SYD vs MLR Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Dec 08, 2023

The Sydney Sixers will kick start their BBL 13 campaign as they host the Melbourne Renegades on Friday. The match will be played at the iconic SCG and will be a day/night affair.

Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades head-to-head record

Both teams have faced each other in 17 completed matches to date. The Sixers have been the dominant side with 12 wins, while the Melbourne Renegades have managed to win just 5.

Sydney Sixers vs Melbourne Renegades Live-streaming and Broadcast

This match can be live-streamed on the Sony Liv App or can be watched live on the Sony Ten Sports Network. 

 

SYD vs MLR Team Previews

Sydney Sixers

The Sixers are among the most successful teams in the history of BBL, having lifted the title on 3 occasions. In the last season, Sydney Sixers finished 2nd on the points table but lost both their qualifier matches and failed to make it to the finals.

The Sixers have managed to retain most of its core players and have also added new faces to strengthen its team further. Led by the indomitable Moises Henriques, the Sixers picked up Tom Curran and James Vince during the draft picks. Vince is likely to open the batting and will be joined by Josh Philippe.

However, the latter hasn’t been in the best of forms during his latest outings and will be looking to turn things around. Steve Smith, who was brilliant during his limited BBL 12 stint, is available for this match, adding heft to the number 3 slot. The seam attack will be led by Sean Abbott, who is the most successful bowler in BBL history.

He will be joined by Jackson Bird and Hayden Kerr. The spin department is likely to be a weakness for the hosts, especially as they let go of Nathan Lyon. With Rehan Ahmed away for international duty, Steve O’Keefe remains the only quality option. 

 

Sydney Sixers Playing 11

Steven Smith, Josh Philippe, James Vince, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Jack Edwards, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Steve O'Keefe.


Melbourne Renegades

The Renegades were 3rd on the points table last season but lost out to Brisbane Heat in the knockout stage. As they make a fresh beginning, we can expect a better performance from them.

The biggest addition to the squad, by far, is that of Quinton de Kock. He was in blazing form during the recently concluded ODI World Cup but he is unlikely to be available for this match.

In such a case, Joe Clarke may open the batting along with Nic Maddinson, while Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, and Jake Fraser-McGurk will provide firepower to the middle order.

Will Sutherland will likely feature in the role of a finisher.  Coming to the bowling, coming to the bowling, Kane Richardson, Tom Rogers, and Peter Siddle are likely to lead the attack with the new ball. Rogers was particularly impressive in the last season, picking up 23 wickets.

Mujeeb ur Rahman has been retained in the spin department and will join Adam Zampa, who comes in from across the Stars. 

 

Melbourne Renegades Playing 11

Nic Maddinson, Joe Clarke, Jake Fraser McGurk, Jordan Cox, Aaron Finch, Jonathan Wells, Will Sutherland, Thomas Rogers, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

SYD vs MLR Toss Prediction

The team winning the toss will likely opt to bat first. 

 

Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

The pitch at the SCG is helpful to the seamers early on in the match. There is some grass on the surface which will help generate some movement when the ball is new. However, once the ball gets a bit old and soft, the batsmen will find it easier to play their shots. The average first-inning score on this ground is around 160.

The weather will remain overcast and there is a forecast for rain, which may lead to interruptions or even a shortened match. 

 

SYD vs MLR Betting Tips

Both teams have a pretty strong squad, at least on paper, and we can expect a closely-fought contest between the two. However, we feel that the Sydney Sixers have a slight edge in this match. Their top order is pretty strong and there is plenty of depth in their batting. Also, the Sixers will enjoy the home advantage.

Bet on the Sydney Sixers to win. 

 

Bonus Cricket Bets

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    Josh Philippe to score under 19.5 runs

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Josh Philippe has been in a poor form of late. His highest score in the past 5 First Class games is 24, while he was dismissed for single-digit scores in each of his last two T2)I internationals against India. We are therefore expecting another poor performance from him.

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    Team with the top batsman

    Sydney Sixers (1.73)

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The Sixers have some of the best batsmen in the BBL, including Steve Smith, James Vince, and Moises Henriques playing for them. Looking at their line-up, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the team have the top batsman in the match.

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    Steve Smith to hit a 6

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Steve Smith was in brilliant form last season where he scored 25 6s in just 5 innings. As he looks to give his team an early advantage, we are expecting at least one big hit from him.

Today Match Prediction

Sydney Sixers To Win the Match, 1.63

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Who will win SYD vs MLR

Sydney Sixers 71.8% (216)
Melbourne Renegades 28.2% (85)
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