Ospreys vs Benetton
Ospreys were on an excellent three game winning run before being thrashed 58-3 by Munster in their last match. They will want to quickly erase that memory when they welcome Benetton to the Swansea.com Stadium. The Italians are also coming of a loss in their last match as they went down to another Welsh side Cardiff. The home team are six points away from the playoff positions and will need to win their remaining matches and hope other results also go their way if they are to break into the top eight. The visitors on the other hand are just a point behind the eighth placed team with a win taking them into the playoff positions.
TIP: Benetton have been in superb form at home, winning five of their seven matches but their performances on the road have been very poor, winning just once all season. Ospreys know that a bonus point win in this match could see them draw level with their opponents in this match, provided the Italians don’t pick up any bonus points. The home team have the best scrum in the competition and will look to dominate Benetton at scrum time. The bookies have Ospreys as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.45, Gbets 1.42 and Hollywoodbets 1.48
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Ospreys vs Benetton
- Ospreys have won the last four matches between the sides.
- Benetton last recorded a win against Ospreys in 2017.
Latest results for both teams
The Ospreys lost 58-3 to Munster in their last match while Benetton were beaten 30-13 by Cardiff in their last match.
Benetton have showed the tendency to run the ball from anywhere on the pitch but for some unknown reason the cohesion in the away matches are sadly lacking. They will be well advised to do more kicking in this match as the Ospreys defence at home has been miserly. The home team have enjoyed much success with their kick chase game and if they are allowed to dictate terms with the boot, then they will come away with the victory. The man that holds the key for the Ospreys attack is inside centre Keiran Williams who has been superb in getting his side over the advantage line. I am predicting a home win by ten points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Iestyn Hopkins, 14 Luke Morgan, 13 Owen Watkin, 12 Keiran Williams, 11 Keelan Giles, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Reuben Morgan-Williams, 8 Morgan Morris 7 Ethan Roots, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Huw Sutton, 4 Rhys Davies, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Sam Parry, 1 Nicky Smith (c)
15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Ignacio Mendy, 13 Joaquin Riera, 12 Filippo Drago, 11 Marcus Watson, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage (c), 8 Riccardo Favretto, 7 Alessandro Izekor, 6 Giovanni Pettinelli, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Bautista Bernasconi, 1 Nahuel Tetaz
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Ospreys victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Ospreys handicap:
The complete odds on the Ospreys handicap:
Betway 1.90 (-5.5)
Gbets 1.91 (-5.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor returns on the Ospreys outright win therefore we suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-5.5),Gbets 1.91 (-5.5) and Hollywoodbets1.90 (-5.5)
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