The Lions will be looking to stay in touch in the South African Conference when they host the Highlanders at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday. We take a look at the game from a betting angle.
The Lions are currently 26/1 to lift the trophy with the Highlanders the third favourites at just under 10/1. You can get 7/2 about the Lions winning the South African Conference – click here for outright betting.
The Lions narrowly beat the Waratahs 29-28 in Johannesburg last week. It came on the back of a tour where they lost to the Brumbies and Crusaders, but beat the Chiefs. Emirates Airline Park hasn’t been the fortress of old this season although the Lions have won 3 and lost 2 matches and this will be their first home game of the season against New Zealand opposition. Lions home matches have averaged 60 points each.
The Highlanders have won 3 of their last 4 matches including beating a competitive Jaguares side 32-27 at home last week. They have won 2 and lost 4 on the road with their last away game a convincing 52-0 win against the Sunwolves. The Highlanders have a pretty decent record in South Africa having won 3 of their last 4 although they did lose in their last match here by 26 points to the Sharks in Durban last year. The Lions have won their last 4 home games in a row against the Highlanders all by margins of under 12 points or less.
Betting – click here to bet
Lions -0.5 at 9/10
Waratahs +0.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: Highlanders win at 1/1
As much as I would like the Lions to win this game they just haven’t looked the part this season and I was quite disappointed with their win over the Waratahs where I thought they would beat the handicap of 7.5 points. They won’t get as many chances against a New Zealand side like the Highlanders and I think the visitors will win this perhaps even with a few points to spare.
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