Sharks vs Bordeaux
The Sharks have selected a Springbok laden team for their match with Bordeaux. The home team are looking to complete the double over the French outfit after recording a win in the reverse fixture. The Sharks will be skippered by national team captain Siya Kolisi and boast a forward pack that could rival any international team. The visitors will be facing an all Springbok front row in the scrums and if they are to cause an upset, their front row will need to find a way to at least gain parity in the scrums.
TIP: The Sharks have started their inaugural venture in the European competition with two wins which puts them in an excellent position to qualify for the knockout stages. Bordeaux on the other hand have lost their opening two games and another loss in this match will surely their end their campaign in the group stages. The bookies have the Sharks as favourites and I am also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.10, Playabets 1.11 and Sunbet 1.12
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Sharks vs Bordeaux
- These teams have only met once before with the Sharks winning that encounter.
Latest results for both teams
The Sharks lost 24-12 to Connacht in their last match while Bordeaux beat Bayonne 23-15 in their last match
The Sharks have looked a different side under the coaching of Neil Powell and look to be finally fulfilling their potential. They did however lose their last match but it will not worry them as they send a B team to Ireland. They will be looking for nothing less than a bonus point victory against a Bordeaux team missing their talisman Mathieu Jalibert. The Sharks have shown a sharp attacking side to their game under Powell and will look to their powerful pack to lay the platform for Curwin Bosch to unleash the dangerous backs headed by last season’s World Player of the year nominee Lukhanyo Am. The Sharks seem to have the edge in all departments therefore I am predicting a home win by 20 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Boeta Chamberlain, 14 Marnus Potgieter, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Gerbrandt Grobler, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche
15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Geoffrey Cros, 13 Tani Vili, 12 Yoram Falatea-Moefana, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Matéo Garcia, 9 Maxime Lucu (c), 8 Caleb Timu, 7 Corentin Coularis, 6 Renato Giammarioli, 5 Alban Roussel, 4 Thomas Jolmes, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Clement Maynadier, 1 Christopher Vaotoa
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Sharks victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Sharks handicap:
The complete odds on the Sharks handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (-15.5) 1.90
Sunbet (-15.5) 1.89
Playabets (-15.5) 1.84
Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor returns of the Clermont outright victory therefore we suggest the home side on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-15.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-15.5) 1.89 and Playabets (-15.5) 1.84
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