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The Big Bash League is underway in Australia with a number of matches already having been played. The match will be played on the 20th of December at the Simonds Stadium in Geelong. In this Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat betting preview, we cover the form of both teams and a few of the betting markets that can be wagered on.
How Melbourne Renegades Go into the Match
Heading into matchday ten, the home team Melbourne Renegades will feel as though they can do some damage when bowling. Unfortunately for the hosts, they do not possess the same power in their batting options. A lot of hope rests upon the shoulders of Aaron Finch, who has been in the sidelines for a while now. The Renegades will also hope that Shaun Marsh and Martin Guptill can also do some damage as well.
The Renegades will be slightly short in their options following the injury to Liam Livingstone. However, they have a suitable replacement in Andre Russell. Livingstone is expected to return to the side after the first four matches. The team will also be more then delighted with their bowling personnel. Melbourne Renegades can rely on the incredible deliveries of Akeal Hosein, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Kane Richardson.
The Form of Brisbane Heat
As for Brisbane Heat, they will feel as though their batters can do more than enough damage to Melbourne Renegades. The Heat have high scoring batters in Sam Billings, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Colin Munro and Matthew Renshaw. These five batters are known for coming up with the goods when their team needs it the most. Thus, the Heat will rest easy knowing that they are prepared for anything that Renegades can bowl at them.
The player to watch here is Billings. He has an incredibly portfolio with many impressive innings. Another player to keep an eye on is Labuschagne, who is in fine form. If the Heat are looking for someone to rely on, they may look to a familiar face in Mitchell Swepson. The player is a bit of a wild card but when he is on form, he is unplayable. He may be the key to leading the Heat to an away victory over Renegades.
Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat Betting Preview: The Lines
At 22Bet Sportsbook, there are a variety of betting markets that can be wagered on. According to the sportsbook, players can bet on a variety of options including details such as the outcome of the first ball or the coin toss. The odds on either team to win the coin toss is 1.85.
It is also possible to place a variety of wagers on the first ball, such as if it will be a dot ball, one run, a four, a six, a wicket or a no ball. It is also possible to bet on which team will have the higher opening partnership. The odds on either team is 1.85 whilst the odds on the opening partnership total to be equal pays 34 times.
Fans of the sport can also bet on how the first wicket will go. The odds of the batsman being caught is 1.4, odds 10 for a run-out, odds 15 for being stumped, odds 4.74 for being bowled and odds 4.24 for an LBW.
Our Pre-Play Predictions
In this Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat betting preview, we have also included our own tips. According to our latest cricket betting tips, we believe that the match will go to Brisbane Heat. The away team are in better form and have a history of coming up trumps when the pressure is on.
We assume that the top batsmen for either team with the most runs scored will be Colin Munro and Andre Russell. We are guessing that the most wickets taken will be from Mitchell Swepson and Andre Russell. The heavy hitters with the most sixes will likely be Marnus Labuschagne and Andre Russell. Essentially, we believe that the player of the match will be Russell but we would advise keeping an eye on Mitchell Swepson.
Brisbane Heat look as though they will score over 180 runs. As for Melbourne Renegades, we believe that they will only reach as much as 160 runs. If you are looking to bet on a Handicap, we would advise going for Brisbane Heat.