and Jacob Duffy to apply pressure on the Knights. Viljoen has been outstanding so far picking six wickets, including a four-wicket haul in the last match against Wellington Firebirds. Skipper Duffy took a couple in that game and it will be crucial for Otago that he provides good support to Viljoen. Michael Rippon has been pretty economical in both the matches and he will be the team’s go-to man when it comes to spin.
Otago Volts Predicted Playing 11
- Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom, Anaru Kitchen, Shawn Hicks, Ben Cox (wk), Josh Finnie, Michael Rippon, Nathan G Smith, Christi Viljoen, Jacob Duffy (c), Jack Hunter
Northern Knights Team News & Playing 11
Tim Seifert and Dean Brownlie have looked good with the bat and the Knights will be expecting them to score big in this Sunday’s encounter against Otago Volts. Skipper Brownlie played a match-winning knock of 99 runs from 46 balls while Seifert has scored 46 and 55 in the respective two matches. Daryl Mitchell has also chipped in with decent contributions and he seems to be the key figure in the team’s middle order. The Knights will bank on their spin troika of Anton Devcich, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi to do the job with the ball. Devcich has taken five wickets which includes a four-fer against Wellington while Sodhi took 12 wickets in 7 matches in the previous season. Santner was expensive in the first game but the left-armer bounced back with figures of 2-25 from four overs last time against the Central Stags.
Northern Knights Predicted Playing 11
- Anton Devcich, Tim Seifert (wk), Dean Brownlie (c), Brett Hampton, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Daniel Flynn, PD Bocock, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Brett Randell
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
OTG : W W W L W
NK : L W W W W
Otago Volts vs Northern Knights Betting Odds
Both Bet365 and Betfair are currently offering odds of 1.90 on Otago Volts and Knights to win this Super Smashmatch.
Otago Volts vs Northern Knights Prediction
Otago Volts are coming on the back of wins in their opening two matches while the Knights, after thrashing Wellington Firebirds in the season opener, faced a five-wicket loss to Central Stags in their last game. Otago have beaten the Knights 12 times out of 20 in the tournament but the latter emerged victorious in both the meetings last season. Otago will have the psychological advantage of playing at one of their home grounds but having lost all of their last four matches here is something that will make their opponents feel more optimistic. The Knights will be keen to get back to winning ways after being downed in the last game and we expect them to bring their A-game into play on Sunday