Melbourne Stars (STA) will lock horns with Melbourne Renegades (REN) in match 33 of  Big Bash League 2021-22 at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday, January 3.

The Glenn Maxwell-led Stars have been very inconsistent in BBL 2021-22, winning three and suffering four defeats so far. With 10 points from seven matches, STA are currently placed sixth in the BBL standings and need a win on Monday in order to stay in contention for the playoff spots. 

Renegades, on the other hand, have struggled a lot this season, securing just a solitary win in seven matches. Led by Nic Maddinson, REN are currently languishing at the bottom of the standings with just six points on the board.

STA vs REN Dream11 prediction

Melbourne Stars have a dominant head-to-head record against Melbourne Renegades in the BBL, winning 14 of the 20 matches that they have played so far. Furthermore, the Stars have won four of their last five clashes against the Renegades. Going by their recent form and past record, STA will start as favourites against REN on Monday.

STA vs REN Dream11 team tips for Big Bash League 2021-22

Top tip: Best batter

Hilton Cartwright has been the standout batter for Melbourne Stars in the ongoing edition. The 29-year-old has amassed 215 runs in seven matches at an impressive strike rate of 149.30 and an average of 35.83. Having accumulated 366 fantasy points this season, Cartwright is a worthy fantasy pick for this clash.

Top tip: Best bowler 

Kane Richardson has been the wrecker-in-chief for Melbourne Renegades in BBL 2021-22. The Australian cricket team pacer has picked nine wickets in six matches at an average of 19.77. Richardson has tallied 319 fantasy points so far and is expected to add more points against the Stars. 

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Among the all-rounders, one must pick Melbourne Stars captain Glenn Maxwell in the fantasy team for this encounter. Maxwell has already accrued 334 fantasy points and is due for a big score in the ongoing tournament.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Stars’ Joe Clarke pips Sam Harper of Melbourne Renegades for the wicket-keeper spot. Clarke has recorded 203 runs this season as compared to Harper’s 167 runs in the same number of matches. At 9 credits, Clarke could be a valuable addition to the fantasy team.

STA vs REN probable playing XI

STA playing XI (probable): Joe Clarke (wicket-keeper), Tom Rogers, Glenn Maxwell (captain), Charlie Wakim, Hilton Cartwright, Tom O'Connell, Justin Avendano, Xavier Crone, Qais Ahmad, Brody Couch, Haris Rauf

REN playing XI (probable): Sam Harper (wicket-keeper), Aaron Finch, Nic Maddinson (captain), Mackenzie Harvey, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mohammad Nabi, Jack Prestwidge, James Pattinson, Kane Richardson, Reece Topley, Zahir Khan

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