11-11-2023 Daily Predictions United Rugby Championship Scarlets vs Lions

Scarlets vs Lions

Scarlets welcome the winless Lions to the Parc y Scarlets for this crucial URC fixture. The home team will be delighted with their performance in the last round as they picked up their first win of the season in beating Cardiff 31-25. It was a tough start to the season as they suffered two huge defeats to the Bulls and the Stormers. The Lions have lost their opening three matches but all the losses were by five points or less. They will be desperate to get over the line in this match and claim their first win.

TIP: It is expected that the Scarlets will be looking to get back all their World Cup stars in this match while the Lions will show faith in the team that suffered the narrow losses. The home team were sparked into action by their livewire nine Gareth Davies who gave them their first win. His battle with opposite number Sanele Nohamba will be one of the highlights of the match. The Lions seem to have the better forwards but the home team have the more dangerous backline. The bookies have the Scarlets 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 1.31

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

Scarlets vs Lions

  • These teams have met twice before with each side winning once.
  • Both matches were won by the home side.

Latest results for both teams

Scarlets beat Cardiff 31-25 in their last match while the Lions lost 15-10 to Benetton in their last match.  

PREDICTION

The Scarlets are the most exciting of the Welsh teams as they look to run the ball from anywhere on the pitch. The Lions need to dominate the forward exchanges and prevent the home team from getting a platform to attack. The visitors have plenty of dangerous players in their team, led by Captain Marius Louw who has proven very difficult to stop. New recruit Ioan Lloyd was superb for the Scarlets in the last match as the flyhalf controlled the game and had a 100% kicking record. The Lions must find a way to turn possession into points otherwise they will be staring down another defeat. I am predicting a Scarlets win by 4 points.

Probable Starting XVs

Scarlets

15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Ioan Nicholas, 13 Joe Roberts, 12 Eddie James, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Ioan Lloyd, 9 Gareth Davies (captain), 8 Vaea Fifita, 7 Teddy Leatherbarrow, 6 Ben Williams, 5 Jac Price, 4 Alex Craig, 3 Sam Wainwright, 2 Shaun Evans, 1 Kemsley Mathias.

Lions

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 Ruan Venter, 6 Emmanuel Tshituka, 5 Darrien-Lane Landsberg, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Corne Fourie

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Scarlets victory are as follows:

Betway 1.30

Gbets 1.30

Hollywoodbets 1.31

Odds comparison on the Lions handicap:

The complete odds on the Lions handicap:

Betway 1.90 (+8.5)

Gbets 1.87 (+8.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+8.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are poor returns on the Scarlets outright win therefore we suggest backing the away team 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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