BBL expert tips and predictions Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers

Who will progress to the BBL 13 final?

The BBL 13 qualifier pits Brisbane Heat against the Sydney Sixers, with an automatic finals spot up for grabs

News Insights

  • The top two in BBL 13 clash in Carrara.
  • Brisbane Heat have been the team to beat this season, losing just 1 of their 10 games.
  • Sydney Sixers meanwhile have timed their run to perfection, finishing 2nd in BBL table.
  • Winning this one will see either side through to the BBL Final on January 24th, 2024.

With the regular BBL season almost at a close, the top two sides in the league have the deserved privilege of battling it out for an automatic spot in the BBL final. 

Both the Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Sixers have impressed throughout BBL 13 with many online betting sites and the prospect of these two giants going at it is a mouthwatering one. 

For the victors, a spot in the BBL 13 final awaits, whilst for the losers, they will need to overcome the winners of the knockout game, to secure their place in the final showcase. With so much at stake, it should be a superb encounter in Carrara.  

Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers

BBL 13 is firmly at its business end, and with the top 4 sides having been decided, every team remaining in the competition is fully aware of what is at stake. 

Reward for both Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers is a place in the qualifier, by virtue of the two sides finishing in 1st and 2nd in the regular season table. 

Brisbane Heat have set the benchmark this season and deserved their place at the top of the tree, whilst Sydney Sixers are the in-form side in the Big Bash currently.  
Brisbane Heat 

It has been over 10 years since Brisbane Heat won the BBL title but they look more than ready to right that wrong in BBL 13. 

Heat have been the side to beat this season, losing just once and their consistency has been thanks to their strength in depth. 

The likes of Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne always add an X-factor to any side but Colin Munro, Matt Renshaw and Michael Neser have all stepped up on occasion this season. 

Arguably their biggest differential this season however has been Paul Walter, the English all-rounder has contributed with both bat and ball consistently and he will be eager to put in another big showing here. 
Brisbane Heat Predicted Line Up 

  • Josh Brown  
  • Colin Munro  
  • Max Bryant 
  • Sam Billings  
  • Paul Walter 
  • Jimmy Peirson 
  • Michael Neser 
  • Xavier Bartlett 
  • Mitchell Swepson 
  • Spencer Johnson 
  • Matthew Kuhnemann 

Sydney Sixers  

It has been a real season of two halves for the Sydney Sixers, who were looking in dire straits in the opening stages. 

However, they have shown real resolve to bounce back and force their way up the BBL 13 table, managing to end the regular season campaign in 2nd place. 

The Sixers have plenty of players seemingly in-form, at just the right time and Daniel Hughes at the top of the order epitomises just that. He, along with James Vince and Josh Philippe will be responsible for putting heavy runs on the board.  

Captain Moises Henriques has the ability to change the game with both bat and ball, whilst Jordan Silk, Sean Abbott and Todd Murphy are all match winners in a similar vein. 
Sydney Sixers Predicted Line Up 

  • Daniel Hughes  
  • James Vince  
  • Josh Philippe 
  • Jordan Silk 
  • Moises Henriques  
  • Jack Edwards  
  • Hayden Kerr 
  • Ben Dwarshius 
  • Sean Abbott 
  • Jackson Bird 
  • Todd Murphy

Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers - Stats

  • This will be the 22nd meeting between Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Sixers in BBL history.  
  • Currently, the Sixers dominate the head-to-head 13-6, with two historic washouts. 
  • A win for either side here sees them through to the BBL 13 final. 
  • The losers will need to overcome the winners of the Perth Scorchers and the Adelaide Strikers. 

Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers – Key Players

There are some of the biggest names in Australian and world cricket in action here and plenty of players are candidates to grab this game by the scruff of the neck with BBL betting sites
Here are the key men for both sides: 
Brisbane Heat: Paul Walter 

A relative unknown in Australia prior to this tournament, Paul Walter has been nothing sort of a revelation for the Brisbane Heat. 

Managing to take invaluable wickets with the ball and giving it plenty of hammer with the bat, Walter has become an integral part of the Heat’s lineup this season and another big performance from him can be expected here. 
Sydney Sixers: Sean Abbott 

Pace bowling may be a dying art of sorts in limited overs cricket, but Sean Abbott remains one of the very best in the business. 

With his ability to bowl sharply at the start of the innings and frugally at the death, if Sean Abbott has a good day here, the Sydney Sixers could be taking a big step towards the BBL 13 Grand Final.

Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers - Prediction

The enormity of this game will not be lost on any of the players taking part, or any punters and Aussie bookmakers, with a spot in the BBL Grand Final up for grabs in Carrara. 

Topping the regular season table was just rewards for the Brisbane Heat, who were able to demonstrate consistency throughout the campaign and few people would argue they have been the best side in BBL 13 so far. 

However, they need to keep winning and they take on a Sydney Sixers side that are in fine fettle and who know that a win in this one, would see them through to the final on January 24th. 

This should be a superb game, with so much on the line but Brisbane Heat should have too much for the Sixers here. 
Prediction: Brisbane Heat to win the match @ 2.05 with PlayUp

BBL 13 has been an enthralling watch, with so many incredible fixtures piquing the interest of punters and betting apps

Brisbane Heat take on the Sydney Sixers in the qualifying game, with the winners progressing to the final and the loser having to go through the mill to reach the showcase on January 24th.  

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.