Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Stars Tips, Odds and Teams – BBL Big Bash 2016/2017

Wednesday’s Big Bash 2016/2017 Round 3 match is between Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars. The match is set to commence at 19:10 local time with the game to be played in Sydney at the Spotless Stadium. The away team Melbourne Stars are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars.

 

When: 19:10 | Wednesday 04/01/2017

Where: Sydney, Spotless Stadium

 

Preview:

Sydney Thunder are having an awful season thus far and will be desperate to turn it around when they meet the Melbourne Stars at Spotless Stadium on Wednesday evening. The Thunder have yet to win a game in their 4 BBL06 games. The stars on the other hand have only played two games and won one of them. The jury is still out for the Stars but we’ll be tipping them along with Melbourne Stars/Kevin Pietersen as our roughy bet at $5.00

 

Odds:

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Tip: Sydney Thunder at $2.57

 

Value Bet: Melbourne Stars/Kevin Pietersen at $5.00

 

Teams:

Sydney Thunder squad
Shane Watson (c), Fawad Ahmed, Aiden Blizzard, Patrick Cummins, Jake Doran, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Usman Khawaja, Jay Lenton, Nathan McAndrew, Alister McDermott, Clint McKay, Eoin Morgan, Arjun Nair, Kurtis Patterson, Ben Rohrer, Andre Russell, Gurinder Sandhu.

 

 

Melbourne Stars squad
David Hussey (c), Michael Beer, Scott Boland, Jackson Coleman, James Faulkner, Seb Gotch, Evan Gulbis, Peter Handscomb, Sam Harper, Ben Hilfenhaus, Glenn Maxwell, Kevin Pietersen, Rob Quiney, Marcus Stoinis, Tom Triffitt, Daniel Worrall, Luke Wright, Adam Zampa.

 

Other Sports News:

Tomic crashes out of Brisbane tennis

Bernard Tomic has suffered a deflating start to his Australian summer, crashing out of the Brisbane International in the opening round.

Tomic lasted just 83 minutes on Monday as he went down to eighth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3 7-5 in a hail of unforced errors on Pat Rafter Arena.

The Gold Coaster traditionally performs well at his home tournament but struggled badly on serve and could not get his forehand working against the far more consistent Ferrer.

His world No.26 ranking will drop after failing to defend points achieved last year with his run to the semi-finals in Brisbane, before losing to eventual champion Milos Raonic.

Tomic lost his opening two service games against Ferrer, the former world No.3, and could only blame himself for producing a sixth double fault to lose the first set in 36 minutes.

He appeared to be troubled by a twinge early as he over-extended for a winning sliced backhand but managed to go shot for shot with Ferrer in the second set.

Games went on serve but Tomic was made to work harder for each before falling short of taking the set into a tiebreaker.

Tomic saved two match points but again was let down by his serve with his eighth double fault, allowing world No.21 Ferrer free passage into the second round where he’ll meet Australian wildcard Jordan Thompson.

Tomic praised the class and consistency of Ferrer, 34, but also blamed his first-serve inaccuracy and a heavy training load for his woes.

The 24-year-old looked lethargic and admitted he “felt flat” after working extremely hard on his fitness in the off-season but denied he was carrying any injuries.

“That’s what cost me – I served terrible,” he said.

“I was sort of expecting it. He’s a guy who has made his career based on being a machine and getting every ball back and he’s one of the top players in the world in the past six or seven years.

“It was a match that was always going to be tough and he was just playing too solid than I was.”

Tomic, who will play exhibition matches in Sydney and Melbourne, denied it was a dent to his confidence heading towards the Australian Open.

French world No.39 Nicolas Mahut also won through to the second round after overcoming compatriot Stephane Robert 4-6 6-3 6-4.

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