Stormers vs Zebre
The Stormers play host to Zebre for this match in the URC. The home side will be delighted to be back on familiar ground after their nightmare tour to Europe. They lost all four of their tour matches albeit by very close margins. Zebre won their first match in 19 months and then drew their following game against Cardiff. It looked like they were back on track but were brought down to earth with a crushing 61-19 defeat to the Lions. The bad news for the visitors is that the Stormers will have their World Cup winning Springboks back for this match.
TIP: The difference of the Stormers playing at home and playing abroad is chalk and cheese. It is frustrating as they kick away all possession when they play in Europe while at home, they are brilliant with ball in hand. Zebre will need to rethink their tactics as they were punished when they kicked away possession against the Lions. They will need to keep ball in hand or risk being blown of the park by the hard running Stormers backs. The bookies have the Stormers as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.01, Gbets 1.01 and Hollywoodbets 1.01
Stormers vs Zebre
- The Stormers have won both the previous matches against Zebre.
Latest results for both teams
The Stormers lost 31-24 in their last match against Cardiff while Zebre were beaten 61-19 by the Lions in their last match.
The biggest improvement to the Zebre game this season has been their defence but they simply fell apart against the Lions in the last match. They will need to be at their best defensively as the Stormers star attackers Damian Willemse and Mannie Libbok return to the field and will be full of running. The Italian side will need to get the ball more into the hands of their exceptional wing Simone Gesi as he is a try scoring machine. The visitors will need their forwards to lay the platform for them if they are to launch meaningful attacks. I am predicting a Stormers win by 30 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Damian Willemse, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, 11 Ben Loader, 10 Mannie Libbok, 9 Stefan Paul De Wet, 8 Marcel Theunissen, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Nama Xaba, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 2 Andre-Hugo Venter, 1 Brok Harris (captain).
15 Lorenzo Pani, 14 Jacopo Trulla, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Enrico Lucchin, 11 Simone Gesi, 10 Geronimo Prisciantelli, 9 Alessandro Fusco, 8 Giovanni Licata (Captain), 7 Iacopo Bianchi, 6 Giacomo Ferrari, 5 Andrea Zambonin, 4 David Sisi, 3 Juan Pitinari, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Danilo Fischetti
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Lions victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Zebre handicap:
The complete odds on the Zebre handicap:
Betway 1.90 (+32.5)
Gbets 1.87 (+32.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+32.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor returns on the Stormers outright win therefore we suggest backing the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+32.5), Gbets 1.87 (+32.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+32.5)
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