Zebre vs Bulls
Zebre play host to the Bulls in this URC fixture. The home side are still looking for their first win while the Bulls will be looking to bounce back after losing to Ulster last week. The visitors have only themselves to blame for that loss as their discipline was very poor. Zebre have improved markedly from last season and have been unlucky to lose two very close matches. They were soundly beaten by the Bulls, home and away last season which should ensure they are highly motivated for this match. The visitors have a poor overseas record which the home side should look to exploit.
TIP: The Bulls traditionally have a very strong pack and this time round it will be no different as they have the likes of Captain Marcell Coetzee and Elrigh Louw on the flanks. They will be looking to new recruit Akker Van Der Merwe to provide the impetus of the bench. Zebre seem to have found the balance between kicking and running and much of that credit must go to their halfbacks Geronimo Prisciantelli and Gonzalo Garcia who have been exceptional so far. The bookies have Bulls as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.12, Gbets 1.12 and Hollywoodbets 1.13
Zebre vs Bulls
- The Bulls have won the only two previous matches between the sides.
- Both victories were by over 30 point margins.
Latest results for both teams
Zebre lost 34-31 to Ospreys in their last match while the Bulls lost 26-19 to Ulster last time out.
Zebre have looked excellent in the scrums and dominated a strong Ospreys front row last week. This is certainly an area they can look to target as the visitors don’t have the strongest scrum but the signing of Wilco Louw has definitely improved the front row. Both teams have a deadly back three who love to counter attack therefore the kicking out of hand will need to be accurate. The home side biggest improvement has been in the lineouts as their driving maul has proven very difficult to stop. The Bulls overall quality will see them to a close victory by 8 points
Probable Starting XVs
15 Lorenzo Pani, 14 Pierre Bruno, 13 Franco Smith Jr, 12 Enrico Lucchin, 11 Simone Gesi, 10 Geronimo Prisciantelli, 9 Gonzalo Garcia, 8 Giovanni Licata (captain), 7 Giacomo Ferrari, 6 Guido Volpi, 5 Andrea Zambonin, 4 David Sisi, 3 Juan Pitinari, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Paolo Buonfiglio.
15 Devon Williams, 14 Sebastian de Klerk, 13 David Kriel, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Cameron Hanekom, 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marcell Coetzee (co-captain), 5 Ruan Nortje (co-captain), 4 Ruan Vermaak, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Bulls victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Zebre handicap:
The complete odds on the Zebre handicap:
Betway 1.90 (+14.5)
Gbets 1.87 (+14.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+14.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor returns on the Bulls outright win therefore we suggest backing the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+14.5), Gbets 1.87 (+14.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+14.5)
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