Lions vs Scarlets
The Lions welcomes the Scarlets to Emirates Stadium for this match in the United Rugby Championships. The home team are currently in ninth position on the log with 19 points while the visitors are 15th with 9 points. The Lions have had a strange season as they have collected 13 points on the road while only gaining six points at home. They will however be boosted by their first home win in their last match when they defeated the Dragons. The Scarlets on the other hand are having a season to forget as they have only won one of their eight matches.
TIP: The Lions were dealt a severe blow during the week when it emerged that star centre Henco Van Wyk was handed a three match ban for a dangerous tackle in the last match. He will be replaced by rising star Sango Xamlashe and he will need to be at his best as he will be up against an all Welsh international midfield duo of Jonathan Davies and Scott Williams. The bookies have Lions 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
Lions vs Scarlets
- These sides have met once before with the Scarlets winning 36-13.
Latest results for both teams
The Lions won 33-25 against the Dragons in their last match while the Scarlets lost 36-19 in their last match against the Stormers
Both these teams have been famous for their attacking play in previous seasons but a lack of success in recent years has seen them go into their shell and adopt a more structured approach. The Lions will look to overpower the Scarlets with their physicality while the visitors will want to avoid too many set pieces. The Lions possess two of the fastest wingers in Rabz Maxwane and Edwill van der Merwe but they were largely wasted in the last match. If the Lions can get their potent backline into the game them they will win comfortably. I am backing the home team to win by more than 10 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Quan Horn, 14 Rabz Maxwane, 13 Sango Xamlashe, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Emmanuel Tshituka, 7 Darrien Landsberg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel (c), 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Sti Sithole
15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Tom Rogers, 13 Jonathan Davies (c), 12 Scott Williams, 11 Ryan Conbeer; 10 Sam Costelow, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Dan Davis, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Sam Lousi, 3 WillGriff John, 2 Taylor Davies, 1 Kemsley Mathias
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Lions victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Lions handicap:
The complete odds on the Lions 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 Lions 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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