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Chiefs vs Highlanders Betting Tips, Preview & Odds – Highlanders to cover handicap in Hamilton

  • Highlanders have covered the +5 handicap in their last 3 meetings with the Chiefs
  • Highlanders defeated the Chiefs 28-27 earlier in Super Rugby Aotearoa
  • Chiefs have scored under 20 points in each of their last 3 fixtures
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The Chiefs take on the Highlanders at the FMG Stadium in Super Rugby Aotearoa on Sunday. The two sides have struggled in the competition so far, but the Highlanders have already beaten the Chiefs this season.

Chiefs Form & News

The Chiefs went down in their opening fixture of Super Rugby Aotearoa away to the Highlanders 28-27. They followed that result up with 24-12 defeat at the Blues. In their third fixture, the Chiefs lost 18-13 away at the Crusaders.

In their last game, the Chiefs were defeated 25-18 by the Hurricanes at home. The Hurricanes flew into a 20-3 lead, but were reduced to 14 men. The Chiefs tried to fight back, but it was ultimately not to be once again.

The Chiefs have had a bye last weekend so their squad should be fit and well-rested.

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The Chiefs have lost their opening four matches of Super Rugby Aotearoa (Getty Images)

Highlanders Form & News

The Highlanders have managed just one win in their opening four fixtures of Super Rugby Aotearoa. That win came in the first round over the Chiefs in Dunedin. A last-minute drop goal sealed the win.

Since that victory, the Highlanders have fallen apart, losing 27-24 away to the Blues and then being humbled 40-20 by a rampant Crusaders at home.

In their previous fixture, the Highlanders travelled to the Hurricanes and lost 17-11. The home side were 17-0 up early in horrendous conditions. The Highlanders showed some fight, but the game was out of reach.

The Highlanders have a few injury concerns with lock Josh Dickson sidelined for the remainder of the tournament. Winger Nehe Milner-Skudder remains out as well. Fly-half Josh Ioane is expected to make his return to the squad.

Chiefs vs Highlanders Head to Head

The Highlanders hold an 11-9 advantage over the Chiefs with one draw in their last 21 meetings.

The last time the sides met was on the opening weekend of Super Rugby Aotearoa. The Highlanders won that match 28-27 in Dunedin.

Chiefs vs Highlanders Odds

The Chiefs are available at 1.53 to win the fixture, while the Highlanders are priced at 2.55. The draw pays 23.00.

The handicap is set at 5 points and pays 1.91 both ways.

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Highlanders are tipped in the handicap market in what is expected to be another tight contest (Getty Images)

Chiefs vs Highlanders Match Up

Super Rugby Aotearoa has not been kind to either side so far. Tries are hard to come by for both sides - and that is starting to become a real concern. Both sides are known for their attacking talent, but things have not clicked, so this could well be a battle of the boots.

Chiefs vs Highlanders Stats

  • Chiefs have lost their opening 4 matches of Super Rugby Aotearoa.
  • Chiefs have scored only 4 tries in their last 3 matches.
  • Highlanders beat the Chiefs 28-27 on the opening weekend of Super Rugby Aotearoa.
  • Highlanders have covered the +5 handicap in the last 3 matches against the Chiefs.
  • Highlanders have covered the +5 handicap in 2 of their last 4 matches.

Chiefs vs Highlanders FAQ

Where can I watch Chiefs vs Highlanders live stream online?

Check out our online streaming calendar for the Chiefs vs Highlanders live stream.

Where is the Chiefs vs Highlanders Super Rugby Aotearoa match being played?

The Chiefs vs Highlanders match is being played at FMG Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

When is the Chiefs vs Highlanders Super Rugby Aotearoa match being played?

The Chiefs vs Highlanders match is being played on Sunday, 19 July 2020, at 05:35 SAST.

What happened the last time the sides met?

The two sides have played each other already in the competition in a match which saw the Chiefs lose 28-27 in Dunedin.

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