Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat Betting Tips & Predictions

Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat Betting Tips & Predictions
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Betting Expert, James Pacheco

Last updated on 15th October 2021

Published: 29/01/2021

Categories: Cricket, Predictions

The latest Big Bash betting has the Thunder as the favourites to beat the Heat in this match known as the Knockout, where the loser goes home and the winner will go on to play the loser of the Sixers v Scorchers match for a place in the final.

The Thunder did well to finish third in the Group Stages while the Heat are fresh from beating the Strikers and their reward is this game. It takes place on Sunday, January 31 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra and starts at 1.45 pm IST.

The big game between two pretty evenly matched sides as we reach the business end of the tournament. All the best Thunder v Heat betting tips are up next.

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Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat H2H

Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat H2H

Thunder to win: why is this a good bet?

The Heat finished the Group Stages well and bowled particularly well against the Strikers on Friday, which was the foundation for that win. But they benefited massively from being at home and should find this a far bigger challenge. Even in a small chase on Friday, they almost made a mess of it.

The facts are simple.

The Thunder finished a couple of points better off in the Group Stages, looked a more dangerous side throughout and have more game-changing players, not that that’s the be-all-and-end-all.

Things were admittedly close in the Group Stages with one win-a-piece and it’s actually the Heat who are ahead on the head to head.

But the change of venue should play into the hands of the side with the better batsmen, because it’s a high-scoring ground, and that’s the Thunder. They scored 200-plus batting first on two occasions here at Manuka already. Add the extra rest days and the fact they didn’t need to travel and we have to go with the Sydney side.

Marnus Labuschagne Heat Top Batsman: why is this a good bet?

  • Very consistent with scores of 28, 49, 46 and 6 so far.
  • Bats at three so lots of deliveries to face.
  • A class act for Australia in all formats.
  • A patient player who doesn’t take too many risks so unlikely to get out early.

Marnus Labuschagne celebrates while playing for the Heat. He's our choice to be their top batsman in our Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat Betting Tips & Predictions for January 31st 2021

Why our hot bet is so hot

For the Thunder, Alex Hales has been all the rage this BBL but he surely can’t get a score every time he bats, no-one can. Fellow opener Usman Khawaja is out of form and Callum Ferguson has lost his way a bit, now going 9 games without a 50.

So the one to go with is Sam Billings, who’s had a good tournament since missing the first four matches, has scored two fifties, has loads of T20 experience and bats in a decent position at 4. He’s a very good price at 6.0.

Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat live betting tip

After looking like a one-man-team for the first few games, the Heat are showing there’s life beyond Chris Lynn.  With Marnus Labuschagne now in the side, Joe Burns playing a decent finisher’s role and Jimmy Pierson fresh from a good knock on Friday, their batting is looking the strongest it’s been all tournament. So if they bat first and Lynn gets out, it’s not game over.

The Thunder aren’t the best bowling side around so the Heat can easily get to at least 170 on the first innings runs market.

Alex Hales looks on as he plays for the Thunder. Our Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat Betting Tips & Predictions for January 31st 2021 put him as a top reason for Thunder to win. 

Big Bash big stats

  • Alex Hales is the top run scorer in the BBL with 454 runs, 81 clear of the Sixers’ Josh Philippe.
  • Tanveer Sangha of the Thunder is the only player in this game who is in the Top 10 for most wickets. He’s got 21.
  • The Heat’s Chris Lynn has five fifties in just 11 games. He averages 56 in this fixture and is the top scorer in it with 566.
  • Lynn aside, the Heat have scored just three fifties in 15 games all season.
  • Marnus Labuschagne has been the Heat’s top bowler in three of his four games this season.
  • Heat 9-3 up on head to head.
  • 1-1 in games played this season.

Where to bet on today’s BBL game

So those are our Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat betting tips for the game.

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