Melbourne Stars vs Sydney Thunder – BBL Betting Tips

Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder will lock horns in the seventh match of the 2021 Big Bash League that will be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.

In their opening fixture, Melbourne Stars suffered comprehensive defeat at the hands of Sydney Thunder. Captain Glenn Maxwell will be hoping that the side can make a strong comeback in this fixture.

On the other hand, Sydney Thunder registered a comfortable seven-wicket win over Brisbane Heat, courtesy excellent contributions from Alex Ross, Sam Billings and Daniel Sams. Captain Chris Green will be hoping that the side can maintain their standards with bat and ball against Melbourne Stars.

Both teams have competed in 15 matches in the history of Big Bash League where Melbourne Stars have an upper hand with 8 wins compared to Sydney Thunder’s seven victories.

In the previous five matches between the two teams, Melbourne Stars have registered victories on four occasions.

Melbourne Stars Form and Team News

The team management will be hoping that the side can put in an improved performance against Sydney Thunder. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis could come into the XI after missing the opening game against Sydney Sixers. 

In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Joe Clarke, Nick Larkin, Beau Webster and Hilton Cartwright to deliver the bulk of the runs.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on Adam Zampa, Glenn Maxwell, Samuel Elliott and Sam Rainbird to deliver crucial breakthroughs in this fixture. 

Sydney Thunder Form and Team News

After comfortably brushing aside Brisbane Heat in the opening game, Thunder will be looking to stick with the same combination for this game.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Alex Hales, Alex Ross, wicket-keeper Sam Billings, Sam Whiteman, Matthew Gilkes and Ben Cutting to deliver notable scores in this all-important clash.

In the previous game, Alex Ross was the standout performer with the bat for Sydney Thunder. He played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 61 not out off 46 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes. He was well supported by wicket-keeper Sam Billings, who played well and scored unbeaten 45 off 36 balls.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Green, Tanveer Sangha and Nathan McAndrew to deliver timely breakthroughs.

Odds by Casumo

According to the Casumo sportsbook, Melbourne Stars will be favorites to win the seventh game of 2021-22 Big Bash League be played at MCG. For the 7th BBL game, Sydney Thunder are placed at 1.96 odds, while Melbourne Stars are at 1.76 odds.

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Our Tipsters Angle

Both the teams are coming into this game with contrasting fortunes. Sydney Thunder put in a clinical performance to beat Brisbane Heat, whereas Melbourne Stars were trounced by Sydney Sixers in the BBL opener.

With likes of Daniel Sams, Alex Ross, Sam Billings and Alex Hales in good form this season, Sydney Thunder will be determined to put in another clinical performance against Melbourne Stars.

On the other hand, Melbourne Stars will need to make significant improvements in their batting to push Sydney Thunder in this contest.

Therefore, the prediction is for Sydney Thunder to register a comfortable win over Melbourne Stars.

Tip 1 – Marcus Stoinis’s impressive numbers against Sydney Thunder

All-rounder has been a consistent performer for Melbourne Stars at the top of the innings. Last season, Stoinis finished the competition as the leading run-scorer for Stars with 396 runs at a strike rate of 142.44. He will take heart from the fact that he has produced impressive numbers against Sydney Thunder. In 11 matches played, Stoinis has accumulated 359 runs at a strike of 135.47. So we can expect opener Marcus Stoinis to score 25 runs or more against Sydney [email protected].

Tip 2 – Daniel Sams to continue his excellent form for Sydney Thunder

After doing exceedingly well in the game against Brisbane Heat, Daniel Sams will  be keen to continue his excellent form with the ball in hand against Stars. Last year, Sams claimed 11 wickets in 10 matches at an economy rate of 8.51. Given his clinical bowling performance in the previous match, we can expect left-arm pacer Daniel Sams to take one wicket or more against Melbourne [email protected]


Expect Sydney Thunder to beat Melbourne Stars by a comfortable margin at MCG.

  • Opener Marcus Stoinis to score 25 runs or more against Sydney Thunder- Melbourne [email protected]
  • Left-arm pacer Daniel Sams to take one wicket or more against Melbourne [email protected]

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