Perth Scorchers vs. Sydney Sixers – Big Bash League Qualifier, Saturday, January 22, 2022
The top two teams in the Big Bash League go head-to-head on Saturday, January 22. The Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers will battle it out for a place in the BBL final, with the loser dropping into the Challenger.
After winning 11 of their 14 regular-season matches, the Scorchers finished atop the ladder – five points ahead of the Sixers. But the standings count for absolutely nothing now.
Will the Scorchers reach a record seventh Big Bash final this weekend? Or will the Sixers move one step closer to clinching their third straight BBL crown? Read on to find my Perth Scorchers vs. Sydney Sixers prediction and betting pick.
Perth Scorchers vs. Sydney Sixers Betting Odds
All the best cricket betting sites view the Scorchers as favorites to advance on Saturday. Let’s not forget that Adam Voges’ men have already beaten the defending champions on two occasions this year.
Still, you would be a fool to write off the Sixers. Not only have they won each of the last two BBL titles, but they have also reached four of the previous seven finals. Pretty impressive, huh?
Let’s take a look at the head-to-head record before settling on a Scorchers vs. Sixers prediction.
Scorchers vs. Sixers Head-to-Head
- Matches: 22
- Perth Scorchers Wins: 13
- Sydney Sixers Wins: 9
As you can see, Perth has the upper hand in the H2H record. The Western Australians have claimed 13 victories in 22 meetings with the Sixers, meaning they have won almost 60% of the encounters.
The Sixers got the better of the Scorchers in last season’s final, but the Scorchers won both of the regular-season matches between the teams this year.
Perth Scorchers Team News and Analysis
The Scorchers made a flying start to the 2021-22 campaign, winning each of their opening six matches. After seeing off Brisbane and Adelaide, they claimed two wins over both Hobart and the Melbourne Renegades.
Voges’ men registered two wins and two losses across their next four outings before winning three of their final four regular-season matches. Overall, they have lost just three of their 14 clashes this season.
AJ Tye has been the standout performer with the ball, taking 20 wickets over the course of the campaign. Only two players have claimed more scalps than Tye – and one of them is the Sixers’ Hayden Kerr.
Ultimately, the Scorchers are seriously strong in every department. It is no surprise that Perth is the bookmakers’ favorite to lift the trophy.
Sydney Sixers Team News and Analysis
Although the Sixers have not been at their best this season, they still managed to finish second on the ladder. They also ended the regular season with the best net run rate (+1.027).
The reigning champs won six of their opening seven matches before suffering back-to-back defeats to the Scorchers. They have since picked up three victories in four outings and head into the finals on a high.
They also have three of the top ten wicket-takers. Hayden Kerr is just one wicket behind Peter Siddle in the Golden Arm standings, while Ben Dwarshuis and Sean Abbott sit a little further down the list.
Just like the Scorchers, the Sixers are solid in all areas. But can they avoid a third successive loss to Perth this weekend?
Prediction for Perth Scorchers vs. Sydney Sixers
If the two meetings earlier this month are anything to go by, Saturday’s Qualifier will be a tight encounter. Perth won by just ten runs in the first match before winning with an over to spare in the second clash.
Still, the Scorchers managed to get over the line of both occasions. Despite the best efforts of Shipperd’s men, they were unable to avoid back-to-back defeats.
With that in mind, I can see Perth coming out on top once again. The Western Australians will be confident of overcoming the Sixers after the recent results. Plus, they will be eager to make amends for last season’s final.
Perth Scorchers vs. Sydney Sixers Betting Pick
Perth Scorchers to Win1.73
I expect the Scorchers to book their spot in the final on Saturday. The Sixers will have another chance to reach the showpiece in Wednesday’s Challenger.
Before Perth face off against the Sixers, Adelaide and Hobart meet on Friday. If you’re planning to wager on the Eliminator, make sure you check out my betting preview below.