Pumas vs Cheetahs
The Pumas play host to the Cheetahs in this Currie Cup match. The Pumas were thumped 41-20 by the Griquas in their last match while the Cheetahs had an excellent away win over the Bulls team. The Cheetahs showed that they are going to be a force to be reckoned with as they have one of the strongest squads to choose from as they are not involved in the URC competition. The Pumas need to have more consistency in their game as they struggle to play two good games in a row.
TIP: The Cheetahs have an experienced team that includes Springboks Frans Steyn and Ruan Pienaar but it is Rosko Specman that is the most dangerous player in the team. The Blitzbok is deadly if given any space and the Pumas will need to watch him closely or this match could be over very early. 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 1.33, Playabets 1.28 and Sunbet 1.32
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Pumas vs Cheetahs
- Cheetahs have won three of the last five matches between these sides.
- Pumas have won their last two home matches against the Cheetahs.
- The home team has won the last three matches between the sides
Latest results for both teams
The Pumas lost to the Griquas 41-20 in their last match while the Cheetahs beat the Bulls 38-25 in their last match.
The Cheetahs only know one way to play and that is to attack from anywhere on the field. They certainly have great attacking players in Clayton Blommetjies and Specman but all this is not possible unless the Cheetahs pack can gain dominance. The Pumas are a set piece orientated team and will try and slow the ball down. They do have their own great attacking players none more so than Devon Williams and his battle with Blommetjies will be one of the highlights in the match. I am predicting the Cheetahs to win by more than 8 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Devon Williams, 14 Sihle Njezula, 13 Alwayno Visagie, 12 Aliqhayiya Mgijima, 11 Jade Stighling, 10 Eddie Fouche, 9 Lucky Dlepu, 8 Willie Engelbrecht (captain), 7 Phumzile Maqondwana, 6 Daniel Maartens, 5 Shane Kirkwood, 4 Malembe Mpofu, 3 Simon Raw, 2 Eduan Swart, 1 Ruan Kramer.
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Daniel Kasende, 13 David Brits, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Siya Masuku, 9 Ruan Pienaar (Captain), 8 Mihlali Mosi, 7 Andisa Ntsila, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Victor Sekekete, 4 Aidon Davis, 3 Marne Coetzee, 2 Louis van der Westhuizen, 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:
Worldsportsbetting (-7.5) 1.90
Sunbet (-8.5) 1.82
Playabets (-8.5) 1.90
Predictions and Odds in details
The Pumas pride themselves on their rolling maul and score most of their tries from this avenue so if the Cheetahs can defend the maul they are well on their way to victory. The Cheetahs have a new flyhalf this season in Siya Masuku and in the last match he was brilliant. He will be looking for a repeat performance to get his team over the line. There are decent odds on the Cheetahs win but we suggest the away team on the handicap for better returns. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-7.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-8.5) 1.82 and Playabets (-8.5) 1.90
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