Perth Scorchers vs Melbourne Renegades Big Bash League Betting Tips

Published: 19.12.2018

The Perth Scorchers, who head into the 2018-19 Big Bash League as outright title favourites, begin their campaign with a visit to the Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night. Online bookie Topbetta has Perth as 5.00 title favourites on the eve of BBL|08, with the Renegades fifth in title betting at 9.00.

The closeness of the title betting odds is testament to the unpredictability and chaos of Australia’s Twenty20 domestic competition. The Scorchers finished top of the ladder in BBL|07, only to be thrashed by 71 runs in a home semi-final against the Hobart Hurricanes. The three-time champs come into BBL|08 with a largely unchanged squad, although they’ll have to make do on Thursday without Shaun Marsh, who’s on test duty, and the suspended Cam Bancroft. The Renegades will be without regular openers Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris, who are also on test duty. Given the lineups, Neds’ promise of 1.91 for a Scorchers victory looks tempting.

The BBL moves to a full-length home-and-away format for the first time this season, with all eight teams to play each other home and away. Last season, each team was drawn to play three teams twice, and as luck would have it the Scorchers and Renegades met in Perth and Melbourne. The Scorchers won on both occasions, prevailing by three wickets at Etihad Stadium on the back of opener Michael Klinger’s 37 and by five wickets at the now-disused WACA thanks to Ashton Turner’s 70 runs from 32 balls.

Turner had a superb BBL|07, averaging 27.67 with the bat at a strike rate of 162.58 – the third-highest strike rate in the league. Unibet is paying 1.87 for him to score 21 or more in Melbourne. Bet365 is paying 3.25 for Klinger to be Perth’s top scorer and 3.25 to score a half-century. For the Renegades, a lot of pressure will fall on stand-in captain Cameron White, who Bet365 has at 3.50 to score a half-century.