20-04-2024 Daily Predictions United Rugby Championship Bulls vs Munster

Bulls vs Munster  

Third placed Bulls play host to fourth placed Munster in this enthralling URC encounter. In a strange twist of fate both these teams last matches were against the Northampton Saints.  Munster were beaten in the round of 16 of the Champions Cup while the Bulls were eliminated in the quarter finals. The latter sent a weakened team as they targeted this match in their quest for a home playoff berth. Munster have selected a full-strength team for this match with internationals scattered across the team. They will need to be at their best as the home team are very difficult to beat at their fortress Loftus Versfeld.

TIP: The Bulls are famous for their powerful packs and this match will be no different as they have selected a huge pack despite Marcell Coetzee being out injured. Munster will need to find a way to get least gain parity up front or they risk the Bulls backs running wild on the back of their pack. The biggest problem for the visitors has been their lack of cutting edge in attack but the inclusion of Simon Zebo should help in this regard. The bookies have the Bulls as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.22, Gbets 1.22 and Hollywoodbets 1.23

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

Bulls vs Munster

  • Munster have won two of the three previous matches between the sides.
  • All three matches have been won by the home team.

Latest results for both teams

The Bulls lost 59-22 to the Saints in their last match while Munster were beaten 24-14 by Saints in their last match.

PREDICTION

Munster will need to pace themselves in this match as too much of a running game could see them battle with the altitude in the last quarter. Their kicking game must be pin point accurate as the attacking threats of Canan Moodie and Kurt-Lee Arendse loom large. The home team have started matches at a breath neck speed but have allowed teams back in the contest in the second half. They will be well advised to put in a 80 minute performance. One of the highlights in this match will be RG Snyman up against his old teammates. The power game of the Bulls will prove too much for the visitors therefore I predict a home win by 6 points.

Probable Starting XVs

Bulls  

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Canan Moodie, 12 David Kriel, 11 Sebastien de Klerk, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Elrigh Louw (c), 7 Reinhardt Ludwig, 6 Cameron Hanekom, 5 JF van Heerden, 4 Ruan Vermaak, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp

Munster  

15 Simon Zebo, 14 Calvin Nash, 13 Antoine Frisch, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Shane Daly, 10 Jack Crowley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jack O’Donoghue, 7 Alex Kendellen, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Tadhg Beirne (c), 4 RG Snyman, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Jeremy Loughman

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Bulls victory are as follows:

Betway 1.22

Gbets 1.22

Hollywoodbets 1.23

Odds comparison on the Munster handicap:

The complete odds on the Munster handicap:

Betway 1.90 (+10.5)

Gbets 1.90 (+10.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.90 (+10.5)        

Predictions and Odds in details

There are poor odds on the Bulls outright win therefore we suggest backing the away team on the handicap for better odds. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+10.5), Gbets 1.90 (+10.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.90 (+10.5) 

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