Leicester vs Stormers
Leicester welcome the Stormers to Welford Road for this opening round fixture in the Champions Cup. The home side warmed up for this match with an impressive 47-3 victory over the Newcastle Falcons while the visitors also recorded an easy 31-7 win over Zebre last time out. Leicester will be looking for a bonus point win especially after the Stormers management decided to send a second-string team for this match. One player that will be under immense pressure will be Jurie Matthee as the young flyhalf comes up against World Cup hero Handre Pollard as it will be a baptism of fire.
TIP: The Tigers have a fully loaded squad for this match with Julian Montoya leading the team for battle while the Stormers have chosen experience prop Brok Harris as the skipper. The home sides biggest enemy in this match will be complacency as they face a weakened Stormers team that includes some players making their first start of the season. The Tigers will want to dominate in the forwards before unleashing their dangerous backs. The bookies have Leicester as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.07, Gbets 1.07 and Hollywoodbets 1.07
Leicester vs Stormers
- This is the first ever meeting between the sides.
Latest results for both teams
Leicester beat Newcastle 47-3 in their last match while the Stormers beat Zebre 31-7 in their last match.
There could be not be more of a contrast in the way two teams play than in this match. The Tigers will be looking to Pollard and Ben Youngs to launch up and unders so that their pin the visitors in their own half. The Stormers are at their best when they run the ball but sadly when they play away from home, they sometimes go into their shell. The match will be decided in the forwards and this is an area that the home team have a significant advantage. They will use their dangerous maul at every opportunity therefore the Stormers will need to remain disciplined especially in their own half. I am predicting a home win by more than 20 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Freddie Steward, 14 Josh Bassett, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Solomone Kata, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Tommy Reffell, 6 Hanro Liebenberg, 5 Cameron Henderson, 4 Ollie Chessum, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Julián Montoya (c), 1 Francois van Wyk
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Suleiman Hartzenberg, 12 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 11 Ben Loader, 10 Jurie Matthee, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Keke Morabe, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Nama Xaba, 5 Connor Evans, 4 Hendre Stassen, 3 Brok Harris (c), 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Sti Sithole
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Leicester victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Leicester handicap:
The complete odds on the Leicester handicap:
Betway 1.90 (-17.5)
Gbets 1.87 (-17.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-17.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are decent odds on the Connacht outright win but if you are looking for better odds then we suggest backing the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-17.5), Gbets 1.87 (-17.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-17.5)
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