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Blues vs Chiefs Predictions & Tips - Chiefs backed for sixth straight win
- Blues vs Chiefs predictions for Saturday’s Super Rugby Aotearoa match
- Fixture is being played at 08:05 BST at Eden Park in Auckland
- Chiefs won their last 5 matches in Super Rugby Aotearoa
- I am backing the Chiefs to win at Eden Park
- Preview, predictions, stats & team news
Chiefs can win and take momentum into Super Rugby Aotearoa final (Getty Images)
Blues vs Chiefs Predictions
The Chiefs have rested most of their big name players so despite winning their last five, could struggle against the Blues. The confidence among the Chiefs players will still be high so I fancy them to cover the -16 handicap.
- Chiefs have won their last 5 matches.
- Chiefs beat the Blues 15-12 in their match earlier this season.
- Blues have lost 4 of their last 5 matches.
Head to Head
The Blues have won two of their last three matches against the Chiefs. It was however the Chiefs who won 15-12 earlier this season.
The Blues form has somewhat fallen off a cliff over recent weeks. They started Super Rugby Aotearoa in fine form and were expected to be the Crusaders biggest challengers.
In round five they suffered a crucial 15-12 defeat to the Chiefs which gave the Waikato side momentum going into the second half of the campaign. The Blues did bounce back to win 27-17 at home to the Hurricanes but then faltered 35-29 at the Highlanders.
They needed at least one point last weekend against the Crusaders to keep them in the hunt for the final. Unfortunately they were comprehensively outplayed and lost 29-6 in Chrischurch.
Blues Injuries & Team News
The Blues have brought in Finlay Christie at scrumhalf and outside backs Bryce Heem and Zarn Sullivan. Captain Tom Robinson also returns to the side at flank.
The Chiefs are in flying form with five wins from their last five matches. This comes after they lost their opening two matches of the tournament. As we enter the final round, the Chiefs have already confirmed their spot in the final against the Crusaders.
It has not been plain sailing for the Chiefs despite their good form. Fortune has certainly favoured them with three narrow wins in a row. After a 26-23 victory over the Highlanders the Chiefs snuck over the line with a 26-25 victory against the Crusaders.
Last week it was left up to Damian McKenzie to once again slot a last minute penalty to win. After trailing for much of the match at home to the Hurricanes, McKenzie slotted a 50 meter penalty after the hooter to win it 26-24 for the Chiefs.
Chiefs Injuries & Team News
The Chiefs have rested a number of players for this outing. They are already confirmed as the finalists for next week's final against the Crusaders.
The most notable changes sees Ollie Norris and Sione Mafileo start at prop while Kalen Trask goes in at fullback. Bryn Gatland was start at flyhalf.
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The Chiefs have a much-changed outfit this weekend which makes the Blues favourites. I'm still going to back the Chiefs to have enough quality to cover the -16 handicap and perhaps upset the odds with a win.
Best Bet: Chiefs -16 Handicap Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Value Bet: Chiefs Win Full Time Result @550.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit