Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals have both had a mixed bag of results in The Hundred this season and look tough to separate ahead of their meeting at The Oval on Wednesday 9 August.
The Originals have one win, one defeat and one no result to their name so far this season, while the Invincibles have won one and tied one of their two assignments.
Overseas pair Sunil Narine and Heinrich Klaasen are once again set to feature for the Oval Invincibles while Spencer Johnson is available for selection.
Fresh from his 43 against Birmingham Phoenix, Jos Buttler is again expected to open with Phil Salt for Manchester Originals.
Manchester Originals to win @ EVS
Manchester Originals were in action as recently as Monday and looked in fine nick, crushing Birmingham Phoenix by 49 runs at Old Trafford, and they could follow up with victory against the Invincibles.
There is not a lot between these teams and they finished with identical win-loss records last year in The Hundred but it was the Originals who went all the way to the final at Lord’s, falling two wickets short of champions Trent Rockets.
The Originals benefit from some serious top-order firepower in Salt, who blasted 353 runs in The Hundred last year, and England star Buttler, while number three batsman Laurie Evans enjoyed a terrific T20 Blast campaign for Surrey earlier this season, contributing 563 runs in 16 innings.
The visitors look overpriced and are worth a bet to win this match.
Will Jacks – Top Oval Invincibles Run Scorer @ 3/1
While the Originals look the best pick to win this match, there is some value in the top Invincibles runscorer market.
In their most recent contest with Welsh Fire, the Invincibles were held to a rare tie after scoring 138-6.
Jordan Cox was the star of the show for the Invincibles on that occasion, scoring 51, but above him in the order is a real powerhouse in Will Jacks.
Jacks could only score 16 last time out but he struck two boundaries on his way to that total and he was another who excelled in the T20 Blast earlier this year.
In a big-hitting Surrey team, Jacks scored 558 in the competition, giving him an average of 37.20 and only Dawid Malan, Salt and Adam Lyth scored more than Jacks in The Hundred last year.
Back him to top score for the home side.