Published: 17.01.2017

Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades Betting Tips

One of the most thrilling cricket tournaments in the world made a welcome return this week. The Big Bash continues to go from strength to strength and is now considered by many to be on an even par with the Indian Premier League. As ever there is a great mix of big star international names and top class Australian talent competing and on Saturday there is a very good looking game between Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades.

The action takes place at the Gaba as both teams begin their 2015/16 Big Bash campaigns looking for an improvement from last year. While the Renegades were unhappy to finish just sixth in the league it was a nightmare campaign for the Heat who propped up the rest, bottom of the shop. With plenty of room for improvement and the chance for each team to start afresh there will be a great deal of excitement amongst the players and fans alike when the toss is made on Saturday evening.

The bookies all think that this is going to be a tough night for the home side and we happen to agree. It would be unfair on the Heat to suggest that they are short of top class talent but when you compare the two sides the Renegades have to be considered the stronger.

Brisbane will be badly weakened by the loss of Brendan McCullum. The New Zealand captain is one of the very best T20 players in the world but his commitments to the Black Caps’ test series against Sri Lanka means the Heat are going to have to somehow replace his power scoring. The fans at the Gabba will expect much of Chris Lynn who captains the side but the key player could be Lendl Simmons. If the Renegades get the West Indian opener out early they will look a great bet at odds of 1.67 with Centrebet.

The Renegades have some of the biggest names in the competition with the likes of Aaron Finch, Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle sure to provide fireworks. The Renegades will have their sights set on winning their first Big Bash title and though they may fall short in that regard they should get off to a positive start.

Gayle has come in for a great deal of criticism for his decision to skip the West Indies’ test series against Australia and play in the Big Bash instead. The 36-year-old insists that he is not fit enough to play a five day test match (not that the Windies have much chance of taking a test to five days) but the fact that he is joined by fellow countrymen taking the riches of the big T20 tournament has not got down well. Gayle though is one of the coolest customers around and the media furore will not affect him once he gets out to the middle. Gayle is the shortest odds player in the top Renegades batsman market but the 3.15 that Unibet are offering looks a good price. Time and time again Gayle has used his explosive power to smash runs all over the pitch and he could do it once again on Saturday evening.

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