16-12-2023 Daily Predictions European Champions Cup Lyon vs Bulls

Lyon vs Bulls

Lyon welcomes the Bulls the Matmut Stadium for this Champions Cup match. The home side will want to open their account with a win after they lost a heart-breaking match to Bristol last week. They had made an amazing comeback in the match and took the lead with just a minute to go. They unfortunately could not hold on for the win as a late Callum Sheedy drop goal sealed the win for the English side. The Bulls had no such problems as they easily overcame English champions Saracens. They will however feel aggrieved that they failed to secure a bonus point for scoring four tries.

TIP: Lyon can be very proud of their efforts in the first match as they left a number of first team players at home and still managed to pick up a couple of bonus points. They will be stronger in this match while the Bulls could decide to rest a few of their key players. One of the key duels in this match will see Fijian superstar Semi Radradra face up to young star David Kriel who has been on fire this season. The bookies have Lyon as favorites but I’m tipping the Bulls for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 4.00, Gbets 3.95 and Hollywoodbets 4.00

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

Lyon vs Bulls

  • There have been two previous matches between the sides with one win apiece.
  • The home side has won the previous two encounters.

Latest results for both teams

Lyon lost 36-34 to Bristol in their last match while the Bulls beat Saracens 27-16 in their last match.  

PREDICTION

Bulls will be weary of their last visit to Lyon when they were thrashed 31-7 in front of a partisan home crowd. They will want to start the match on a high as coming from behind at the Matmut Stadium is almost impossible for visiting teams. Lyon on the other hand will want to dominate the physical exchanges as the Bulls biggest weapon is their huge pack. The visitors have one of the best scrums in Europe this season after the acquisition of Wilco Louw and Akker van der Merwe. They will be tested by the Lyon front row by the likes of Sébastien Taofifenua and Paulo Tafili. If the Bulls can win the physical battle, then I predict an away win by three points.

Probable Starting XVs

Lyon

15 Thaakir Abrahams, 14 Ethan Dumortier, 13 Alfred Parisien, 12 Semi Radradra, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 Martin Page-Relo, 8 Mickael Guillard, 7 Pierre-Samuel Pacheco, 6 Marvin Okuya, 5 Killian Geraci, 4 Joel Kpoku, 3 Paulo Tafili, 2 Yanis Charcosset, 1 Sébastien Taofifenua

Bulls

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 David Kriel, 11 Canan Moodie, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Cameron Hanekom, 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Reinhardt Ludwig, 4 Janko Swanepoel, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Bulls victory are as follows:

Betway 4.00

Gbets 3.95

Hollywoodbets 4.00

Odds comparison on the Bulls handicap:

The complete odds on the Bulls handicap:

Betway 1.90 (+7.5)

Gbets 1.87 (+7.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+7.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are great odds on the Bulls upset win but if you looking for a safety bet, then we suggest the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+7.5), Gbets 1.87 (+7.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+7.5)

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