Lions vs Munster
This is the first ever meeting between these sides with the Lions coming off a win in their last match while Munster had a loss against the Bulls in their last match. The visitors are still flying high on the table despite the loss and currently occupy third position while the Lions after their win are still in 14th position. The Lions picked up just their third win of the campaign and looked in great form during the match. The return of Jordan Hendrikse to the flyhalf position was the catalyst for the Lions victory.
TIP: Munster were unlucky to lose their last match against the Bulls as they were down 25-3 in the match but an incredible comeback in the second half almost gave them an unlikely victory. The scrum battle in this matches promises to be another brutal affair and surprisingly the Lions failed to dominate Cardiff in this area in the last match. The bookies have the Lions as favourites but I tip Munster for the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 2.05, Playabets 2.08 and Sunbet 2.07.
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Lions vs Munster
- This is the first meeting between these teams.
Latest results for both teams
The Lions beat Cardiff 37-20 in their last match while Munster lost 29-24 to the Bulls in their last match.
The Lions are famous for their running game but this season they seem more intend on playing a more structured game while the opposite could be said of Munster who seem more willing to run the ball. The biggest news coming from the Munster camp is the inclusion of World Cup winner Damian de Allende. The Springbok will be up against some of his old team mates but his battle with opposite number Burger Odendaal promises to be one of the highlights of the match. Munster will be too strong for the Lions therefore I am predicting an away win by 7 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Quan Horn, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal (c), 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 Morne van den Berg, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Sibusiso Sangweni, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sti Sithole
15 Mike Haley, 14 Calvin Nash, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Shane Daly, 10 Jack Crowley, 9 Neil Cronin, 8 Alex Kendellen, 7 John Hodnett, 6 Jack O’Donoghue (c), 5 Fineen Wycherley, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Josh Wycherley
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Munster victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Munster handicap :
The complete odds on the Munster handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (+2.5) 1.70
Sunbet (+2.5) 1.68
Playabets (+2.5) 1.81
Predictions and Odds in details
Both teams fancy the driving maul and it will be interesting to see which team gets the upper hand in this department. The Lions have the bigger pack and will once again rely on the massive boot of Hendrikse to get them playing in the right areas of the field. Munster have exciting players like Mike Haley and de Allende so the kicking of the Lions needs to be accurate. There are great odds on the Munster upset victory but if you are looking for a safer bet then I suggest that you back the away team on the generous handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+2.5) 1.70, Sunbet (+2.5) 1.68 and Playabets (+2.5) 1.81
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