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Cheetahs vs Western Province Predictions & Tips - Cheetahs can beat Cape rivals

  • Cheetahs vs Western Province predictions for Wednesday’s Currie Cup match
  • Fixture is being played at 15:45 GMT at the Toyota Stadium
  • Cheetahs have a fine home record against Western Province
  • I am backing the Cheetahs in the handicap market
  • Tips, team news, stats & preview
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Cheetahs could upset the odds on tight contest (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 20 Jul 2021
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Cheetahs vs Western Province Predictions

Some of the Cheetahs top players have started returning to the side. This will give the side the boost so I’m tipping them to finish within five points of Province.

  • Cheetahs have won 4 of their last 5 home matches against Western Province.
  • Cheetahs won their last match 17-16 against the Pumas.
  • Western Province have lost 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).

Head to Head

Western Province lead the Cheetahs 5-4 in their last nine matches. The last time they met was in a must-win Currie Cup fixture for both sides in 2020. Province won it 31-29 with a last minute penalty.

Cheetahs Form

The Cheetahs had a bye in round one of the 2021 Currie Cup. They then suffered a heavy 31-10 defeat to local rivals Griquas in Kimberley.

That match must be taken into context with the Cheetahs missing up to 13 players through COVID infections. The Cheetahs' only other match thus far saw them beat the Pumas 17-16 at home.

The Bloemfontein-based outfit was always expected to struggle considering the lack of game-time over recent months. COVID infections and injuries have not helped their cause but they are slowly returning to full strength.

Cheetahs Injuries & Team News

The Cheetahs will welcome back a few players including Junior Pokomelo who made his return off the bench last time out. There are still concerns over a few COVID cases which could alter selections.

Western Province Form

Western Province top the Currie Cup table after four matches. It is a false table with most teams behind them having played a game or two less.

Decisions around postponed fixtures and how points will be shared still need to be discussed. Province got their season underway with a 48-24 win over a very weak Bulls outfit before losing 38-32 to the Lions in Johannesburg.

A narrow 32-31 victory over the Sharks in round three saw them remain top but Western Province through away a good lead to lose at home to Griquas 30-28 in their last Currie Cup fixture.

Last week Province played the B+I Lions under the guise of the Stormers.  They got hammered 49-3 at the Cape Town Stadium.

Western Province Injuries & Team News

Western Province have no reported injury concerns and are expected to select a full strength outfit.

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The Cheetahs are backed to finish within five points of the table topping Western Province. Considering their fine home recording against Province, an upset win is another good option.

Best Bet: Cheetahs +5 Handicap Handicap @-117.65 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Cheetahs Win Full Time Result @140.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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