Stormers vs Sale Sharks
The Stormers welcome the Sale Sharks to the Cape Town Stadium for this Champions Cup match. Both sides are desperate for a win as they only have four points after two matches. The loser of this match will almost certainly not qualify for the knockout stages. The Stormers had managed a last gasp victory in their last group match against champions La Rochelle that threw them a lifeline. Sale will be looking to bounce back from their shock home loss to the Bristol Bears last time out. They have struggled in attack this season and don’t seem to have a Plan B when their forwards fail to dominate.
TIP: Sale were flying high but injuries to key players like George Ford and Manu Tuilagi have shown their lack of depth especially in attack. The Stormers also have some injury setbacks but they will be boosted by a partizan home crowd. The match will be decided in the forwards and the Stormers have the edge mainly because of the number of injuries the visitors have. The bookies have the Stormers as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.20, Gbets 1.19 and Hollywoodbets 1.20
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Stormers vs Sale Sharks
- This is the first meeting between the sides.
Latest results for both teams
The Stormers beat the Sharks 16-15 in their last match while Sale Sharks lost 22-14 to Bristol Bears in their last match.
The Stormers have won their last five home matches across all competition and will be looking for a sixth straight win which should put them in a strong position to qualify from the group. The home team will be looking to run the ball at every opportunity as this is when they play their best rugby. If the forwards can lay a good platform for Manie Libbok, then Sale could be in for a long day at the office. Both teams have excellent driving mauls and it will be the team that can better defend the maul that will come out on top. I am predicting a Stormers win by 8 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Damian Willemse, 14 Suleiman Hartzenberg, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Ben-Jason Dixon, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Sti Sithole.
15 Joe Carpenter, 14 Tom Roebuck, 13 Sam James, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Arron Reed, 10 George Ford, 9 Gus Warr, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Ben Curry (captain), 6 Sam Dugdale, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Ben Bamber, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Si McIntyre
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Stormers victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Stormers handicap:
The complete odds on the Stormers handicap:
Betway 1.90 (+11.5)
Gbets 1.87 (+11.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+11.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor returns on the Stormers outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+11.5), Gbets 1.87 (+11.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+11.5)
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