Connacht vs Benetton
Connacht welcomes Benetton to the Sportsground in Galway for this match in the United Rugby Championships. Both teams had contrasting fortunes in their last match as the Irish team lost a local derby to Munster while the Italians had a brilliant win over Edinburgh despite having a player sent off early in the match. They showed great resolve right up until the final whistle as the Scottish side pushed hard for the victory. Connacht are currently 13th on the log and desperately need to start winning their home matches if they are to make the playoffs.
TIP: Connacht have made a number of changes for this match in both the forwards and the backs with the powerful Cian Prendergast returning on the flank. The biggest reason for the home team’s poor position this season has been their lack of cohesion in attack. There have been numerous times they had loads of possession but failed to turn it into points. The bookies have Connacht as favourites for this match and I am also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.25, Playabets 1.23 and Sunbet 1.25
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Connacht vs Benetton
- The last four matches between the teams are split at two wins apiece.
- Leinster have won 13 of their last 14 home matches against Ulster.
Latest results for both teams
Connacht lost 24-17 to Munster in their last match while Benneton beat Edinburgh 24-17 in their last match.
Benetton have built a solid reputation of being extremely difficult to beat at home and will be keen to improve their away form. They have gained 19 points from their home games and they are yet to score a single point on their travels. They have also made a number of changes for this match with the biggest one being at flyhalf where the former Wasps ten Jacob Umaga starts his first match since his move to Italy. Connacht will be looking to their talisman Bundee Aki to lead the attack and get his side on the front foot. We are backing Connacht to win by 15 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 John Porch, 14 Diarmuid Kilgallen, 13 Tom Farrell, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Mack Hansen, 10 Jack Carty (c), 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 Paul Boyle, 7 Conor Oliver, 6 Cian Prendergast, 5 Niall Murray, 4 Oisín Dowling, 3 Finlay Bealham, 2 Dave Heffernan, 1 Denis Buckley
15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Marcus Watson, 13 Tommaso Menoncello, 12 Marco Zanon, 11 Edoardo Padovani, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage (c), 8 Giovanni Pettinelli, 7 Michele Lamaro, 6 Manuel Ziliani, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Niccolò Cannone, 3 Filippo Alongi, 2 Giacomo Nicotera, 1 Ivan Nemer
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Connacht victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Connacht handicap:
The complete odds on the Connacht handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (-10.5) 1.90
Sunbet (-10.5) 1.89
Playabets (-10.5) 1.84
Predictions and Odds in details
There are very poor odds on the Connacht outright won therefore I suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-10.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-10.5) 1.89 and Playabets (-10.5) 1.84
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