The ninth season of the Big Bash League – or the BBL|09 – got underway on 17 December 2019 and it will conclude with the final on 8 February 2020. While the season has been shortened a touch, there are actually more games this season due to a changed playoff format that sees the best two teams during the regular season having the ability to lose their first knockout game and still progress to the final.
The season is currently seven or eight games deep for each team, so we are basically at about the mid-point of league play. This makes it the ideal time to get involved with betting on one of the most fun Twenty20 format competitions the sport has to offer.
Form So Far
There are two teams standing out from the pack at this point in the season as they are the only squads with six wins and less than three defeats. The Melbourne Stars top the log with 12 points from their first seven games and they are riding a four-game winning streak after last going down to the Adelaide Strikers at the back end of December. A win in their next match over the bottom of the table Renegades – they have lost all seven of their games – leads into a top of the table clash this weekend with the Sydney Sixers.
The Sixers are the team best keeping pace with the Stars and they are on a five-game winning run of their own. This includes a pair of wins over the Strikers and a Super Over win over cross-town rivals the Sydney Thunder in one of the best games of the entire season to date. They can take the top spot – and kick on to the playoffs from there – with a win over the Stars at the MCG on Sunday. The two teams then meet again in Sydney just over a week later.
BetXchange has all the markets you will need when looking to bet on the 2019-20 Big Bash League. Single-game bets – ranging from the winner of the match, the first wicket method, or the top player from either team – can be found posted a few days before the day of the match.
If you are looking for more long term betting, then BetXchange has markets there too. The Melbourne Stars are the current favorites to take the overall tournament at 1.70, but be sure to pay attention to their upcoming matches with the Sydney Sixers (3.00) to see how the two teams match up. If you are looking for a dark horse, then the Adelaide Strikers (8.00) have put in some excellent performances this year and are worthy of consideration.
The top tournament batsman market seems to have been locked down by Marcus Stoinis and it would take a drastic fall in form for the Stars’ batsman to not push on from here. The top tournament bowler market, however, is much more open, with Rashid Khan 2.20, Haris Rauf 2.50, and Daniel Sams 3.30 all looking great at times for their respective teams. A bolter to watch here is Ben Laughlin 10.00, who only seems to be getting better as the season moves on.