Cheetahs vs Ospreys
Competition: Guinness Pro14
Date: 29 September 2017
Kick off: 17:00 CET
The Cheetahs have made a big stand at home and as such will have to be taken a lot more seriously after beating Leinster. They face the struggling Ospreys who will be very much the underdogs in this clash.
The Cheetahs had a tough start to their introduction to the Pro 14, they struggled away from home with the structured play of the teams in Ireland to begin with as they fell to Ulster and Munster. However, things turned around quite quickly as they arrived back home in Bloemfontein and started to show what they can offer this new tournament. The games against Munster and Ulster seemed to be cases of adjustment in very new condition, against very new opposition, but at home they had things go their way. They took on a weak Zebre side in a free flowing, try fest of a game, but the Cheetahs came out on top there, scoring 54 points but conceding 39 in typical Cheetahs fashion. They then had to take on Leinster, one of the bigger clubs in the tournament as a true test of their ability to make it in the tournament and they surprised many by beating the strong Irish side 38-19. It is a big wake up call for any team traveling to Bloemfontein, including the Ospreys this weekend.
The Ospreys find themselves on a three match losing streak after picking up their only win of the tournament in the first encounter of the year. What is worse for Ospreys is they have lost some really poor games. They managed to beat Zebre in the opening game, which was home in Wales, but only a nine point win. Then they faced Glasgow and Munsters, real tests, but they would have thought they would have been better against Glasgow, even away from home, but they lost that game by 21 points, then at home to Munster they also fell short, by five points. Up next was Treviso, a game that the Welsh side would have banked early as a win, but they did the unspeakable and lost there in a shock defeat by 10 points.
Previous five games:
Ospreys vs Zebre 22-13
Glasgow vs Ospreys 31-10
Ospreys vs Munster 16-21
Treviso vs Ospreys 16-6
Ulster vs Cheetahs 42-19
Munster vs Cheetahs 51-18
Cheetahs vs Zebre 54-39
Cheetahs vs Leinster 38-19
Cheetahs vs Ospreys: Head to Head Stats
This will be the first time these teams will meet in the Pro 14, or indeed, ever
Cheetahs vs Ospreys: Prediction
Before the Cheetahs beat Leinster, there would have been a case for backing the Ospreys, but as they lost to Treviso on the road, and the Cheetahs won at home, this is almost a certainty for the Cheetahs to make it three from three. The Ospreys do not look like they will be turning their fortunes around on this match.
Cheetahs vs Ospreys: Betting Tips
- Cheetahs to score over 35 points
- Cheetahs -7 @ 1.90 betting odds
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