Zebre vs Benetton
It’s the Azzurri derby as Zebre take on Benetton in this URC encounter. The home side started the season like a house on fire and looked a different side from last season but sadly their last few matches have been disappointing. The visitors on the other hand have been one of the form teams in the competition and have only tasted defeat once all season. Only leaders Leinster have lost as few times as them. Zebre have struggled in attack in recent matches and need to get back to basics and one of best decisions will be to return Geronimo Prisciantelli to the flyhalf position. Tiff Eden battles in the ten jersey as he can’t link up his backline.
TIP: Benetton are spoilt for choice in their selections as they have internationally capped players in almost all positions. Their strength has been their incredible defence as most of their victories have been by under 6 points. They will be hoping to show more in attack against a struggling Zebre team. The home team will be looking to their powerful rolling maul to fire as this has a good source of points for them. The bookies have Benetton as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.28, Gbets 1. 28 and Hollywoodbets 1.27
Zebre vs Benetton
- Benetton have won the last six matches between the sides.
- The last time Zebre beat Benetton was in 2021.
Latest results for both teams
Zebre beat Oyannax 21-14 in their last match while Benetton beat Perpignan 29-7 in their last match.
Benetton have dominated this fixture is recent seasons and if Zebre wat to show they have improved, then this is the match they need to perform in. The best player for the home side this season has been diminutive winger Simone Gesi who has been simply sensational every time he gets the ball. The visitors will need to keep a close eye on him otherwise he will find his way to the try line. The strength of Benetton has been in their pack and if Zebre can’t match them in the forwards, then the visitors will run away with the win. I am predicting a Benetton win by 8 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Lorenzo Pani, 14 Jacopo Trulla, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Enrico Lucchin, 11 Simone Gesi, 10 Geronimo Prisciantelli, 9 Alessandro Fusco, 8 Giovanni Licata (Captain), 7 Iacopo Bianchi, 6 Giacomo Ferrari, 5 Andrea Zambonin, 4 David Sisi, 3 Juan Pitinari, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Danilo Fischetti
15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Ignacio Mendy, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Filippo Drago, 11 Edoardo Padovani, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Andy Uren, 8 Toa Halafihi, 7 Manuel Zuliani, 6 Alessandro Izekor, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Edoardo Iachizzi, 3 Giosué Zilocchi, 2 Gianmarco Lucchesi, 1 Mirco Spagnolo
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Benetton victory are as follows:
Gbets 1. 28
Odds comparison on the Zebre handicap:
The complete odds on the Zebre handicap:
Betway 1.90 (+10.5)
Gbets 1.87 (+10.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+10.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor returns on the Benetton outright win therefore we suggest backing the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+10.5),Gbets 1.87 (+10.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+10.5)
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