Perth Scorchers Favored to Beat Depleted Sydney Sixers in Big Bash Final
- Perth Scorchers are betting favorites to win the 2021-22 Big Bash League final.
- Sydney Sixers beat Adelaide in Wednesday’s Challenger, despite missing multiple players.
- The BBL|11 final takes place at Marvel Stadium on Friday, January 28.
For the fifth time since the Big Bash League’s inception in 2011, the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers will battle in the final. The most successful teams in BBL history will meet at Marvel Stadium this Friday.
The Sixers are aiming to secure an unprecedented three-peat, having claimed each of the last two titles. But with an injury-hit, COVID-stricken squad, the reigning champions are not favored to defend their crown.
Instead, the Scorchers are the bookmakers’ favorites to lift the trophy. Can the Western Australians make amends for last season’s final loss? Or will the Men in Magenta reign supreme once again?
Let’s see what the top cricket betting sites think.
2021-22 Big Bash League Winner Odds
Perth’s odds to win the BBL|11 final stand at 1.50. The Scorchers have been the best team in the competition by a considerable margin this season, so it’s no surprise that they are favored to triumph.
On the flip side, the Sixers are priced at 2.63 to clinch the title. Although they have secured each of the previous two crowns, they head into the showpiece with a heavily depleted squad.
Will Perth Finally End the Sixers’ Hegemony?
The Scorchers lost just three of their 14 regular season matches, picking up 11 wins along the way. In the Qualifier, they claimed a dominant 48-run victory to book their spot in the final.
AJ Tye has led the way with the ball, claiming 22 wickets in 15 matches. With the bat, Kurtis Patterson, Colin Munro, and Mitch Marsh have starred, while Ashton Turner and Laurie Evans have also shone.
Perth’s all-round performances have been hugely impressive. Having already beaten the Sixers on three occasions this season, they will be confident of clinching a record-breaking fourth title at the expense of the defending champions.
Can the Depleted Sixers Get Over the Line?
Following positive COVID results for Jack Edwards and Mickey Edwards, Josh Philippe became the third Sixers player to test positive for the virus on the morning of the Challenger. The comp’s eighth-highest run-scorer will now miss Friday’s final.
Greg Shipperd’s squad has also been hit hard by injuries. Daniel Hughes missed the last match due to an ankle sprain, while Steve O’Keefe, Moises Henriques, and Jordan Silk all played through niggles on Wednesday.
Still, the Sixers managed to claim a dramatic last-ball win over Adelaide to secure a spot in the final. Bowler Hayden Kerr was moved to the top of the order and smashed 98* off 58, with Sean Abbott finishing on 41 off 20.
It’s safe to say that Shipperd’s men are stumbling across the finish line. That said, they invariably find a way to win. But have they got what it takes to overcome the red-hot Scorchers on Friday?
I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Looking Ahead to the BBL|11 Decider
Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium is the venue for Friday’s final, meaning neither side will benefit from home-field advantage. However, there is no denying that Adam Voges’ team has the upper hand.
Not only have the Scorchers won 12 of their 15 matches this season, but they have also secured three victories over the Sixers. After recording back-to-back wins during the regular season, Perth crushed the reigning champs in the Qualifier.
Of course, the Sixers won’t go down without a fight. As things stand, though, the Scorchers are in pole position to get their hands on the BBL trophy for the fourth time in nine seasons.
Plan to bet on the final? If so, make sure you check out my prediction and pick for Friday’s showdown.