05-11-2023 Daily Predictions United Rugby Championship Benetton vs Lions

Benetton vs Lions

Benetton welcomes the Lions to Treviso for this URC match. The home side will be delighted with their 13-13 draw with defending champions Munster in their last match although they should have won the match. They led by ten points in the last ten minutes only to conceded a penalty and then a converted try after the hooter. The Lions also felt heart break for the second match in a row as they lost by one point to Edinburgh last week. This follows a first-round loss by two points to the Stormers. The visitors will be desperate to claim their win of the season.

TIP: The Lions have kept changes to a minimum for this match and have shown faith in the players that almost won last time out. Benetton on the other hand have made a host of changes that strengthen their team as they welcome back a host of their Italian internationals. There is also change at flyhalf with the impressive Tomas Albornoz coming into the team in place of Jacob Umaga. The bookies have Benetton as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.44, Gbets 1.45 and Hollywoodbets 1.44


Benetton vs Lions

  • The Lions have won the only two previous matches against Benetton.
  • Both wins were by eight points or less.

Latest results for both teams

Benneton drew 13-13 with Ulster in their last match while the Lions lost 17-16 to Edinburgh in their last match.


This match is likely to be an exciting affair with both teams looking to run the ball even from deep in their own half. Both teams have dangerous back three players so the out of hand kicking will need to be accurate from both teams. The Lions have dominated in the scrums so far but will be up against a Benetton front row which includes the Argentinian prop Thomas Gallo who had a super World Cup. The visitors will need to cut down on their errors if they are top break their duck. The stronger bench of the home side will see them home by 4 points.

Probable Starting XVs


15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Edoardo Padovani, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Filippo Drago, 11 Ignacio Mendy, 10 Tomas Albornoz, 9 Andy Uren, 8 Lorenzo Cannone, 7 Sebastian Negri, 6 Alessandro Izekor, 5 Eli Snyman (captain), 4 Edoardo Iachizzi, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Giacomo Nicotera, 1 Thomas Gallo.


15 Quan Horn, 14 Richard Kriel, 13 Henco van Wyk, 12 Marius Louw (captain), 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Emmanuel Tsituka, 6 Hanru Sirgel, 5 Darrien-Lane Landsberg, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Morgan Naudé.

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Lions victory are as follows:

Betway 1.44

Gbets 1.45

Hollywoodbets 1.44

Odds comparison on the Zebre handicap:

The complete odds on the Zebre handicap:

Betway 1.90 (+5.5)

Gbets 1.87 (+5.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+5.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are poor returns on the Benetton outright win therefore we suggest backing the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+5.5),Gbets 1.87 (+5.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+5.5)

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