SSL 2018-19 Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts 5th Match Prediction. Otago Volts will look to register back-to-back wins when they lock horns with Wellington Firebirds at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. This fifth match of the ongoing Super Smash 2018-19 will be played on December 28 with live action scheduled to start at 4 PM local time.
- Otago Volts will be going into this game high on confidence after having won their campaign opener against Canterbury Kings.
- Wellington Firebirds will be playing at their home ground but they have lost two of their last four completed matches here.
- Otago Volts have not been able to defeat Wellington Firebirds in their last three completed head-to-head encounters.
Our Pick: Otago Volts
WEL vs OTG, Super Smash 2018-19: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sport NZ
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Sky Go
Wellington Firebirds Team News & Playing 11
Their batting seems reliant mainly on Devon Conway, Adam Hose and Tom Blundell. Conway and Hose scored 45 and 36 respectively in the tournament opener against the Knights and it will be crucial from the team’s perspective that at least one of them goes on to score big. Wellington will also have high expectations from their wicketkeeper Blundell who cracked a couple of half-centuries last season. Hamish Bennett, James Neesham and Jeetan Patel form the major threat in this bowling attack. Patel took nine wickets in as many matches last term and the off-spinner was the pick of the bowlers in the last game with figures of 2-39 from four overs. Skipper Bennett was the most economical bowler, conceding 28 runs off his four overs, and he will be looking to lead from the front once again.
Wellington Firebirds Predicted Playing 11
- Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Adam Hose, James Neesham, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Pollard, Malcolm Nofal, Luke Woodcock, Jeetan Patel, Ollie Newton, Hamish Bennett (c)
Otago Volts Team News & Playing 11
They were very impressive with the bat in their campaign opener against Canterbury Kings with Hamish Rutherford’s 54 and Anaru Kitchen’s 44 being the highlights. Otago Volts will expect these two batsmen to put up a strong batting performance against Wellington as well. Neil Broom and Shawn Hicks, who hit two half-centuries last season, are also key figures in this line-up. Otago’s bowling will depend mainly on Christi Viljoen, Jacob Duffy and Michael Rippon. Viljoen was the standout performer with the ball against the Kings with figures of 2-13 from two overs and the pacer will be backed by his team to do well in this match. Skipper Duffy was expensive last time and he will look to bounce back in style. Rippon was pretty impressive as well. The left-arm chinaman kept things tight and finished his quota of four overs with figures of 1-26.
Otago Volts Predicted Playing 11
- Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom, Anaru Kitchen, Mitch Renwick (wk), Shawn Hicks, Josh Finnie, Michael Rippon, Nathan Smith, Christi Viljoen, Jacob Duffy (c), Jack Hunter
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
WEL : NR L L L L
OTG : W W L W L
Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts Betting Odds
Wellington Firebirds are favorites to win this fifth game of the Super Smash 2018-19 at odds of 1.66 on Betway and 1.72 on Bet365. Otago Volts are the underdogs amongst the bookmakers and find themselves priced higher at 2.10 on both Betway and Bet365. Betfair, however, has both the teams fixed at 1.20.
Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts Prediction
Otago Volts have made an ideal start to their Super Smash campaign, beating Canterbury Kings by five wickets in Sunday’s encounter. But they will be aware of the fact that they have not been able to beat Wellington Firebirds in their previous three completed meetings. Wellington, on the other hand, have not got the start they would have wanted. They faced a big defeat in the opening match of the season against the Knights before their next game against Auckland Aces was washed out. Though they will be playing at their home ground, having lost two of their last four completed matches here won’t give them much confidence. Wellington will be playing under more pressure which is another reason why we feel that Otago have a better chance of emerging victorious here.
Final Verdict: Back Otago Volts to beat Wellington Firebirds at 1.20 with Betfair and 2.10 with both Betway and Bet365.