04-12-2021 Daily Predictions United Rugby Championship Stormers vs Lions

Stormers vs Lions

The Stormers welcome the Lions to Cape Town in this round five match in the URC. The home team are in 13th position with seven points while the visitors are in 14th position with six points. The Stormers are the leading South African team in the competition thanks to a win and a draw in their last two matches. The Lions started off their campaign with a win against Zebre but then have suffered four defeats in a row. They will be hard pressed to get their second win as they have a very poor record away to the Stormers.

TIP: The Stormers have one of the strongest packs in the league but they are facing a team that is really strong in the scrums . The battle at scrum time could very well decide who wins the match, There will be added spice in this match as Edwill van der Merwe will be making his Lions debut and it is against his former club. You can expect his old teammates to give him a special welcome. The bookies have the Stormers as favourites but I’m also tipping them for the victory. The best odds on this bet are as follows:  Worldsportsbetting 1.18, Playabets 1.25 and Sunbet 1.25

HEAD TO HEAD STATS

Stormers vs Lions

  • The Stormers have won the last five matches between these teams.
  • The Lions last won in Cape Town in 2018.
  • The last match between the sides was won 39-37 by the Stormers.

Latest results for both teams

The Stormers won their last match against the Dragons 24-10 while the Lions lost 26-10 to Ulster.

PREDICTION

Local derby matches are always very physical with big forwards trying to destroy each other but this match could see the backline trying to dominate the game. The Stormers have selected Mannie Libbok at 10 and this could be a risk as he can sometimes make glaring errors. I personally feel it is a great decision ae he has the ability to bring players like Warrick Gelant more into the game. Gelant was the star of the show in the opening rounds of the URC. If he can continue with that form then the Stormers will win the match. I predict a home win by more than 10 points.

  • Probable Starting XVs

Stormers

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Junior Pokomela, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Salmaan Moerat (c), 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Brok Harris

Lions

15 EW Viljoen, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal (c), 11 Rabz Maxwane, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Vince Tshituka, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sti Sithole

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Stormers victory are as follows:

Worldsportsbetting 1.18

Playabets 1.25

Sunbet 1.25

Odds comparison on the Stormers handicap victory :

The complete odds on the Stormers handicap victory:

Worldsportsbetting (-9.5) 1.90

Sunbet (-9.5) 1.89

Playabets (-9.5) 1.86

Predictions and Odds in details

Both these teams rely heavily on the rolling maul and they score a lot of tries from this avenue. The maul defence of both sides will be crucial to the outcome of the match. The Lions will be eager to get the ball out to their wings as they have two of the fastest wingers in the competition. The bookies have the Stormers as slight favourites but the value bet is the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-9.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-9.5) 1.89 and Playabets (-9.5) 1.86

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