Sydney Thunder vs. Sydney Sixers – Big Bash League, Sunday, December 26, 2021

| December 23, 2021 1:48 am PDT

We have a Boxing Day treat to enjoy at GIANTS Stadium as the Thunder and the Sixers clash for the first Sydney Derby of BBL|11.

The Sixers have already played five matches this season, picking up four wins along the way. They find themselves second in the table – three points behind first-place Perth and five points ahead of the Thunder.

On the flip side, Trevor Bayliss’ men have registered two wins and two losses so far. They head into Sunday’s showdown on the back of a 53-run victory over the Brisbane Heat.

Keep reading to discover my Sydney Thunder vs. Sydney Sixers prediction and betting pick.

Sydney Thunder vs. Sydney Sixers Betting Odds

Sydney Thunder to Win2.10
Sydney Sixers to Win1.73

All the leading cricket betting sites view the Sixers (1.73) as favorites to win this one. As the narrow odds gap suggests, however, the Thunder (2.10) are expected to push their rivals all the way.

I will share my prediction for Sydney Thunder vs. Sydney Sixers a little later. First, though, let’s check out the head-to-head record before taking a closer look at both sides.

Sydney Thunder vs. Sydney Sixers Head-to-Head

Remarkably, the Sixers won each of their first seven meetings with the Thunder. Between 2015 and 2017, the Thunder claimed four wins in five matches against the Sixers. But the Men in Magenta have dominated this fixture since then.

  • Matches: 19
  • Sydney Sixers Wins: 12
  • Sydney Thunder Wins: 7

Not only have the Sixers won three of the last five meetings with the Thunder, but they have also won four of the previous seven. With a 12-7 advantage overall, there is no denying that Greg Shipperd’s men hold the Sydney bragging rights.

Sydney Thunder Team News and Analysis

The Thunder kicked off their campaign with a seven-wicket victory over Brisbane. Daniel Sams (3-22) and Gurinder Sandhu (2-17) starred with the ball before Alex Ross (61*) and Sam Billings (44*) sealed the deal with the bat.

However, Bayliss’ men then suffered back-to-back defeats to the Melbourne Stars. After losing by four runs in the first encounter, they were beaten by six wickets in the reverse fixture.

The Thunder returned to winning ways last time out, beating the Heat once again. Billings smashed 64 runs off just 27 balls before Saqib Mahmood (4-22) and Tanveer Sangha (3-26) bowled their side to a 53-run win.

On the Golden Bat leaderboard, Billings and Ross sit fifth and sixth, respectively. It is also worth noting that Ross boasts the highest average in the competition (159.00), having been dismissed once in four innings.

With eight wickets to his name, Sangha finds himself third in the Golden Arm charts. Only AJ Tye and Kane Richardson have claimed more scalps than the Thunder’s 20-year-old leg spinner.

Although the Thunder have made a satisfactory start to BBL|11, they have yet to face a team of the Sixers’ caliber. Billings, Ross, and Sangha have produced some promising individual displays, but their teammates will need to step up.

Sydney Sixers Team News and Analysis

As expected, the defending champions have made a flying start to the season. They have lost just one of their five matches, registering four dominant wins in the process.

After crushing the Stars by 152 runs in their first match, the Sixers claimed a 14-run victory over the Hobart Hurricanes before losing the reverse fixture. They then beat the Stars again before dispatching the Adelaide Strikers last time out.

Of course, the Sixers’ bowlers have played their part. But it’s safe to say that Josh Philippe and Moises Henriques have been the standout performers so far.

Big Bash League 2021-22 – Leading Run-Scorers

  • Josh Philippe – Sydney Sixers: 282 runs (70.50 average)
  • Moises Henriques – Sydney Sixers: 232 runs (77.33 average)
  • Mitch Marsh – Perth Scorchers: 207 runs (103.50 average)

Having posted scores of 83, 5, 72, 99*, and 23, Philippe sits atop the Golden Bat standings. Henriques is 50 runs behind his teammate after recording scores of 76*, 73, 26*, 29, and 28.

The Sixers’ overreliance on Philippe and Henriques is a slight cause for concern. But when you’ve got guys like James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, and Dan Christian in your team, you don’t need to worry too much.

With the ball, Hayden Kerr, Sean Abbott, and Steve O’Keefe have all claimed five scalps this season, while Tom Curran has five wickets to his name.

My Prediction for Sydney Thunder vs. Sydney Sixers

When you couple the Sixers’ strong start to the season with their impressive record against the Thunder, all the signs point towards another win for the reigning champs.

Led by the big-hitting duo of Philippe and Henriques, the Men in Magenta look set to dominate the Thunder’s bowling attack and post another huge total.

I expect the Thunder to rise to the occasion, but I can’t see Bayliss’ side upsetting the odds on Sunday. At the end of the day, the Sixers are a level above their Sydney rivals.

Sydney Thunder vs. Sydney Sixers Betting Pick

  • Sydney Sixers to Win

I’m backing the Sixers to seal another victory over the Thunder. Not only have Shipperd’s men won three of their past five meetings with the Thunder, but they have also won four of their five matches this season.

If you enjoyed this betting preview, be sure to check out my prediction and pick for the Christmas Eve clash between the Hurricanes and the Stars.

Ben Morris

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