The Chiefs welcome the Highlanders to the FMG Stadium in the Super Rugby Aotearoa on Sunday.
The Chiefs and the Highlanders have had forgettable tournaments so far, but the Highlanders have a narrow win over the Chiefs this season which should provie confidence.
The Chiefs lost their opening fixture of Super Rugby Aotearoa away to the Highlanders 28-27 and followed it up with 24-12 loss at the Blues. In their third match the Chiefs went down 18-13 away to the Crusaders in what was arguably their best performance.
In their most recent fixture the Chiefs lost 25-18 to the Hurricanes at home. The Hurricanes stormed into a 20-3 lead but then lost a player to a red card. This gave the Chiefs hope but they couldn't reel the Hurricanes in.
The Chiefs had a bye last weekend so their squad should be fit and well-rested.
The Highlanders have not been impressive with one victory in their opening four matches of Super Rugby Aotearoa. That victory came on the opening weekend against the Chiefs in Dunedin thanks to a last minute drop goal.
Since then the Highlanders have lost 27-24 away to the Blues and got hammered 40-20 by the Crusaders at home.
In their last match the Highlanders visited the Hurricanes and went down 17-11. The hosts were 17-0 up early in blustering conditions but the Highlanders showed some quality as they came back to within six points.
The Highlanders have a few injury concerns with lock Josh Dickson sidelined for the remainder of the tournament and winger Nehe Milner-Skudder out.
Fly-half Josh Ioane is expected to make his return to the squad.
Chiefs vs Highlanders Head to Head
The Highlanders have an 11-9 advantage over the Chiefs with one draw in their last 21 encounters.
The two sides have played each other already in the competition in a match which saw the Chiefs lose 28-27 in Dunedin.
Chiefs vs Highlanders Odds
The Chiefs are priced at 1.53 while with the Highlanders are valued at 2.55 to win the match with bet365. The draw will pay 23.00.
The handicap market has been set at 5 points and pays 1.91 both ways.
Chiefs vs Highlanders Match Up
Neither side have been in great form and are short on the try-scoring count. Normally the Chiefs are a free-flowing side but things haven't quite clicked for them yet.
This could well be a battle decided by the accuracy of the goal kickers, much like their opening fixture was.
Chiefs vs Highlanders Stats
Chiefs have lost their opening 4 matches of Super Rugby Aotearoa.
Chiefs have scored only 4 tries in their last 3 matches.
Highlanders beat the Chiefs 28-27 on the opening weekend of Super Rugby Aotearoa.
Highlanders have beaten the Chiefs in 2 of their last 3 matches (1 draw)
Chiefs vs Highlanders FAQ
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Where is the Chiefs vs Highlanders Super Rugby Aotearoa match being played?
The Chiefs vs Highlanders match is being played at FMG Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.
When is the Chiefs vs Highlanders Super Rugby Aotearoa match being played?
The Chiefs vs Highlanders match is being played on Sunday 19 July 2020 at 04:35 BST.
Highlanders are tipped to get within 5 points of the Chiefs and are capable of causing an upset.
Best Bet: Highlanders +5 Handicap @-109.89 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Value Bet: Highlanders Win Full Time Result @155 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units