Stormers vs Zebre
The Stormers are the highest place of the South African teams after four matches. They sit in 12th position with seven points. Zebre are currently bottom of the log with just 1 point. The home team drew and won one of their four matches overseas and will want nothing less than bonus point victory over the Italian side. The will have some of their Springboks available for this match and we can expect players like Damian Willemse and Hershel Jantjies to dominate this match. The Italians will need to find a way to match the home side in the forwards as this is the Stormers real strength.
TIP: There should be some key battles and the flyhalf duel looks particularly mouth-watering as youngster Antonio Rizzi comes up against Springbok Willemse. The Stormers will have the advantage at scrum time and this will allow them to launch their potent backline. The Italians should avoid too many set pieces as this will play into the home sides hands. The visitors showed in their previous matches that they look quite good when they keep the ball in hand and play. The bookies have the Stormers as heavy favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.05, Playabets 1.02 and Sunbet 1.02
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Stormers vs Zebre
- This is the first meeting between these sides.
Latest results for both teams
Stormers won their last match 24-10 against the Dragons while Zebre lost 27-10 against Edinburgh.
The Stormers will be glad that they are back home as they were heavily penalized in the Northern Hemisphere for misinterpretation of the laws. The players that stood out for the Stormers on tour were undoubtedly Warrick Gelant and Evan Roos. They were almost unstoppable and their performances would have caught the eye of the national selectors. Gelant in particular beat defenders at will and seems to be back to his best after along injury break. The Stormers will over power Zebre in all aspect of play therefore I predict a huge win for the home side by more than 30 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Leolin Zas, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Hershel Jantjies, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Junior Pokomela, 5 Salmaan Moerat (captain), 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Brok Harris.
Michelangelo Biondelli, 14 Pierre Bruno, 13 Tommaso Boni (captain), 12 Enrico Lucchin, 11 Mattia Bellini, 10 Antonio Rizzi, 9 Nicholas Casilio, 8 Renato Giammarioli, 7 Potu Junior Leavasa, 6 Lorenzo Masselli, 5 Ian Nagle, 4 Mick Kearney, 3 Eduardo Bello, 2 Oliviero Fabiani, 1 Daniele Rimpelli
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Stormers victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Stormers handicap victory :
The complete odds on the Stormers handicap victory:
Worldsportsbetting (-23.5) 1.90
Sunbet (-23.5) 1.87
Playabets (-23.5) 1.88
Predictions and Odds in details
The home team will want to keep the game tight as this is their strength. They will try and exhaust the Zebre forwards before they launch their powerful backline. The forwards will be led by Roos who always need at least two or three players to bring him down. the rolling maul is a key area for the Stormers as they score many tries through this avenue. The Italians could be in for a long day if they can’t stop the maul. The bookies are offering poor returns on the Stormers outright win therefor I suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-23.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-23.5) 1.87 and Playabets (-23.5) 1.88
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