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Lions vs Western Province Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Province to compound Lions woes

  • Western Province travel to Emirates Airline Park to face the Lions on Saturday
  • Lions suffered a 23-17 loss to Province in Super Rugby Unlocked
  • The hosts have not managed to beat anyone except for Griquas (twice) over their last 5 matches
  • Province need to bounce back after losing to a 14-man Bulls side last weekend
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Western Province beat the Lions 23-17 earlier this season (Getty Images)

The Lions host Western Province at Emirates Airline Park in the Currie Cup on Saturday. Province have shown some inconsistencies this season but they have the quality to beat a Lions side who have struggled against the big unions of late.

Lions Form


The Lions managed just one win in Super Rugby Unlocked but that is largely down to two of their matches being cancelled due to COVID-19 infections.

Regardless, they sit in fifth position on the table, four points behind Western Province in third and one point behind the Cheetahs in fourth.

Last weekend the Lions had a lucky escape as they beat Griquas 20-17 in Kimberley. Having been behind for most of the match, the Lions took the lead five minutes into the first half. 

A few minutes later the match was abandoned due to lightning in the air – had it been a few minutes earlier they would have lost the match.

Lions Team News


Head coach Ivan van Rooyen has made two changes to the Lions starting line-up. Tiaan Swanepoel comes in for the injured EW Viljoen at fullback. 

The other change sees Ross Cronje start at scrumhalf in place of Morne van den Berg.

Western Province Form


Western Province heads into this fixture in third place on the Currie Cup table after losing their opening fixture to the Bulls last weekend. The points carried over (19) from Super Rugby Unlocked means that Province remain above the Cheetahs and Lions for now.

It has been a somewhat inconsistent season for the Cape Town-based outfit and they’ll be bitterly disappointed with defeat against the Bulls. Having led for the majority of the match, Western Province allowed the Bulls back into the match with two late tries.

What makes that worse is that the Bulls played the last 30 minutes with a man less. John Dobson was not impressed with his charges and they will seek massive improvement this weekend.

Western Province Team News


Fullback Warrick Gelant is out for the rest of the season after tearing knee ligaments. Regular flyhalf, Damian Willemse shifts to fullback which sees Tim Swiel come in at flyhalf.

In their only other change, Ruhan Nel gets a chance at centre with Rikus Pretorius moving to the bench.

Lions vs Western Province Head to Head


Western Province lead the Lions 5-4 over their last nine matches across all competitions. Their last encounter saw Western Province come from behind to beat the Lions 23-17 at Newlands in Super Rugby Unlocked.

Lions vs Western Province Odds


The Lions and Stormers are priced at 1.90 to win with a draw available at 21.00.

The handicap for the match is set at 1 point.

Lions vs Western Province Match Up


Both teams have been inconsistent but as playoffs start to loom expect form to improve. Set pieces will be key once again in what should be a tight battle, with the Lions holding the edge at the scrum. Province will need to be wary of any poor tactical kicking as this is what cost them last week.

Lions vs Western Province Stats


  • Lions have lost 3 of their last 5 matches.
  • Western Province beat the Lions 23-17 in their last match.
  • Western Province have won 4 of their last 6 matches.

Lions vs Western Province FAQ

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Where is the Lions vs Western Province Currie Cup match being played?

The Lions vs Western Province match is being played at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, South Africa.

When is the Lions vs Western Province Currie Cup match being played?

TheLions vs Western Province match is being played on Saturday 5 December 2020 at 17:00 GMT.

Where can I get Lions vs Western Province free bets?

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What competition are Lions vs Western Province playing in?

Lions vs Western Province is being played in the Currie Cup.

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Verdict

Western Province offer great value to cover the -1 handicap against the Lions at Emirates Airline Park.

Best Bet: Province -1 Handicap @100.00 at BetMGM - 5 Units

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