08-01-2022 Daily Predictions United Rugby Championship Edinburgh vs Cardiff

Edinburgh vs Cardiff

Edinburgh have been flying high this season and find themselves in 2nd position with 28 points while Cardiff are down in 10th spot with 14 points but they do have two games in hand. Cardiff for the first time in almost a month are fielding a side near to full strength as their team was plagued with Covid infections. The Edinburgh team will be boosted by the fact that they beat Saracens away in their last match. Cardiff need a victory to sustain any realistic chances of making the playoffs while Edinburgh know that a win will solidify their place in the top four.

TIP: Edinburgh have all their big forwards available for this clash and they will want to dominate up front. Cardiff enjoy playing the game at high tempo and they have the personnel for that style of play. We could see a very exciting game as Edinburgh will also be keen to throw the ball around. The battle between the two sets of loose trios could well decide the match. The bookies have Edinburgh as favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows:  Worldsportsbetting 1.22, Playabets 1.23 and Sunbet 1.24

HEAD TO HEAD STATS

Edinburgh vs Cardiff

  • Edinburgh have won three of the last five matches between these sides.
  • The home team has won the last three matches in this fixture.
  • Cardiff last won away to Edinburgh in 2019.

Latest results for both teams

Edinburgh beat Saracens 21-18 in their last match while Cardiff lost 43-17 to Harlequins.

PREDICTION

Cardiff will know that their best chance of causing an upset rests with them playing their free flowing game and avoiding too many set pieces as Edinburgh seem to have the edge at scrum time with an all international front row. Edinburgh also have their own array of attacking backline stars led by Blair Kinghorn at ten and it will be interesting to see how the battle between him and opposite number Rhys Priestland unfolds. Cardiff will look to their international midfield combination to create attacking impetus so that their wingers can flourish. Edinburgh should come away with a way win by less than 10 points.

  • Probable Starting XVs

Edinburgh

15 Henry Immelman, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 James Lang, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Blair Kinghorn, 9 Ben Vellacott, 8 Magnus Bradbury, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 5 Grant Gilchrist (c), 4 Jamie Hodgson, 3 WP Nel, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Pierre Schoeman

Cardiff

15 Matthew Morgan, 14 Owen Lane, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Jason Harries, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 James Botham, 7 Will Boyde, 6 Josh Turnbull (c), 5 Rory Thornton, 4 Seb Davies, 3 Dmitri Arhip, 2 Kirby Myhill, 1 Rhys Carré

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Edinburgh victory are as follows:

Worldsportsbetting 1.22

Playabets 1.23

Sunbet 1.24

Odds comparison on the Cardiff handicap   :

The complete odds on the Cardiff handicap:

Worldsportsbetting (+9.5) 1.90

Sunbet (+9.5) 1.84

Playabets (+9.5) 1.94

Predictions and Odds in details

It is still early in the season but another loss for Cardiff could rule them out of the playoffs for another year. Players like Willis Halaholo and Owen Lane need to step up and show why they are Welsh internationals. Edinburgh will look to Hamish Watson to replicate his form of last season as he hasn’t hit the heights of last season. The bookies are offering poor returns on the Edinburgh outright win therefore I suggest a value bet of Cardiff on the generous handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+9.5) 1.90, Sunbet (+9.5) 1.84 and Playabets (+9.5) 1.94

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