Lions vs Edinburgh
The Lions have looked like a different team in their last few matches and the change was evident in their loss to Leinster. Since then they have won three matches in a row including a win against the highly fancied Munster. They seem to be playing with a lot of confidence but the major reason for their improved performances is the selection and form of Jordan Hendrikse and Morne van den Berg. The young halfback pair has transformed the Lions attack with their energy and creativity. Edinburgh themselves had a fantastic win against the Sharks in the last match.
TIP: The Scottish side were greatly helped last week by the weather as the heavy rain played into their hands. They will need to be prepared for the heat and altitude of the Emirates stadium this week. The Lions after struggling for a few seasons with an exodus of their best players seem to have found the young players that will take them forward. Edinburgh became the first European team to win in South Africa in this competition. The bookies have Edinburgh as favourites and I tip the Lions on the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 2.50, Playabets 2.56 and Sunbet 2.40.
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Lions vs Edinburgh
- This is the first ever meeting between the sides.
Latest results for both teams
The Lions won their last match 45-15 against the Ospreys while Edinburgh beat the Sharks 21-5 in their last match.
The Lions like most of the South African teams rely on a strong and dominant pack and this match will be no different. If Edinburgh can match the physicality of the home team then they have a chance of victory. The man that has been outstanding for the Lions is captain Burger Odendaal as he has led from the front and always provides his team with go forward ball. He has been assisted by Hendrikse and his siege gun boot that constantly turns opposition teams back into their territory. Edinburgh have dangerous backline players like Blair Kinghorn and Emiliano Boffelli, if they are given space they will punish the Lions. I am predicting a home win by 6 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Quan Horn, 14 Rabz Maxwane, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 Morne van den Berg, 8 Emmanuel Tshituka, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Francke Horn, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Mark Bennett (captain), 12 James Lang, 11 Freddie Owsley, 10 Blair Kinghorn, 9 Ben Vellacott, 8 Ben Muncaster, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Jamie Hodgson, 4 Pierce Phillips, 3 Lee-Roy Atalifo, 2 Dave Cherry, 1 Boan Venter.
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Lions victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Lions handicap :
The complete odds on the Lions handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (+2.5) 1.90
Sunbet (+3.5) 1.81
Playabets (+3.5) 1.84
Predictions and Odds in details
The Lions will use their rolling maul to wear down the Edinburgh pack so the visitors maul defence must be good otherwise they will be in big problems. Edinburgh have adopted a ball in hand approach this season but they need to be careful not to run too much as the altitude will be a factor late in the match. There are great odds on the Lions upset win but if you looking for a safety bet then I suggest the Lions on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+2.5) 1.90, Sunbet (+3.5) 1.81 and Playabets (+3.5) 1.84
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