Brisbane Heat vs. Sydney Sixers – Big Bash League, January 2, 2021
The Sixers will be aiming to extend their lead at the top of the Big Bash table when they face Brisbane on Saturday, January 2.
The Heat currently find themselves 11 points behind the defending champions, having won just one of their five BLL 10 games.
Let’s get stuck into my Brisbane Heat vs. Sydney Sixers betting preview. I take a look at the bookies’ odds, give my prediction, and share my pick.
Brisbane Heat vs. Sydney Sixers Odds
It’s safe to say that the top online betting sites haven’t sprung any surprises with their odds for this matchup.
The Sixers (1.60) head into Saturday’s clash on a four-game winning streak, so I’m not shocked to see the Heat (2.20) as the outsiders here.
Brisbane Heat vs. Sydney Sixers Preview
Brisbane finally snapped a three-match losing run to pick up their first win of the season last weekend. The Queenslanders secured a four-wicket victory over the Hurricanes, with Englishman Lewis Gregory (3/22) starring with the ball.
However, Darren Lehmann’s men were brought back down to earth by Hobart last time out, losing by just a single run.
Despite Mujeeb Ur Rahman posting the best bowling figures of BBL 10, Brisbane wasn’t able to get over the line. The Afghani spinner claimed 5/15 from his four overs, but his batting teammates ultimately let him down.
Needless to say, the Heat is missing the injured Chris Lynn. The leading run-scorer in Big Bash history will be sidelined for a few weeks due to a hamstring problem, leaving Brisbane’s top order in a bit of a mess.
Youngsters James Bazley and Max Bryant have tried their best to fill the void left by Lynn, Lehmann can’t expect them to replace Lynn’s runs.
The Sixers lost their opening match of the campaign, although four straight victories have seen them cement their place at the top of the standings.
Two wins against the Renegades, along with triumphs over the Strikers and the Stars, have put the reigning champions in pole position to defend their crown.
Having said that, the men in Magenta have been pushed all the way in their previous two outings. The Sixers beat the Stars with one ball to spare on Boxing Day before edging the Gades by two wickets last time out.
Still, Greg Shipperd’s men keep finding ways to get the job done.
With Daniel Hughes and Josh Philippe among the top run-scorers in the competition and Steve O’Keefe and Ben Dwarshuis doing their bit with the ball, the Sixers’ all-round game is freakishly strong.
Brisbane Heat vs. Sydney Sixers Betting Pick
Sydney Sixers to Win1.60
Brisbane has shown glimpses of promise in their last couple of performances. But without Lynn, the Heat just isn’t the same team. As long as their captain is on the sidelines, the Queenslanders will struggle to score runs.
On the flip side, the Sixers are looking seriously strong in every department. I’m backing Shipperd’s side to produce a dominant display on Saturday and pick up a fifth straight win in the process.