VAC vs QSL Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Feb 08, 2023

VAC vs QSL Match Prediction - Feb 08, 2023

We’ve had a long break from Sheffield Shield in Australia due to primarily the BBL, but as that T20 season is wrapped up, state Test cricket is back!

There are a few absentees in both lineups due to injuries and the Australia vs. India Test series. Victoria has injuries to Nic Maddinson and Glenn Maxwell, while Peter Handscomb, Todd Murphy, and Scott Boland are in the Oz squad for India.

VAC vs QSL Team Previews


For the 2022/23 season in the Sheffield Shield, Victoria currently has one win, two losses, and three draws, while sitting in fourth place on the ladder. The state ended 2022 with a strong 69-run win over NSW.

The biggest news is that 23-year-old allrounder, Will Sutherland, will be captaining the side in the absence of Handscomb. While Sutherland wasn’t too exciting for the Melbourne Renegades during the BBL season, he is solid in SS games, averaging 20.03 runs with the bat and has a 2.68 ER with the ball.

We know that the squad has a reliable batter with Marcus Harris (9,242 total runs in the SS), but we’re highly interested to see what more Sam Harper can do. He was great in the BBL for the Renegades, but also averaged 27.11 in the Sheffield Shield. Victoria will need talented batters like him to defeat a tough side such as Queensland.

Apart from Sutherland, the other bowler to watch is Fergus O’Neill, as despite only playing in seven SS innings, he’s already picked up 10 wickets and given up 330 runs (ER of 2.97). With Boland and Murphy out, it’ll be up to O’Neill to secure wickets and keep the Queensland batters from finding their shots at the MCG.

Victoria Playing 11

Ashley Chandrasinghe, Cameron McClure, Campbell Kellaway, Fergus O’Neill, Mitchell Perry, Jon Holland, Marcus Harris, Matt Short, Sam Harper, Travis Dean, Will Sutherland.


The Queenslanders had a decent Sheffield Shield effoer by winning two games, losing one, and drawing three. The last game of the year was a draw with Western Australia and the state is second on the ladder.

The squad will be without several players due to the Oz Test commitments, including bowler Mitchell Swepson, and batters Matthew Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, and Marnus Labuschagne. Even without their usual star batters, QL has a roster full of great batsmen, with the likes of Joe Burns, Bryce Street, and Jimmy Peirson all capable of picking up a century in the Sheffield Shield.

Street is somewhat of an up-and-comer but there’s a lot of potential there. Burns has a proven record, as he’s made 9,252 runs in 259 SS innings so far. Peirson struggled a bit during the BBL, but he does average 33.85 in Sheffield Shield cricket.

QL is full of fantastic bowlers who all featured heavily in the BBL, like Mark Steketee and James Bazley. However, none will be more important than pacer Michael Neser, who was instrumental in helping the Brisbane Heat reach the BBL Final.

Neser finished with 26 wickets, including a great spell of 4/35 in one match. He already has 312 wickets in his Sheffield Shield career and he’s by far the deadliest bowler in Queensland.

Queensland Playing 11

Bryce Street, Jack Clayton, Sam Truloff, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson, Liam Guthrie, Max Bryant, Matthew Kuhnemann, Michael Neser, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett.

VAC vs QSL Toss Prediction

Most captains like to bat first at the MCG and the Victorians will know this pitch incredibly well.

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

Pitch and Conditions

The MCG pitch is regarded as very well balanced, with good bounce that often helps the pace bowlers and batters. The slightly larger boundaries can be troublesome for batters, but most skilled batsmen find a way to hit plenty of 4s and 6s. 

VAC vs QSL Betting Tips

It’s a tough one to call but the Vics should have a slight edge by playing on their home pitch, and we’re excited to see what Sutherland, Harris, and Harper can do with the bat in this Test cricket match.

The bowling is a bit unproven, but O’Neill shows promise and Queensland is also missing many of its star batters. The Victorian batters will need to be careful during Neser’s overs, but otherwise they should be able to handle the QL bowlers.

The odds are also better for Victoria and will be worth the money.

Bet on Victoria to win.

Bonus Cricket Bets

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    Victoria Top Batsman 1st Innings: Sam Harper



Great odds for a really talented batter at the moment.

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    Queensland Top Batsman 1st Innings: Jimmy Peirson



A could use a boost after a bad end to the BBL.

Today Match Prediction

Victoria To Win the Match, 3.20

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Who will win VAC vs QSL

Victoria 66.67% (10)
Queensland 33.33% (5)
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