18-02-2023 Daily Predictions United Rugby Championship Lions vs Sharks

Lions vs Sharks

Both these teams will be desperate to bounce back from crushing defeats in their last match. The Lions welcome the Sharks to Emirates Park and will be hoping that the break between matches has revitalized them. The home team are missing a number of players due to injury while the visitors have eight Springbok players out as they are on resting protocols. Despite the number of absent players on both sides, there will still be plenty of talent and experience on the field. The Lions will be looking to the likes of Willem Alberts and Jaco Kriel to guide the younger members of the team.

TIP: The Sharks looked awful in their last match as they were thumped 46-19 at home by the Stormers. They will be determined to prove that they can win without their national players and will be boosted by the return of live wire number 9 Grant Williams and Werner Kok. The Lions will be looking to their forwards to try and dominate the visitors as the Sharks scrum was in reverse mode against the Stormers. The bookies have the Sharks as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.47, Gbets 1.45 and Hollywoodbets 1.48

HEAD TO HEAD STATS

Lions vs Sharks

  • The Sharks have won four of the last five matches between the sides.
  • The Lions have lost their last four home matches against the Sharks.

Latest results for both teams

The Lions lost 43-24 to Connacht in their last match while the Sharks lost 46-19 to the Stormers in their last match.

PREDICTION

The Sharks will have used the last two weeks break to work on both their defence and attack as both areas were woeful in their last outing. The winner of this match will keep alive their hopes of a playoff position although a Sharks loss could still see them sneak into the top eight as they have a game in hand. There will be a number of key battles in this match, none more appetizing than Marius Louw up against Rohan Janse van Rensburg in the midfield. Both these players are playing against their former teams which adds more spice. The player that could be the key to the outcome of the match is the Sharks scrumhalf Williams as his sniping runs and speed could open the Lions defence. We are predicting a Sharks win by 10 points.

Probable Starting XVs

Lions

15 Quan Horn, 14 Rabz Maxwane, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 Marius Louw (c), 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Gianni Lombard, 9 Morne van den Berg, 8 Emmanuel Tshituka, 7 Ruan Venter, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Ruben Schoeman, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Asenathi Ntlabakanye, 2 PJ Botha, 1 JP Smith

Sharks

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Thaakir Abrahams, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Grant Williams, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi (c), 7 Henco Venter, 6 James Venter, 5 Gerbrandt Grobler, 4 Reniel Hugo, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Dan Jooste, 1 Ntuthuko Mchunu

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Sharks victory are as follows:

Betway 1.47

Gbets 1.45

Hollywoodbets 1.48

Odds comparison on the Sharks handicap:

The complete odds on the Sharks handicap:

Betway 1.85 (-5.5)

Gbets 1.88 (-5.5)

Hollywoodbets1.90 (-5.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are poor returns on the Sharks outright win therefore we suggest the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows Betway 1.85 (-5.5), Gbets 1.88 (-5.5) and Hollywoodbets1.90 (-5.5)

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