Trent Rockets vs Birmingham Phoenix Betting Winner Prediction
Recommended Bet: Back the Birmingham Phoenix to win @ 1.86
The Rockets lost out in the Eliminator last year to the eventual winners the Southern Brave after a poor batting performance that saw them get to just 96.
The Phoenix went one better by making the final but they too lost to the Brave.
These are too well-matched sides.
The Phoenix look particularly strong in the middle-order with England pair Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone among the biggest hitters in the world, while their bowling looks varied and strong, too.
The Rockets’ big trump card is of course Rashid Khan and they too have some good men in the middle-order with the likes of Colin Munro, Dawid Malan and Lewis Gregory.
Interestingly it’s the Phoenix who are slight favourites for online betting and that probably has a lot to do with the fact that they won this fixture in Nottingham last year.
The Phoenix could well do the double on them so they’re our pick.
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Trent Rockets vs Birmingham Phoenix Betting Hot Bet Prediction
Recommended Bet: Back Marchant de Lange to be Trent Rockets Top Bowler @ 4.5 with Betway
All eyes will be on Rashid Khan here as is always the case with him.
Whatever team he’s at, he’s always the game-changer, the match winner.
But at far better odds than Khan’s 3.25, you can back Marchant de Lange at 4.5.
He had an excellent season last year in The Hundred with 12 wickets and might enjoy himself again this term with plenty more wickets.
It may also be the case that bowlers are far more cautious against Khan and prefer to take the risk against the likes of De Lange, which could play into his hands.
Birmingham Phoenix Likely XI
Smeed, Wade, Livingstone, Moeen, Benjamin, Hammond, Mousley, Howell, Richardson, Fisher, Tahir
Trent Rockets Likely XI
Hales, Kohler-Cadmore, Malan, Munro, Gregory, Moores, Patel, Rashid, De Lange, Cook, Wood
Venue & conditions
126, 132, 166 and 135. Those were the first innings scores in Nottingham, which comes to an average of 139.75.
In three out of those four matches, the winner was the chaser.
In all of those three cases, the chaser was the Rockets, so it would be a big surprise if they didn’t decide to bowl first if they won the toss.
However, the one game the Rockets did lose was when the Phoenix were here at Trent Bridge so the hosts will be wary about that.
The Phoenix will believe they can do it again.
There’s about a 20% chance of rain so we shouldn’t expect to lose many balls as a result of the weather.