28-10-2023 Daily Predictions United Rugby Championship Edinburgh vs Lions

Edinburgh vs Lions

Edinburgh welcomes the Lions to the DAM Health Stadium for their opening home match of the season. The Scottish side are coming of an excellent come from behind victory over the Dragons while the Lions pushed the Stormers all the way before going down 35-33 in their first match. The home team will be keen to avenge losing both their previous matches against the Lions last season. The visitors have shown that they travel better than the other South African teams and will be looking for another away win. Edinburgh will be back at full strength with their international players back for this match.

TIP: The Lions have recalled some of their star players for this match with the likes of Henco van Wyk and Edwill van der Merwe returning to the starting lineup. This home team will be severely boosted with players like Darcy Graham and Duhan van der Merwe returning to the first XV. Both teams enjoy running the ball although the Lions do seem to have the stronger pack especially at scrum time. The bookies have Edinburgh as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.18, Gbets 1.16 and Hollywoodbets 1.18


Edinburgh vs Lions

  • This is the first ever match between the teams.

Latest results for both teams

Samoa lost 17-13 to Ireland in their last match while Chile were beaten 42-12 by Japan in their tournament opener.


Edinburgh will be looking to improve on their performances from last season especially at home where they lost a number of close matches. The return of the internationals will no doubt assist them but it is the acquisition of Ben Healy during the off season that will make the biggest difference to the team. He was the catalyst to their win over the Dragons in the last match. The Lions are also back to almost full strength and they will be targeting the Edinburgh scrum and lineout. The visitors have an excellent scrum and driving maul which Edinburgh will need to defend if they are to win. I am predicting a 5-point win for the home side.

Probable Starting XVs


15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 James Lang, 11 Duhan Van der Merwe, 10 Ben Healy, 9 Ben Vellacott, 8 Viliame Mata, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie (captain), 5 Sam Skinner, 4 Marshall Sykes, 3 Willem Nel, 2 Dave Cherry, 1 Pierre Schoeman.


15 Quan Horn, 14 Richard Kriel, 13 Henco van Wyk, 12 Marius Louw (captain), 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Ruan Venter, 6 Emmanuel Tshituka, 5 Darrien-Lane Landsberg, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Corne Fourie

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Edinburgh victory are as follows:

Betway 1.18

Gbets 1.16

Hollywoodbets 1.18

Odds comparison on the Lions handicap:

The complete odds on the Lions handicap:

Betway 1.90 (+11.5)

Gbets 1.87 (+11.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+11.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There is no little to be made on the Edinburgh win therefore we suggest backing the visitors on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+11.5), Gbets 1.87 (+11.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+11.5)

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