28-01-2023 Daily Predictions United Rugby Championship Connacht vs Lions

Connacht vs Lions

Connacht welcomes the Lions to the Sportsground for this match in the United Rugby Championships. Both teams are chasing a playoff spot and are they are separated by just a single point although the Lions have a game in hand. The visitors had an excellent win in their last match while the home team suffered a loss to Newcastle in the Challenge Cup. The Lions are attempting to become the first South African side to win in Galway as this venue has proven to be a graveyard for visiting teams. The often wet and windy conditions strongly favour the home side therefore the Lions will be hoping for better weather.

TIP: The Lions have lost their last three matches in this competition and will be hoping their win in the Challenge Cup gives them the much needed momentum. Connacht have lost a few players to the Irish national team but still have a strong team for this match. The Lions will again look to their incredibly strong scrum to dominate the hosts as this is a major weapon for them. The bookies have Connacht as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.28, Playabets 1.28 and Sunbet 1.27

HEAD TO HEAD STATS

Connacht vs Lions

  • These teams have only met once before with Connacht winning 33-30.

Latest results for both teams

Connacht lost 35-21 in their last match against Newcastle while the Lions beat the Dragons 30-25 in their last match.

PREDICTION

Both these teams enjoy running the ball, weather permitting, so we could see an exciting contest. The major problem facing these teams has been turning possession into points. The Lions produced their best 40 mins of rugby in the last match as they led 30-5 at halftime. They however failed to score in the second half. Connacht have a heavy reliance of Jack Carty and has proven to be an enigma once again this season. On his day he is among the best flyhalves in Ireland but he is also capable of producing mediocre performances. If Connacht can match the Lions in the set piece then they will win the match by 10 points.

Probable Starting XVs

Connacht

15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Diarmuid Kilgallen, 13 Tom Farrell, 12 Cathal Forde, 11 John Porch, 10 Jack Carty (c), 9 Caolin Blade, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 Conor Oliver, 6 Josh Murphy, 5 Niall Murray, 4 Darragh Murray, 3 Jack Aungier, 2 Shane Delahunt, 1 Peter Dooley

Lions

15 Quan Horn, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Henco van Wyk, 12 Marius Louw (c), 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 André Warner, 8 Emmanuel Tshituka, 7 Emile van Heerden, 6 Sibusiso Sangweni, 5 Darrian Landsberg, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Asenathi Ntlabakanye, 2 PJ Botha, 1 JP Smith

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Connacht victory are as follows:

Worldsportsbetting 1.28

Playabets 1.28

Sunbet 1.27

Odds comparison on the Connacht handicap:

The complete odds on the Connacht handicap:

Worldsportsbetting (-9.5) 1.90

Sunbet (-9.5) 1.89

Playabets (-9.5) 1.84

Predictions and Odds in details

There are poor returns on the Connacht outright win therefore we suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-9.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-9.5) 1.89 and Playabets (-9.5) 1.84

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