BBL expert tips and predictions Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars

Match 20 of BBL 13 pits the Adelaide Strikers against the Melbourne Stars.

Cracking the top 4 places will be the key objective for the Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Stars, as they meet at the Adelaide Oval

News Insights

  • Battle of two sides very much on the periphery in BBL 13.
  • Adelaide Strikers have only played 3 matches, winning 1, losing 1 and enduring a wash out.
  • Melbourne Stars have recovered from a rough start with two consecutive wins.
  • A win for either side would move them into the top 4 in BBL 13.

With the halfway stage of BBL 13 approaching quickly, the stakes are higher in every fixture, for every team. 

Both the Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Stars are two sides that are highly thought of by many punters and online betting sites, with both sides in need of a win. 

A win for either team here would give them a huge boost in pursuit of a top 4 and playoff finish, whilst a loss could have a catastrophic impact on the respective aspirations of both teams. 

Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars

For every BBL franchise, cracking the top 4 and progressing to the semi-finals is the ultimate aim. The Adelaide Strikers are yet to fully get going in BBL 13, with the fixture list and the weather hindering their progress. Meanwhile, the Melbourne Stars are starting to find form at potentially the right time. 

This should be a very good game in South Australia, with both sides desperate for the points. 
Adelaide Strikers 

2018 BBL winners the Adelaide Strikers are always a side to keep an eye on, but they have endured a mixed start to BBL 13. Having not played as many games due to fixture congestion and suffering with a washed out game, most BBL betting apps have found it hard to judge their progress but they remain an excellent side, with plenty of key men. 
Adelaide Strikers Predicted Line Up 

  • D’Arcy Short  
  • Matt Short  
  • Chris Lynn 
  • Adam Hose 
  • Jake Weatherald 
  • James Bazley 
  • Jamie Overton 
  • Harry Nielsen 
  • Wes Agar 
  • David Payne 
  • Cameron Boyce 

Melbourne Stars 

The picture in BBL 13 looked pretty bleak for the Melbourne Stars, who lost their opening 3 games but they have bounced back in style. 

Tight back-to-back wins over the Sydney Sixers and the Hobart Hurricanes has enabled the Melbourne Stars to propel themselves up the table and they currently occupy a spot inside the top 4. 

With Glenn Maxwell fit and firing once more, the Melbourne Stars could be coming good when it matters. 
Melbourne Stars Predicted Line Up 

  • Tom Rogers  
  • Sam Harper 
  • Beau Webster 
  • Hilton Cartwright 
  • Glenn Maxwell  
  • Marcus Stoinis 
  • Imad Wasim 
  • Jonathan Merlo 
  • Usama Mir 
  • Haris Rauf 
  • Joel Paris

Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars - Stats

  • This will be the 18th meeting between the Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars. 
  • Currently, the Melbourne Stars edge the head-to-head 9-8. 
  • Adelaide Strikers have won 33% of their BBL 13 matches. 
  • Melbourne Stars come into this one, having won their last two games. 

Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars – Key Players

When two top sides go at it like this, there are plenty of key match ups that will decide the game and they present excellent betting opportunities with BBL betting sites
Here are the key men for both sides: 
Adelaide Strikers: Matt Short 

Getting off to a strong start at the top of the order will be the ultimate objective for the Adelaide Strikers and in Matt Short, they have one of the most devastating batters around. 
His ability to pick up length and take the game to the opposition is electrifying and he will be out to put in a big score here in BBL 13.  
Melbourne Stars: Glenn Maxwell 

Box office cricketer personified, Glenn Maxwell continues to be the biggest contributor for the Melbourne Stars with both bat and ball. 

Having taken 3 wickets and blasted 35* against the Hobart Hurricanes last time out in a winning cause, Glenn Maxwell is full of confidence, and he will be out to spoil the party for the Strikers here. 

Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars - Prediction

The cut and thrust of BBL 13 is already upon us, with two sides looking to crack the top 4 facing off in South Australia. 

With the fans sure to be out in force for the now customary New Years Eve clash at the Adelaide Oval, the atmosphere should be electric – with both sides desperate to pick up the two points for a win. 

Adelaide Strikers haven’t fully got going as yet in BBL 13 and with the Melbourne Stars starting to tick, Glenn Maxwell and co. could pick up an important win here. 

Prediction: Melbourne Stars to win the match @ 2.05 with PlayUp

Excitement is building in BBL 13, with the huge fixtures coming thick and fast for both punters and Aussie bookmakers alike. 

Two sides with top 4 aspirations face off in a blockbuster clash in South Australia, as the Adelaide Strikers take on the Melbourne Stars. 

Sport has always been an integral part of Sam’s life, with his youth spent pursuing a playing career in both cricket and tennis, where he was fortunate enough to represent his native Wales at junior levels. Upon graduating from the University of Worcester, UK in 2011, Sam combined his two greatest passions – sport and travel, forging a freelance career as a tennis coach and a freelance journalist, visiting all 7 continents in the process. Having lived in Australia for over 2 years, Sam has a burning passion for AFL and follows every game he possibly can.