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Highlanders vs Blues Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Tight encounter predicted in Super Rugby Aotearoa

  • Highlanders have won their last 7 home matches against the Blues
  • Dodgy away form could cost Blues in Dunedin
  • Blues can go top of Super Rugby Aotearoa table should they win and Crusaders lose
  • Dan Carter may not feature for the Blues this season as calf injury flares up again
Blues vs Highlanders
The Highlanders are seven matches unbeaten against the Blues in Dunedin (Getty Images)

The Highlanders welcome the Blues to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Super Rugby Aotearoa. The Blues can consolidate second place position on the table with a victory but the Highlanders will be no pushovers on home soil.

Highlanders Form


The Highlanders came into Super Rugby Aotearoa in terrible form but their performances deserve some credit. While they have only won two of their five matches, both against the Chiefs, the Highlanders have run the Blues and Hurricanes close.

In week three the Highlanders lost 27-24 away to the Blues. The following week they produced their only poor performance as they lost 40-20 at home to the Crusaders.

The Highlanders followed that up with a 17-11 defeat at the Hurricanes before beating the Chiefs 33-31 in their last match. It was one of the finest comebacks in Super Rugby history after the Highlanders trailed by 20 points. 

Last week the Otago-based outfit enjoyed a bye.

Highlanders News


The Highlanders have no reported injury concerns for Saturday’s match against the Blues.

Blues Form


The Blues have been brilliant since the start of 2020 Super Rugby but their form has taken a dip. They were on a seven match winning streak before succumbing 26-15 away to the Crusaders.

That result was followed up with another away defeat as the Hurricanes beat the Blues 29-27. 

The Blues bounced back last week at Eden Park to see off the Chiefs 21-17. The performance was far from convincing but the Blues were on the right end of some tight refereeing decisions.

Blues News


Veteran fly-half Dan Carter’s calf injury flared up before last weekend’s game and there is doubt whether he will be ready. Beauden Barrett is likely to retain his preferred fly-half position ahead of Otere Black.

Loose forward Hoskins Sotutu looks like he’ll remain on the sidelines for the third match running. Hooker James Parsons is still out with concussion symptoms. 

Highlanders vs Blues Head to Head


The Highlanders hold a 6-4 advantage over the Blues over their last 10 matches. The two last met in round three of Super Rugby Aotearoa with the Blues winning 27-24 at Eden Park.

Highlanders vs Blues Odds


The Highlanders are valued at 2.60 to win with the Blues priced at 1.53. A draw is available at 23.00. The handicap is set at 5 points. 

Highlanders vs Blues Match Up


This should be an entertaining match with plenty of points on offer and with the roof in play the weather won’t affect the match. 

The Blues have not been convincing away from home having lost their last two and are without a win in Dunedin since 2011.

Highlanders vs Blues Stats


  • Highlanders have won their last 7 home matches against the Blues.
  • Highlanders have won or finished within 5 points in 3 of their last 5 matches.
  • Blues have failed to cover the -5 handicap in their last 4 matches.
  • Blues have lost their last 2 away matches.

Highlanders vs Blues FAQ

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Where is the Highlanders vs Blues Super Rugby Aotearoa match being played?

The Highlanders vs Blues match is being played at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand.

When is the Highlanders vs Blues Super Rugby Aotearoa match being played?

The Highlanders vs Blues match is being played on Sunday 2 August 2020 at 04:35 BST.

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Verdict

I'm backing the Highlanders to cover the +5 handicap and upset the odds with victory.

Best Bet: Highlaners +5 Handicap Handicap @-111.11 at bet365 - 4 Units
Value Bet: Highlanders Win Full Time Result @160 at bet365 - 2 Units

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