Zebre vs Ospreys
Bottom of the log Zebre welcome the Ospreys to Parma for this match in the United Rugby Championships. The home team are still searching for their first win in the competition after 12 losses to start the season. Their opponents in this match are currently on a brilliant run with just one loss in their last 6 matches with that defeat coming against Irish giants, Leinster. This great run of form includes beating French champions Montpellier both home and away in the Heineken Cup. They will however be missing many of their international stars who are on Welsh national duty.
TIP: Zebre are also missing some players due to national call ups but this could be a blessing in disguise for them as the replacements could bring in some much needed energy. The Ospreys strength this season has been their forward pack especially their scrum which has destroyed all before them in recent weeks. If Zebre want to break the win drought they will need to at least gain parity in the set pieces. The bookies have the Ospreys as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.33, Playabets 1.35 and Sunbet 1.33
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Zebre vs Ospreys
- Ospreys have won three of the last five matches between the sides.
- The Welsh team have won the last two matches against Zebre.
Latest results for both teams
Zebre lost 14-5 to Toulon in their last match while the Ospreys beat Leicester 27-26 in their last match.
Zebre have been their own worst enemies this season with the worst discipline record in the competition. They have been forced to play long periods with 14 men and if this situation does not improve then they will continue their losing streak. The visitors despite the number of changes still can afford to field a very experienced side and will look to attack the hosts at scrum time. Zebre have looked to run the ball whenever they are in possession but have made unforced errors on which the opposition have pounced on. They will also need to be accurate with their kicking as the Ospreys have a deadly back three. We are predicting an away win by ten points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Lorenzo Pani, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Franco Smith Jr, 12 Tommaso Boni (c), 11 Jacopo Trulla, 10 Tiff Eden, 9 Chris Cook, 8 Taina Fox-Matamua, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Luca Andreani, 5 Josh Furno, 4 Leonard Krumov, 3 Ion Neculai, 2 Giampietro Ribaldi, 1 Paolo Buonfiglio
15 Max Nagy, 14 Luke Morgan, 13 Michael Collins, 12 Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler, 11 Keelan Giles, 10 Jack Walsh, 9 Reuben Morgan-Williams, 8 Morgan Morris, 7 Harri Deaves, 6 Jack Regan, 5 Huw Sutton, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Elvis Taione, 1 Nicky Smith (c)
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Ospreys victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Ospreys handicap:
The complete odds on the Ospreys handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (-7.5) 1.90
Sunbet (-7.5) 1.89
Playabets (-7.5) 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 (-7.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-7.5) 1.89 and Playabets (-7.5) 1.84
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