Edinburgh vs Connacht
Edinburgh welcomes Connacht to the DAM Health Stadium for this fixture in the URC. The home team will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Leinster in the last match. They will be disappointed with their showing as they had plenty of possession but failed to convert it into points. Connacht have no such problems as they are the early season leaders with three wins although they have played all their matches at home so far. They were pushed all the way in their last match before finally seeing of Ulster 22-20 to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
TIP: Edinburgh were one of the first teams to include their World Cup stars in their matchday squad but it was to no use as they lost to a second-string Leinster team. They will be looking for more from the likes of Blair Kinghorn and Duhan van der Merwe. Connacht can expect to be tested from the first whistle and cannot rely on the home support to get them over the line. They will be hoping that their Irish internationals Bundee Aki and Mack Hansen are available for this match. The bookies have Edinburgh as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.30, Gbets 1.30 and Hollywoodbets 1.30
Edinburgh vs Connacht
- Edinburgh have won three of the last five matches between these sides.
- The last two matches between the sides have been won by the home side.
Latest results for both teams
Edinburgh lost 36-27 to Leinster in their last match while Connacht beat Ulster 22-20 in their last match.
Edinburgh have one of the most attacking teams on paper but for some reason they struggle to turn points into possession. They had hoped that the signing of Ben Healy will improve their attack but that has not happened so far. Connacht are also a possession-based team so it will be an interesting to see which team has the cutting edge to get over the line. The home side need to get the ball to Duhan van der Merwe more often as he almost always makes meters and beats the first defender. The match will be decided in the forwards and this is an area Edinburgh have the edge. I am predicting an Edinburgh win by more than 10 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Matt Currie, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Ben Healy, 9 Charlie Shiel, 8 Luke Crosbie, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Tom Dodd, 5 Grant Gilchrist (captain), 4 Glen Young, 3 WP Nel, 2 Dave Cherry, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Byron Ralston, 13 Tom Farrell, 12 Cathal Forde, 11 Diarmuid Kilgallen, 10 Jack Carty (captain), 9 Caolin Blade, 8 Cian Prendergast, 7 Conor Oliver, 6 Shamus Hurley-Langton, 5 Joe Joyce, 4 Oisín Dowling, 3 Jack Aungier, 2 Dylan Tierney-Martin, 1 Denis Buckley
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Edinburgh victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Edinburgh handicap:
The complete odds on the Edinburgh handicap:
Betway 1.90 (-8.5)
Gbets 1.87 (-8.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-8.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are only decent returns on the Edinburgh outright win therefore we suggest backing them on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-8.5), Gbets 1.87 (-8.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-8.5)
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