Chiefs vs Reds
The table topping Chiefs welcome the Reds to the Hamilton in this Super Rugby quarter final encounter. The home side comfortably topped the log after the league phase losing just once while the Reds scraped into the playoffs in eighth place. The Chiefs will be looking for revenge as their only defeat this season was against their opponents in this match.
They did however field a weakened team in that match and will definitely not be complacent heading into this encounter. The visitors were thrashed 41-17 in their last match and will need a major improvement just to be competitive in this game.
TIP: The Chiefs made 11 changes in their last match and still easily beat a full strength Force team in Perth. They have recalled all their big guns for this knockout match and will be going all out to avenge the defeat from the league phase. The Reds have made a massive decision at flyhalf by naming youngster Tom Lynagh in the pivot position for this crucial match and have moved the experienced James O’Connor to inside centre. The bookies have the Chiefs as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.05, Gbets 1.05 and Hollywoodbets 1.06
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Chiefs vs Reds
- The last four matches between these sides have seen two wins apiece.
- The Chiefs were beaten at home the last time the Reds visited them.
Latest results for both teams
The Chiefs beat the Force 43-19 in their last match while the Reds were beaten 41-17 by the Fijian Drua in their last match.
Despite the Chiefs losing to the Reds the last time the teams met, the home team will start as overwhelming favourites and rightly so. They have dangerous attackers all across the field and they have arguably the strongest forward pack in the competition with All Blacks Sam Cane, Brodie Retallick and Samisoni Taukei’aho all returning to the pack. The most impressive part of the Chiefs team has been their miserly defence and the Reds will need to be at their best to breach the home team’s defence. The overall class of the Chiefs team makes it difficult to predict anything other than a home win by more than 20 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Emoni Narawa, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Rameka Poihipi, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (cc), 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Sam Cane (cc), 6 Samipeni Finau, 5 Josh Lord, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 John Ryan, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross
15 Jock Campbell, 14 Suliasi Vunivalu, 13 Filipo Daugunu, 12 James O’Connor, 11 Josh Flook, 10 Tom Lynagh, 9 Tate McDermott (c), 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Seru Uru, 5 Ryan Smith, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Sef Fa’agase, 2 Matt Faessler, 1 Peni Ravai
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Chiefs victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Chiefs handicap:
The complete odds on the Chiefs handicap:
Betway 1.90 (-19.5)
Gbets 1.87 (-19.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-19.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor returns on the Chiefs outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-19.5), Gbets 1.87 (-19.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-19.5)
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