17-11-2023 Daily Predictions United Rugby Championship Edinburgh vs Bulls

Edinburgh vs Bulls

Edinburgh welcomes the Bulls to the DAM Health Stadium for this match in the URC. Both teams come into this match with wins in their last outing. The home team needed a last-minute Ben Healy drop goal to secure a 25-22 victory over Connacht while the Bulls earned an equally hard fought 18-12 win over Cardiff. The visitors currently top the log with 15 points, having won three of their four matches. Edinburgh have the same record but only have 12 points as they have failed to pick up bonus points in any of their matches.

TIP: Edinburgh have recalled most of their international players so they will be at full strength while the Bulls Springboks are still on their rest period. The visitors did however rest many of their first team players in the last match with the likes of Johan Goosen and Marcell Coetzee due to make a return. The home side will be looking for a full 80 minute performance as they have often taken the lead and let teams back into the game. The bookies have Edinburgh as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.70, Gbets 1.70 and Hollywoodbets 1.71

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

Edinburgh vs Bulls

  • These sides have played each other twice before with one win apiece.
  • The home side have won both the previous encounters.

Latest results for both teams

Edinburgh beat Connacht 25-22 in their last match while the Bulls saw off Cardiff 18-12 in their last match.

PREDICTION

There are plenty of mouthwatering head to head clashes but the scrum battle will be the highlight of the match. The Bulls struggled last season in the scrums but the shrewd acquisition of Wilco Louw and Akker van der Merwe in the off season has seen them improve drastically in this area. They will be up against the likes of Ewan Ashman and Pierre Schoeman in the front row. Both teams have shown that they are willing to run the ball from deep in their own half although that is high risk rugby. I am predicting Edinburgh to win a close match by 5 points.

Probable Starting XVs

Edinburgh

15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 James Lang, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Ben Healy, 9 Charlie Shiel, 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Connor Boyle, 6 Tom Dodd, 5 Grant Gilchrist (captain), 4 Glen Young, 3 Javan Sebastian, 2 Ewan Ashman, 1 Pierre Schoeman

Bulls  

15 Devon Williams 14 Sebastian de Klerk, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 David Kriel, 11 Sergeal Petersen, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Isak Burger, 8 Cameron Hanekom, 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marcell Coetzee (co-captain), 5 Ruan Nortje (co-captain), 4 Janko Swanepoel, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Simphiwe Matanzima

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Edinburgh victory are as follows:

Betway 1.70

Gbets 1.70

Hollywoodbets 1.71

Odds comparison on the Edinburgh handicap:

The complete odds on the Edinburgh handicap:

Betway 1.90 (-2.5)

Gbets 1.87 (-2.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-2.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are decent returns on the Edinburgh outright win but for better odds we suggest the home side 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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