Scarlets vs Zebre
Competition: Guinness Pro12
Date: 17 February 2017
Kick-off: 20:35 CET
Scarlets will be relishing welcoming a weakend Zebre side to Wales for this encounter for they are missing a few key players, and with the race to enter the top three will start to open up as a few shock results come from this international window period.
Zebre, much like Treviso, and much like any Italian side that has been a part of the Pro12 over time, is languishing right at the foot of the log. They have managed just a single win and have lost all 11 other games. Currently they are on nine points with more points coming from their losing bonus points. Zebre have scored just 18 tries all season, and conceded a massive 55. They are hardly a threat, and even though their numbers look a little better than Treviso’s above them, they don’t have a winning edge to them.
Scarlets are in fourth and are doing well for themsleves, but their problem is the gap above them, to third, is seven points while the gap to the chasing pack annd Glasgow in fifth is only four points. Scarlets are trying to firstly catch up to Leinster, but theya re at the same time looking to stay afloat and ahead of the Warriors who are also missing a few key men and could slip up in their game against Ulster away from home. Scarlets will take on Zebre knowing that they are not much of a threat for a win, and in fact there is a great chance for a bonus point as they make a charge on eating up those seven points to third.
Scarlets vs Zebre: Head-to-Head Stats
Scarlets will also feel they are almost expectant winners as Zebre have never beaten them in the Pro12 and this is hardly going to be their best time to shine in an international break away from home. There have been nine encounters and all of them have gone the way fo the Scarlets.
Scarlets vs Zebre: Prediction
Scarlets can really wip into the Italian here as theya re away from home and they are missing their best players. To be fair to Zebre, they do not have the worse defence, but they d have the second-worst, so it should of course be a win for Scarlets, and a cofortably one at that.
Scarlets vs Zebre: Tips
Bet on a big winning margin, the Scarlets are a good defensive outfit as well as a decent attacking one, they should win by at least 35 points.