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Sydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers preview: Visitors eyeing revenge victory

Table-toppers Perth Scorchers will be aiming to gain revenge on Sydney Thunder and extend their lead in Big Bash 2022/23 in Friday's encounter at Sydney Showground Stadium.

Reigning champions Perth, who are 7/4 in the To Win Outright market to land a record-extending fifth title this season, have won seven and lost two of their nine matches to sit top of the pile by a point.

Sydney's four-game winning streak was brought to a halt last time out, as rivals the Sixers triumphed by seven wickets with no less than 22 balls to spare, and the Thunder will be looking for a quick response.

WhatSydney Thunder v Perth Scorchers
WhereSydney Showground Stadium, Sydney
When18:30, Friday 13th December
How to watchFox Sports, Seven Network & Kayo
OddsSydney Thunder 11/10, Perth Scorchers 8/11

Revenge on Perth's mind

Perth's title defence has been going relatively smoothly so far as they lead the way, but one of their two defeats did come against the Thunder and they will be eager to make amends for that loss suffered on 4th January.

The Scorchers are having to deal without Cameron Green, Faf du Plessis, Adam Lyth, Phil Salt, Mitchell Marsh and Tymal Mills, but they have showcased their impressive squad strength during the tournament and can do so again on Friday.

While Perth have some key personnel unavailable for the rest of the tournament, Sydney are also having to deal without star batter Alex Hales after he recently made his last Big Bash outing of the campaign.

The Thunder have one of the best replacements in the shape of Australian opener David Warner, who has scored 152 runs across his three previous BBL outings in his career.

Despite having Warner in their ranks now, there is still the feeling Perth have greater batting strength, particularly in the middle order with Josh Inglis, Aaron Hardie and Ashton Turner all striking at better than 145 across the tournament.

Inglis has smashed 313 runs across nine matches - leaving him third in the tournament's runs charts - while Hardie has amassed 267 and Turner has contributed 217. The trio have been in deadly form and they can guide the Scorchers to victory.

In the Top Batter market for Perth, Inglis is priced at 15/4, Hardie is available at 11/4 and Turner can be backed at an appealing 5/1 to lead the way for his side.

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Aussie ready to rumble

Australian bowler Andrew Tye has been in fantastic form with the ball for Perth during the tournament, taking a joint-leading 17 wickets at an average of 16.82.

The 36-year-old's experience and subtle variations have made it hard for the opposition to get at him, with 286 runs conceding from his 35 overs bowled in this edition of the Big Bash.

In the previous meeting between Perth and Sydney, Tye failed to take a wicket but he was difficult to get away, conceding just 15 runs from the three overs he bowled.

Priced at 11/4, Tye looks like a good shout to be his side's Top Bowler, while the 11/1 Bet Boost on him to be Player of the Match is also worthy of consideration.

Green the star for the Thunder

Chris Green has been a hit for Sydney throughout the tournament so far, taking eight wickets from nine matches, and he is 9/2 to be his team's Top Bowler.

While the 29-year-old may not have taken as many wickets as other in his squad, it is his ability to slow the run-rate and stop batters from scoring freely that has stuck out.

Green is the only bowler with more than 100 deliveries to his name in this year's Big Bash to have an economy rate below 6, an impressive feat when you factor in some of the players he is going up against.

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