Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder Betting Tips 08/01/2022

January 8, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed
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Melbourne Renegades vs Sydney Thunder Betting Tips 08/01/2022

Zohaib Ahmed, Senior Author

The 40th match of the Big Bash League 2021-22 sees Melbourne Renegades host Sydney Thunder at Docklands Stadium, Melbourne on Jan 8 (Saturday). The match is to begin at 12:35 pm IST.

Teams Status

Melbourne Renegades

While the rest of the league reels from a devastating Covid outbreak, Melbourne Renegades sit pretty and have now taken advantage of two straight depleted opponents to pile up easy points.

During their five-match losing streak to end 2021, they couldn’t buy a point and now in 2022, they have collected points in all three of their matches so far.

Their last game, a comfortable five-wicket win, was against a Brisbane Heat side that had lost a dozen players to Covid and was featuring six debutants.

Melbourne bowlers handled all Brisbane batters, except for debutant opener Jake Lehmann, who smashed 65 off 52 to help his side to a less than modest 128 for 6, which Melbourne got to quite easily.

The points garnered from the last three games mean that Melbourne, which had dwelled towards the foot of the table for long swathes at the rear end of 2021, are not back in playoff contention.

Sydney Thunder

Sydney Thunder, pretty much like their opponents in this fixture, are the in-form team of the BBL right now, having notched four straight victories.

What’s even more impressive is that two of those four wins, including the last one, have been against league leaders Perth Scorchers, whom no other team has beaten so far this season.

Their latest win against Perth was the construct of their pacers, particularly Gurinder Sandhu, who claimed a hat-trick spanning two overs and restricted Perth to just 133 for 9.

In reply, the Thunder, who had Alex Hales back, looked pretty comfortable in the run chase, except for a slight late wobble, and got to the target with six wickets to spare.

The game was Saqib Mahmood and Sam Billings’ last. They will now return home to prepare for England’s West Indies series. Thankfully, they have a readymade replacement for Mahmood in Mohammad Hasnain. Billings’ loss will be hard to make up for.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

Brand Melbourne Renegades Sydney Thunder
PariMatch 2.16 1.67
PariPesa 2.26 1.688 2.18 1.69
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Sydney are the favourites for this fixture. Parimatch has Sydney priced at 1.67 and Melbourne at 2.16. Paripesa has Sydney available for 1.688 and Melbourne for 2.26. Lastly, Sportsbet has Sydney priced at 1.69 and Melbourne at 2.18.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Sydney Thunder to win @ 1.69

Melbourne have played some decent cricket of late but the truth is that they may not have had the results they have had, had other teams not been so depleted and missing so many players. Sydney’s wins have been more fair and square. They are losing key England duo but we still think they have plenty left in the tank to see off Melbourne. The odds have been sourced from Sportsbet.

Tip: Sydney Thunder first 6 overs total over 45.5 runs @ 1.85

The front three of Sydney Thunder pack a lot of talent and all of them had had runs this season. Alex Hales is Alex Hales, whereas Matthew Gilkes recently had a 93, while who can forget Jason Sangha’s ongoing purple patch. They are likely to have a flying start, which is why we back them to score more than 45.5 runs in their opening six overs. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.


It’s a close match and an argument can also be made for Melbourne but we think Sydney have more going for them than Melbourne, who have looked good only due to others’ misery. Sydney takes this.

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