After the deplorable performance by the West Indies in the 1st Test where they were beaten by an innings and 212 runs inside 3 days of play, the expectations for this match are quite low.
Good news for the Windies is they can only improve off of that performance.
Bad news is Australia's batting lineup is set to get even stronger with Khawaja coming back into the side. With Shaun Marsh likely to lose his spot despite scoring 182 in the 1st Test, which just highlights how competitive their batting stocks are. The bowling line up on the other hand will remain unchanged from the previous Test. With Hazelwood really stepping up to fill the void of Starc.
With good weather predicted for all 5 days, that should take the draw out of the equation but with Australia at $1.05 there doesn't appear to be any value in the Match Betting markets.
The West Indies bowling line up really struggled in the 1st Test with some bowlers even refusing to bowl, but even more damning was how they struggled against the Victorian XI in a practice match this week. They took just 3 wickets in the drawn match and never really caused any problems for the batsmen. On the back of those two performances it's hard to see them causing any problems at all for Australia so the best bet for the match looks to be Australia to score over 455.5 in the 1st innings @ $1.85 with Sportsbet. They cleared that line by 128 in the 1st Test on a greener pitch than what is traditionally served up for Boxing Day so it would be quite surprising if they couldn't clear that total again.