Cheetahs vs Bulls
The Cheetahs welcome the Bulls to Bloemfontein for this Currie Cup semi-final. This is a rematch of last week’s encounter in which the Cheetahs won by four points thanks in the main to a red card that Bulls number eight Elrich Louw received. The good news for the visitors is that the red card has been rescinded and he is available for this match.
The Cheetahs have regained their form at the right time, winning their last two matches to reclaim the top spot on the log. If they can win this match, the added incentive for them is that they will host the final.
TIP: The Cheetahs will take a lot of heart from the fact that they defeated the Bulls away from home without their talismatic Captain Ruan Pienaar who missed the match because of personal reasons. The good news is that he is back while the Bulls will be glad that Louw is also available for them. The poor performance of Morne Steyn in the last match will see Chris Smith return to take over the flyhalf duties. The bookies have the Bulls as favourites but I’m tipping the Cheetahs for the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 2.55, Gbets 2.55 and Hollywoodbets 2.50
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Cheetahs vs Bulls
- The Cheetahs have won their last four matches against the Bulls.
- The Cheetahs have won seven of their last eight home matches against the Bulls.
Latest results for both teams
The Cheetahs beat the Bulls 31-27 in their last match.
The Cheetahs have played to a different game plan this season compared to previous seasons. They were famous for running the ball from anywhere on the field but now they are kicking more and backing their defence to keep the opposition at bay. The form of flyhalf Siya Masuku in the last match was excellent and if he can repeat the performance, then the home team will win. The Bulls team is stacked with their URC players and their experience will give them the advantage especially if the match is a tight one. The return of Pienaar and home ground advantage makes me predict a Cheetahs win by three points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Johan Goosen, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 Chris Barend Smit, 11 David Kriel, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marcell Coetzee (captain), 5 Janko Swanepoel, 4 Ruan Vermaak, 3 Francois Klopper, 2 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.
15 Tapiwa Mafura, 14 Daniel Kasende, 13 David Brits, 12 Reinhardt Fortuin, 11 Cohen Jasper, 10 Sibabalo Masuku, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Friedle Olivier, 7 Sibabalo Qoma, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Victor Sekekete (captain), 4 Rynier Bernardo, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Marnus van der Merwe, 1 Schalk Ferreira
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:
Betway 1.90 (+3.5)
Gbets 1.87 (+3.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+3.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are great returns on the Cheetahs 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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