Cheetahs vs Sharks
The high flying Cheetahs will face off against a Sharks team struggling for form. The home team have won eight from eight so far but have not looked their best in the last couple of matches. There seems to be complacency amongst the team as they have conceded early points and had to come back to win the matches. The Sharks on the other hand have been weak in all aspects and their worst performance was in their last match as they lost at home to the Pumas. They now face an uphill battle to qualify for the semi-final.
TIP: The Cheetahs will be looking for another win to maintain their lead at the top of the log. If they finish the regular season at the top then they will have the semi-final at home and if they reach the final then that will also take place in Bloemfontein. The two players that have been pivotal to the Cheetahs success are Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn. If these players dominate the game then the Sharks will lose. The bookies have the Cheetahs as favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.13, Playabets 1.10 and Sunbet 1.12
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Cheetahs vs Sharks
- In the last four meeting between the sides it is two wins apiece.
- The Cheetahs won the last match between the sides 29-15.
Latest results for both teams
The Cheetahs beat the Lions 35-26 in their last match with the Sharks lost 20-10 to the Pumas in their last match
The Sharks have shown no fluency in attack and most teams find it very easy to defend against them as they show no creativity going forward. The Cheetahs are the opposite to them and score tries from anywhere on the field. They have great attacking players like Cohen Jasper and Rosko Specman who can find their way to the tryline if they are given any space. The Sharks will need flyhalf Boeta Chamberlain to ignite his backline as this has been a problem for them all season. I am predicting a comfortable Cheetahs win by more than 15 points
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Cohen Jasper, 14 Daniel Kasende, 13 David Brits, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Siyabonga Masuku, 9 Ruan Pienaar (captain), 8 Mihlali Mosi, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Victor Sekekete, 4 Aidon Davis, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Marnus van der Merwe, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Nevaldo Fleurs, 14 Marnus Potgieter, 13 Jeremy Ward (captain), 12 Murray Koster, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Mpilo Gumede, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Dylan Richardson, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Emile van Heerden, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Fezokuhle Mbatha, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Cheetahs victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Cheetahs handicap :
The complete odds on the Cheetahs handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (-14.5) 1.91
Sunbet (-14.5) 1.89
Playabets (-14.5) 1.81
Predictions and Odds in details
The Cheetahs certainly have the advantage amongst the forwards and will again look to their rolling maul to bring them tries. No team has been able to stop the Cheetahs maul and for the Sharks to have any chance of victory they will need a great defence against the maul. The Sharks also have a good maul but it remains to be seen if they can get it going. There are poor odds on the Cheetah outright win therefore we suggest the home team on the handicap for better returns. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-14.5) 1.91, Sunbet (-14.5) 1.89 and Playabets (-14.5) 1.81
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