Birmingham Phoenix vs Northern Superchargers Betting Winner Prediction
Recommended Bet: Back Birmingham Phoenix @ 2.00 in Live Betting with Pure Win.
In terms of online cricket betting, the hosts, the Birmingham Phoenix, are favourites.
And not just that but they’re one of the shorter prices we’ve seen so far in the competition at just 1.63.
It’s probably justified.
The Phoenix have been good, with three wins on the spin and are two from two when playing at home in Birmingham.
The Superchargers haven’t been so good.
They knew they were always going to be without England Test skipper Ben Stokes for much of the campaign.
But they have some other pretty good players, including Faf du Plessis, Harry Brook, Dwayne Bravo, Adil Rashid and the in-form Adam Lyth.
It’s quite surprising they’ve won just one match out of four so far. But they just haven’t clicked.
So with their strong home record, the Phoenix should win again but a good start for the Superchargers isn’t out of the question.
Du Plessis and Lyth can make fast starts with the bat, while the Phoenix have a habit of losing early wickets themselves when they bat first.
You should be able to get odds of 2.0 on the Phoenix at some stage in live betting and when they hit those odds, then is the time to back them.
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Birmingham Phoenix vs Northern Superchargers Hot Bet Prediction
Recommended Bet: Back Tom Helm to be Birmingham Phoenix Top Bowler @ 5.0 with Betway
One of the interesting things about betting is how the more famous and more high-profile players are always short odds based exactly on that.
And here we have a case in point.
Legendary county bowler Benny Howell and Aussie international Kane Richardson are 4.5 and 4.0 respectively. Both have five wickets to their name so far and boast excellent economy rates.
But the only man with six wickets so far is Tom Helm.
The uncapped 28 year-old has admittedly been quite expensive but that doesn’t matter here because this market is about who can take the most wickets.
Only Howell has bowled more than his 12 overs, and it’s always important that a bowler gets through as many overs as possible, as we know from our top bowler guide.
And at bigger odds (5.0) than the other two, he’s the one to go with.
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Birmingham Phoenix Likely XI
1 Will Smeed, 2 Miles Hammond, 3 Moeen Ali (capt), 4 Liam Livingstone, 5 Chris Benjamin (wk), 6 Dan Mousley, 7 Benny Howell, 8 Graeme van Buuren, 9 Tom Helm, 10 Kane Richardson, 11 Imran Tahir
Northern Superchargers Likely XI
1 Faf du Plessis (capt), 2 Adam Lyth, 3 Michael Pepper (wk), 4 David Willey, 5 Harry Brook, 6 Adam Hose, 7 David Wiese, 8 Roelof van der Merwe, 9 Dwayne Bravo, 10 Matthew Potts, 11 Adil Rashid
Venue & conditions
The match before last, the Phoenix posted 176 against the Southern Brave, which proved to be more than enough runs on the board.
Much of that was down to Will Smead scoring 101, one of just two centuries to ever be scored in The Hundred.
That it came off just 50 balls shows what a fantastic knock that was and it was only because of what a freak innings it was that they got to such a big total.
But it was back to what is roughly the par score at Edgbaston the next match.
This time round, the Rockets managed just 145 and they only got a score at all because of some excellent late hitting from Daniel Sams.
In the end it wasn’t enough, the Phoenix getting there with plenty to spare.
So you’d think 150-155 would be a total to be backing on the first innings runs market and if the team batting first gets to that, it should be about 50/50 as to whether the chaser can get home.
There’s about a 25% chance of rain for this game but we should at the very least get a completed match.