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Western Force vs Highlanders Predictions & Tips - Upset on the cards as Force look for win
- Western Force vs Highlanders predictions for Friday’s Super Rugby AU match
- Match is being played at 10:45 BST at the HBF Park
- Western Force have won or lost by less than 10 points in 7 of their last 9 matches.
- I am backing the Western Force to finish within 10 points of the Highlanders and perhaps win
- Preview, predictions, stats & team news
Western Force backed to finish within 10 points of the Highlanders (Getty Images)
Western Force vs Highlanders Predictions
The Western Force have been superb in recent weeks. That run includes a victory over Super Rugby AU champs, the Reds. At home they should be able to hold off the inconsistent Highlanders although the odds favour the visitors.
- Western Force have won 3 of their last 5 matches.
- Western Force have not lost by 10 or more points in 7 of their last 9 matches.
- Highlanders have lost 2 of their last 3 away matches.
- Highlanders have not covered the -10 handicap in 5 of their last 7 matches.
Head to Head
Highlanders have won three of their last four matches against the Western Force. Their last encounter took place in 2017 where the Highlanders ran riot in a 55-6 victory.
Western Force Form
The Western Force have been in good form of late despite a few defeats. They managed to qualify for the Super Rugby AU playoff where they suffered a 21-9 defeat to the Brumbies.
Last week the Western Force were impressive again, this time they lost 20-19 at home to the high-flying Chiefs. It was a match in which the Force were always huge underdogs and after a good start by the Chiefs, it looked like a long day for the Force.
The Perth-based outfit however fought back in the game and had an opportunity to snatch the victory late on. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be but they will fancy their chances against the Highlanders on home soil.
Western Force Injuries & Team News
The only change for the Western Force sees Brynard Stander drop to the bench with Sitaleki Timani coming in.
Last weekend the Highlanders beat the Reds 40-19 in Dunedin. It was a good performance by the Highlanders but the Reds had just come off a dramatic final victory the week before.
The Highlanders have been terribly inconsistent this season, going from magnficent performances to being unrecognisable the following week.
Away from home the Highlanders have been more impressive, especially in their 33-12 victory over the Crusaders a few weeks ago.
Highlanders Injuries & Team News
The Highlander backline remains unchanged for this fixture. In the forward pack Shannon Frizell starts at flank with Bryn Evans coming in at lock.
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Western Force have been very competitive in recent weeks and lost by a mere point to the Chiefs last weekend. I'm backing the hosts to lose by less than 10 and possibly cause an upset against the Highlanders.
Best Bet: Force +10 Handicap Handicap $2.00 at Bookmaker - 3 Units
Value Bet: Force Win Full Time Result $3.60 at Betstar Australia - 1 Unit