Western Force vs Reds
The Force will be buoyed by an excellent win over the Rebels in their last match while the Reds will be relieved after beating the Waratahs in their last match. The visitors have won both their matches thus far while the Force have won one and lost one. The Force will be playing their first match at their own stadium and it will be a big boost for them. They have a near full strength team and will want to take advantage of the Reds missing a few key players.
TIP: The Reds scrum struggled last week when they played the Waratahs due to the absence of Wallaby Taniela Tupou so the Force will again be looking to exploit the scrum. Another key player missing will be livewire scrumhalf Tate McDermott who was injured in the last match. The Force will be content with playing a kicking game as they avoid playing in their own half. The bookies have the Reds as favourites but I’m tipping the Force for the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 2.40, Playabets 2.28 and Sunbet 2.35
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Western Force vs Reds
- The Reds have won three of the last five matches between these sides.
- The Force have only won one of their last three home matches against the Reds.
- The Force won the last match between the sides 30-27.
Latest results for both teams
The Force won their last match 28-3 against the Rebels while the Reds won 20-16 against the Waratahs in their last match. .
The Force have always been a team that likes to play multiple phases in the opposition half and in the opponents 22m area. This season they seem to have added an attacking edge to their play which could transform their season. The Reds have looked toothless in attack and will welcome back Hunter Paisami who will provide them with quality go forward ball. The match will be a kicking affair as both teams don’t like playing in their own half. In their first home game I am predicting the home team to win by 5 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Jake Strachan, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Richard Kahui, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Reesjan Pasitoa, 9 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 8 Tim Anstee, 7 Ollie Callan, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Fergus Lee-Warner, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Feleti Kaitu’u (c), 1 Tom Robertson
15 Jock Campbell, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Josh Flook, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Kalani Thomas, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Seru Uru, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (c), 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Feao Fotuaika, 2 Josh Nasser, 1 Dane Zander
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Force victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Force handicap :
The complete odds on the Force handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (+2.5) 1.91
Sunbet (+3.5) 1.90
Playabets (+1.5) 1.82
Predictions and Odds in details
The Reds for many seasons have based their game plan around their forward pack but this season they are not looking so dominant up front. The Force have an excellent pack led by their captain Feleti Kaitu’u. He is continuing with his last season form and looks like the frontrunner for the Wallaby hooker position. There are great odds on the Force upset win but if you are looking for a safety bet then I suggest the Force on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+2.5) 1.91, Sunbet (+3.5) 1.90 and Playabets (+1.5) 1.82
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