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Sharks vs British & Irish Lions Predictions & Tips - Lions backed for another comfortable win

  • Sharks vs British & Irish Lions predictions for Wednesday’s Tour match
  • Match is being played at 18:00 BST at Emirates Airline Park
  • British & Irish Lions beat the Lions 56-14 in their last match
  • I am tipping British & Irish Lions win by more than 23 points
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British & Irish Lions beat the Lions by 42 points last week (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 06 Jul 2021
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Sharks vs British & Irish Lions Predictions


The British & Irish Lions have looked like a well oiled machine in their opening two matches. Little rustiness has shown so we’re backing them to continue on an upward trend by covering the 23 point handicap in this one.

  • Sharks lost their last match against Western Province
  • British & Irish Lions have won their last 2 matches.
  • British & Irish Lions have won their last 2 matches by 18 & 42 points.
  • British & Irish Lions beat the Sharks by 36 points when they last met in 2009.

Head to Head


The British & Irish Lions and Sharks have only met once before. That was on the Lions 2009 to South Africa. In that meeting the tourists were comfortable 39-3 winners at Kings Park.

Sharks Form


The Sharks have been in decent form and recently got their 2021 Currie Cup campaign underway. They have won one and lost one of their matches.

On the opening week the Sharks were too good for Griquas who they beat 30-16 in Kimberley. In a cracking second match the Sharks came up just short in a 32-31 defeat to Western Province at the Cape Town Stadium.

The Sharks have some exciting players that the Lions will have to keep a close eye on. It is up front though where the Sharks will have to match the tourists physically if they are to compete over 80 minutes.

Sharks Injuries & Team News


Head coach Sean Everitt has only made one change from the Sharks team that lost to Western Province. Phepsi Buthelezi returns to the lineup after suffering from mild concussion. Mpilo Gumede shifts out of the lineup.

British & Irish Lions Form


The British & Irish Lions have start their tour of South Africa well. Prior to leaving they beat Japan 28-10 at Murrayfield.

Last weekend the tourists faced the local Lions franchise, comfortably winning 56-14. This week the B+I Lions face the Sharks, another local franchise.

While these games are focused on getting players game-time and testing combinations, the Lions have settled in quite well. Warren Gatland has been on two previous tours as head coach for the Lions and it is starting to show.

British & Irish Lions Injuries & Team News


Warren Gatland has again made a number of changes as he looks to give everyone an opportunity on tour. Josh Navidi, Adam Beard and Tom Curry will make their B+I Lions debut.

Tour captain, Conor Murray is on the bench while Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar are the halfback pairing.

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Verdict

The British & Irish Lions have put in two polished performances thus far. They are tipped to cover the -23 handicap against a Sharks side lacking international quality.

Best Bet: Lions -23 Handicap Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 4 Units

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