Cardiff vs Harlequins
Cardiff will be almost at full strength in the Champions Cup for the first time this season. They desperately need a win or they are out in the league stage for another season. They have lost their first two matches albeit with very weakened sides due to Covid disruptions. Harlequins are top of the table with two wins from two with one win coming against Cardiff. The Welsh team has selected their strongest team with many international players while Harlequins have rested their star 12 Andre Esterhuizen. He will be sorely missed as he has been Man Of The Match in the last three matches.
TIP: It’s strange that Quins have rested Esterhuizen in this crucial match and they will hope it does not come back to haunt them. Cardiff have star winger Josh Adams back in the team and they will want him back to his best as he has been far from his best this season. Both these teams love throwing the ball around so we should be in for an exciting match. The bookies have the Quins as favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.40, Playabets 1.38 and Sunbet 1.30
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Cardiff vs Harlequins
- The six matches between these teams have seen each team win three matches.
- Harlequins have won the last three matches between the sides.
- Cardiff lost their last home match against Harlequins.
- Latest results for both teams
Cardiff lost their last match against Edinburgh 34-10 while Harlequins beat Exeter Chiefs 14-12 in their last match.
The one Quins player that will want a much improved performance from last week will be Tyrone Green who had his worst game in a Quins jersey. He butchered two certain tries with wayward passes and just looked off his game. The Cardiff team will no doubt be aware that they face one of the strongest scrums in Europe and for them to have any chance in this match they will need their front row to stand up to Quins. There is too much of firepower in the visitors team therefore I’m going for a Quins win by 12 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Hallam Amos, 14 Owen Lane, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Uilisi Halaholo, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 James Ratti, 7 Ellis Jenkins, 6 Shane Lewis-Hughes, 5 Seb Davies, 4 Josh Turnbull (c), 3 Dmitri Arhip, 2 Kirby Myhill, 1 Rhys Carré
15 Tyrone Green, 14 Louis Lynagh, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Luke Northmore, 11 Cadan Murley, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care, 8 Alex Dombrandt (c), 7 Tom Lawday, 6 James Chisholm, 5 Dino Lamb, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Will Collier, 2 Jack Walker, 1 Joe Marler
- Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Harlequins victory are as follows:
- Odds comparison on the Harlequins handicap :
The complete odds on the Harlequins handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (-7.5) 1.90
Sunbet (-7.5) 1.88
Playabets (-6.5) 1.80
- Predictions and Odds in details
The Quins team showed when they won the Premiership last season that they back themselves to play the fast faced high tempo game and they certainly have the players for this type of rugby. The man that is responsible for everything in attack is Marcus Smith and if he is given time on the ball then he will win the game for Quins. The bookies are offering poor returns on the Quins outright win therefore I suggest them on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-7.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-7.5) 1.88 and Playabets (-6.5) 1.80
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