Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars Betting Tips

The Manuka Oval in Canberra will serve as the host for a thrilling encounter between the Sydney Thunder and the Melbourne Stars on 29th December 2020 at 13:45 IST. The Thunder will be seeking for revenge, while the Stars will look to make it two in a row against the Thunder this season.

Sydney Thunder Form & Team News

The Sydney Thunder are slowly gaining momentum as they have won the last three matches. They have played four matches this season and have won three and lost just one match. The Thunder started this season with a loss against the Melbourne Stars, but bounced back really well with convincing wins over the Brisbane Heat, Perth Scorchers and the Melbourne Renegades. They were exceptional against the Renegades with both bat and ball, they scored over 200 runs and bowled out their opponents for just 80 runs.

The youngster Oliver Davis is shining like a bright star and looks like a promising talent. He has scored 84 runs in two matches, and also won the man of the match award against the Renegades. Another youngster is making a mark in the bowling department, and his name is Tanveer Sangha. Sangha has picked seven wickets in four matches. The rest of the players are in good touch as well.

Melbourne Stars Form & Team News

The Melbourne Stars were on the losing side of a last over thriller against defending champions Sydney Sixers. The Stars are currently in the fourth position with ten points, they have played four matches and won two, lost one and there was no result in one match. They started this season with a couple of wins against the Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Thunder, then the match against the Perth Scorchers was washed out and finally losing to the Sixers in the last match.

Glenn Maxwell and Nicolas Pooran were brilliant with the bat in the last match, where they managed to score 71* and 65 respectively when the team was in deep trouble at 49/4. Glenn Maxwell is the team’s leading run scorer with 156 runs in three innings. From the bowling department, 9 of the 12 bowlers used so far are among the wickets. Liam Hatcher is the team’s leading wicket taker with 8 wickets. 

Odds By Casumo

According to the Casumo sportsbook, the Melbourne Stars are the favorites to win the match. The Stars are placed at 1.73 odds while the underdogs Sydney Thunder are placed at 2.10 odds.

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Our Tipster’s Angle

With that being said, the Melbourne Stars are too strong to beat and are a well balanced team than the Sydney Thunder on paper. A win here for the Thunder can take them to a comfortable lead over the Stars in the points table.

Tip 1: Melbourne Stars to win

In the last five head to head matches, the Melbourne Stars have dominated the Sydney Thunder. The Stars have won all the last five head to head matches quite comfortably. The Stars won both the league matches against the Thunder last season and also beat them in the Challenger to enter the Finals. Even the Stars won the reverse fixture in the very same venue. Both the teams are in a pretty solid position in the current season. But the Stars look like a well balanced side and are expected to win the match at 1.73 odds available on the Casumo sportsbook.

Tip 2: Most 6s – Melbourne Stars

The Melbourne Stars edged the Sydney Sixers by just two sixes in a run fest. Also, the Melbourne Stars have hit more sixes than their opponents in three matches out of the four matches played, out of which one was washed out. The Thunder managed to hit more sixes than their opponents in just one out of their four matches. In the last five head to head matches, the Stars have hit 20 sixes at an average of 4 sixes per match, while the Thunder hit 19 sixes at an average of just under 4. And also the Thunder just managed to hit more sixes than the Stars in one match only. So, it is more likely that the Melbourne Stars will hit more sixes than the Sydney Thunder at 2.05 odds available on the Casumo sportsbook.


With the addition of Nic Pooran, the Stars look even more stronger and are likely to beat the Thunder for three points if not all four. Summarizing a couple of bets mentioned above

  1. Melbourne Stars to win @ 1.73
  2. Most 6s – Melbourne Stars @ 2.05

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