Brisbane Heat vs. Sydney Sixers – Big Bash League, Wednesday, January 19, 2022

| January 17, 2022 11:43 pm PDT

There is a mammoth 15-point gap between the seventh-place Heat and the second-place Sixers as the two sides prepare to do battle on the final day of the home and away season.

Brisbane heads into Wednesday’s clash on a five-match losing streak. With that in mind, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that Wade Seccombe’s men are already out of finals contention.

On the flip side, the Sixers have won two of their last three outings. The reigning champions cemented their top-five berth last week and will now be eager to defend their crown.

I will share my Brisbane Heat vs. Sydney Sixers prediction a little later, along with a free betting pick. First, though, let’s take a look at the odds for Wednesday’s showdown before analyzing the teams.

Brisbane Heat vs. Sydney Sixers Betting Odds

Brisbane Heat to Win2.50
Sydney Sixers to Win1.53

As expected, the best online cricket sportsbooks view the Sixers (1.53) as clear favorites to win on Wednesday. That means the Heat (2.50) come into this clash as underdogs.

When these two sides met back on December 29, the Sixers dismissed Brisbane for just 105 runs. Although the Men in Magenta made life difficult for themselves during the run chase, they still managed to secure the victory.

Something tells me that Wednesday’s clash won’t be too dissimilar.

Brisbane Is Already Down and Out

There is no hiding from the fact that Brisbane has endured a below-par home and away season. The Queenslanders have won just three of their 13 matches, suffering a whopping ten defeats along the way.

A run of three wins in six outings between mid-December and early January gave the Heat some hope. Since then, however, they have registered five consecutive losses.

Brisbane’s losing streak began with defeats to the Renegades and Hobart. They went on to suffer a 71-run thrashing at the hands of Adelaide before recording an eight-wicket loss to the Stars.

Thanks to an excellent knock from Max Bryant (81), the Heat pushed Perth close on Monday. But the Scorchers ended up winning by six wickets, with Mitch Marsh (59) punishing the Queenslanders on his return from injury.

At the end of the day,
Seccombe’s men have underperformed with both bat and ball. Not only have they struggled to score runs, but they have also failed to take enough wickets.

With key batter Chris Lynn (196) failing to live up to expectations, Ben Duckett (299) and Sam Heazlett (265) have scored the bulk of Brisbane’s runs. Lynn has managed just one 50 in 11 innings this season.

James Bazley, Mark Steketee, and Xavier Bartlett have all tried – and failed – to win matches for Brisbane with the ball. Unfortunately, superstar spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has already left the squad to team up with Afghanistan.

The Sixers Are Hoping to Secure Second Place

By contrast, the Sixers have remained consistent throughout the home and away season. They may not have been at their ruthless best of late, but they invariably get the result they need.

The defending champions have lost only four of their 13 matches, picking up eight wins in the process. Let’s not forget that one of those wins came against the Heat less than a month ago.

With the bat, Josh Philippe (406) has been the driving force. The 24-year-old currently sits third in the run-scoring charts, just ahead of Moises Henriques (375), who finds himself seventh.

The Sixers’ bowlers have been immense, too. Only three players have claimed more scalps than Hayden Kerr this season. Meanwhile, Sean Abbott and Ben Dwarshuis have taken 15 wickets apiece.

2021-22 Big Bash League – Most Wickets

  • Peter Siddle, Adelaide Strikers – 23 wickets
  • Rashid Khan, Adelaide Strikers – 20 wickets
  • AJ Tye, Perth Scorchers – 20 wickets
  • Hayden Kerr, Sydney Sixers – 19 wickets
  • Kane Richardson, Melbourne Renegades – 19 wickets
  • Daniel Sams, Sydney Thunder – 18 wickets
  • Sean Abbott, Sydney Sixers – 15 wickets
  • Ben Dwarshuis, Sydney Sixers – 15 wickets

As you can see, the Sydneysiders have three of the competition’s top eight bowlers in their ranks. They will surely be licking their lips at the prospect of exploiting Brisbane’s weak batting line-up.

With Test star Nathan Lyon set to return to the squad, the Sixers are about to get even stronger. The spinner just played a key role in Australia’s Ashes demolition of England and will add vital know-how to Greg Shipperd’s side.

Prediction for Brisbane Heat vs. Sydney Sixers

The Sixers may have suffered their first loss in three matches on Monday, but I expect them to return to winning ways when they come up against off-form Brisbane.

The Heat haven’t just lost their last five matches – they have suffered a series of heavy defeats. Seccombe’s men have been dispatched by five different opponents in 2022, and the Sixers will likely take that number to six.

With a place in the finals out of the equation for the Queenslanders, they have nothing left to play for. That’s why I’m backing the Sixers to secure a comfortable win on Wednesday.

Brisbane Heat vs. Sydney Sixers Pick

Pick
  • Sydney Sixers to Win
    1.53

Backing the Sixers is a no-brainer here. The reigning champs are on course to claim a historic third successive BBL crown, so I can’t see the struggling Heat getting in their way.

Ultimately, the Sydneysiders are stronger than Brisbane in every department. When you consider the gulf in quality between these two sides, odds of 1.53 feel pretty generous.

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.

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