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Blues vs Highlanders Predictions & Tips - Blues set for comfortable win in Auckland

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Blues vs Highlanders Predictions


The Blues are favourites at home where they have not lost this season. They are top of the table with 10 wins in 11 games and while the Highlanders have won their last three, this should be a hurdle too far for the visitors.
  • Blues vs Highlanders Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Blues Form
  • Blues Squad & Team News
  • Highlanders Form
  • Highlanders Squad & Team News

I am backing the Blues to run rampant in Auckland, covering the -18 handicap.

  • Blues have won 10 of their last 11 matches against the Highlanders.
  • Blues have won 10 of their last 11 matches.
  • Blues have scored 4+ tries in their last 6 matches.
  • Highlanders have won their last 3 matches.

Head to Head


The Blues have won 10 of their last 11 matches against the Highlanders. Earlier this season the Auckland side won 37-29 away.

Blues Form


The Blues are top of the Super Rugby table with three rounds to play. They have won 10 of their 11 games, their only defeat came away against the Hurricanes.

However, the Blues cannot afford any slip up with the Hurricanes just two points off them. Last week, the Auckland-based outfit beat the Hurricanes 31-27 in a cracking contest at home.

Prior to that, the Blues beat the Brumbies at home, Reds away and the Rebels away. Their only defeat this season came way back in round three.

Blues Squad & Team News


With two tough fixtures to come, the Blues may risk resting a couple of players this weekend. They face the Crusaders away next weekend followed by the Chiefs at home.

Highlanders Form


The Highlanders have shifted themselves into the playoffs on 23 points with five wins and six defeats from their 11 games. They look pretty secure at the moment with an eight-point buffer to ninth.

For a while the Otago side looked out of it but three wins in their last three matches has seen them jump up the table. After a humiliating 31-0 defeat to the Reds, the Highlanders bounced back with a 7-6 win over the Western Force at home.

They then beat Moana 28-17 before last week seeing off the Crusaders 32-29 on home soil.

Highlanders Squad & Team News


The Highlanders need one result to secure a playoff spot this season. Their focus will be on Fijian Drua next Sunday so they could give some players a rest this weekend.

Verdict

The Blues are close to untouchable at home this season. I don’t see that changing this Saturday and fully expect them to cover the -18 handicap.

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