Cardiff vs Toulouse
Cardiff rugby is in turmoil after a large part of their touring squad to South Africa tested positive for Covid. The remaining squad members from that trip are in isolation so they have picked only a few regulars but have also picked academy players for this match. Champions Toulouse have no such problems and have named a full strength team and this will be a David vs Goliath contest. Toulouse will win this match, its just a matter of what the scoreline will read.
TIP: The Toulouse team is filled with international stars while the Welsh team have only six regular team players. This will be baptism of fire for the new players but they will have to stick to their plans and hope the French team have a rare off day. The champions have retained the bulk of the squad that won the title last season with just Cheslin Kolbe who has moved to Toulon. The Bookies for obvious reason have the French team as heavy favourites and rightly so. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.01, Playabets 1.01
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Cardiff vs Toulouse
- In the previous five meetings Toulouse have only won once.
- Cardiff have won the three previous matches at home.
- The last time they met was in 2018 and Cardiff won 18-13.
Latest results for both teams
Cardiff won their last match 31-29 against the Dragons while Toulouse lost 17-7 to Bordeaux Bègles.
The Toulouse team have arguably the best halfback combination in the world with Romain Ntamack and Antoine Dupont. These players have a great backline that will score tries at will and against a very inexperienced Cardiff team you can expect them to run riot. Cardiff do have an international midfield pair in Josh Adams and Willis Halaholo but they cannot defend all game. The set piece will be dominated by Toulouse so the Welsh team will do well to avoid any errors that will require set pieces. Toulouse to cruise to a huge win by 35 points.
15 Jacob Beetham, 14 Theo Cabango, 13 Josh Adams, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Dan Fish, 10 Jason Tovey, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 James Botham, 7 Olly Robinson, 6 Ellis Jenkins (c), 5 Seb Davies, 4 Alun Lawrence, 3 Will Davies-King, 2 Iestyn Harris, 1 Rowan Jenkins
15 Maxime Médard, 14 Arthur Bonneval, 13 Sofiane Guitoune, 12 Pita Ahki, 11 Matthis Lebel, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont (c), 8 Selevasio Tolofua, 7 Anthony Jelonch, 6 Francois Cros, 5 Emmanuel Meafou, 4 Thibaud Flament, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 1 Cyril Baille
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Toulouse victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Toulouse handicap victory :
The complete odds on the Toulouse handicap victory:
Worldsportsbetting (-1.5) 1.90
Playabets (-31.5) 1.90
Predictions and Odds in details
The biggest disadvantage for Cardiff will be the scrums and the rolling mauls. Toulouse have got an international front row while the Cardiff front row are youngsters from the academy. The French team are past masters at the rolling maul and you can expect them to score many tries through this avenue. The bookies are offering nothing on the outright Toulouse win but the value bet is the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-1.5) 1.90 and Playabets (-31.5) 1.90
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