13-08-2023 Daily Prediction Bunnings NPC Southland vs Northland

Southland vs Northland

Southland play their second consecutive home match as they welcome Northland to Invercargill. The home team will be looking for a better result this time out in front of their loyal fans as they lost 29-21 to Waikato last weekend. The visitors have had a nightmare start to the season as they were thrashed 44-11 at home in their first match and then lost a midweek home game 28-13 to Taranaki. It is still early days in the season but these two teams look like they will be fighting to avoid the wooden spoon.

TIP: Southland will be looking for a better start in this match as they left themselves to much to do in the second half against Waikato. They trailed 26-11 at the break and will take heart with the performance of their replacements in the second half. Northland are bound to make a host of changes, as this is their third match in seven days. They will need more from their pack as they failed to deliver in both matches. The bookies have Northlands as favourites but I’m tipping Southlands for the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 2.30, Gbets 2.35 and Hollywoodbets 2.35

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

Southland vs Northland

  • Northlands have won four of the last five matches between these teams.
  • The home team has only lost once in the last five matches between these sides.

Latest results for both teams

Southlands lost 29-21 to Waikato in their first match while Northlands lost 28-13 to Taranaki in their last match.

PREDICTION

The home team have been heavily favoured in this fixture over the years therefore the visitors will need to improve dramatically if they are to win this match. Northland will need to show more cutting edge in attack as they only seem to keep the ball among their forwards.  They will need the likes of Sevens star Brody Rush to show his speed when given space. He will also need to be better disciplined as he was given a yellow card in both the matches he has played. Southland will rely heavily on their driving maul so the visitors must avoid giving away unnecessary penalties. I am predicting a home win by 5 points.  

Probable Starting XVs

Southlands

Northlands

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Southlands victory are as follows:

Betway 2.30

Gbets 2.35

Hollywoodbets 2.35

Odds comparison on the Southlands handicap:

The complete odds on the Southlands handicap:

Betway 1.90 (+2.5)

Gbets 1.87 (+2.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+2.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are great returns on the Southlands upset win but if you looking for a safety bet then I suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+2.5), Gbets 1.87 (+2.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+2.5)

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