Brisbane Heat vs. Melbourne Stars – Big Bash League, Monday, December 27, 2021

| December 24, 2021 2:57 am PDT

Are the Melbourne Stars set for another season of disappointment?

Despite all of their world-class names, the Stars have managed to win just two of their opening five matches. Following two defeats to the Sydney Sixers, David Hussey’s side suffered a 24-run loss to the Hobart Hurricanes last time out.

On Monday, December 27, the Stars travel to Brisbane to face the Heat at the Gabba. Funnily enough, the Queenslanders have also registered two wins and three losses this season.

If you’re planning to wager on Monday’s Big Bash clash, this Brisbane Heat vs. Melbourne Stars betting preview will help. After discussing the odds and analyzing the teams, I will share my Heat vs. Stars prediction – along with a free pick.

Brisbane Heat vs. Melbourne Stars Odds

Brisbane Heat to Win1.91
Melbourne Stars to Win1.91

As you can see, the leading online cricket sportsbooks can’t separate these two sides. The Heat (1.91) may have the home-field advantage, but the bookmakers have given the Stars (1.91) exactly the same price.

You can’t exactly argue with the bookies’ odds, though. Both teams have recorded two wins and three losses this season, meaning they are likely to play out a tight clash on Monday.

Before I share my prediction for Brisbane Heat vs. Melbourne Stars, let’s take a closer look at both sides.

Will Brisbane Secure Back-to-Back Wins?

The Heat produced an eye-catching performance to crush the Adelaide Strikers last time out. After reaching 7/208 from their 20 overs, they limited Adelaide to 8/169 – sealing a 39-run victory.

Ben Duckett (78) and Sam Heazlett (49) did the bulk of the damage with the bat, smashing a whopping 18 boundaries between them. Max Bryant contributed 32 runs before falling to Rashid Khan.

Brisbane’s bowlers looked sharp, too. Mark Steketee (3-27) and Matthew Kuhnemann (3-47) both secured three-wicket hauls, while James Bazley (2-27) impressed with an economical spell.

With 174 runs to his name, Heazlett finds himself fifth in the Golden Bat standings. The 26-year-old has posted scores of 42, 34, 44*, 5, and 49 this season – underlining his consistency.

By contrast, Chris Lynn has yet to get into his groove. The BBL’s all-time leading run-scorer has racked up just 89 runs so far, having registered scores of 9, 27, 32, 4, and 10. That said, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he records a big knock on Monday.

Wade Seccombe’s men lost each of their first two matches but have since won two of their previous three. Before beating Adelaide on Thursday, they thrashed the Melbourne Renegades by five wickets.

It feels like the Queenslanders are growing into the campaign. Following a shaky start to the season, they are beginning to produce solid performances on a consistent basis.

Can the Stars Return to Winning Ways?

The Stars’ BBL|11 campaign could not have gotten off to a worse start. They suffered a 152-run thrashing at the hands of the Sixers, conceding 213 before being dismissed for just 61 in the twelfth over.

In fairness, they bounced straight back – claiming back-to-back victories over the Sydney Thunder. After winning the first match by four runs, they secured a six-wicket triumph in the reverse fixture.

Since then, however, Team Green has registered two straight defeats. Following another loss to the Sixers, the Melbourne franchise suffered a 24-run defeat to the Hurricanes on Friday.

The Stars’ roster is stacked with world-class names, including Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, and Andre Russell. But for one reason or another, they are struggling to find a recipe for success at the moment.

Maxwell sits fourth on the Golden Bat leaderboard, having scored 175 runs in five matches. He smashed a sublime century against the Sixers, but his teammates have not been able to match his efforts.

It is important to remember that Team Green is one of only two sides in the Big Bash League without a title to their name. Despite reaching two of the last three finals – and three of the previous six – the Stars invariably choke.

Can they turn things around? Or are the perennial underachievers set for another below-par campaign? Time will tell.

Brisbane Heat vs. Melbourne Stars Prediction

Having won two of their last three matches, the Heat will fancy their chances of beating Team Green. The Stars head into Monday’s clash on the back of two straight losses and are clearly low on confidence.

Seccombe’s men looked like the real deal as they cruised to a comfortable victory over the Strikers last time out. Duckett and Heazlett led the charge with the bat, while Steketee and Kuhnemann starred with the ball.

Ultimately, the Queenslanders carry a ton of momentum into this clash. If they can pick up where they left off against Adelaide, they should be able to dispatch the shaky Stars.

My Brisbane Heat vs. Melbourne Stars Pick

  • Brisbane Heat to Win

In my eyes, Brisbane is the favorite here. I know the bookmakers have priced the teams evenly, but the two sides produced hugely contrasting performances in their previous matches.

The Heat thrashed the Strikers without any problems, while the Stars slumped to a disappointing loss against the Canes. For that reason, I’m backing Brisbane to get the job done on Monday.

On Boxing Day, we have two Big Bash matches to bet on before Hobart and Adelaide clash on Monday. Be sure to check out my BBL predictions and picks for the other upcoming matches.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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