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Benetton vs Lions Predictions & Tips - Benetton backed in handicap market

22 Mar 2023
Ralph Staniforth 22 Mar 2023
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Benetton vs Lions Predictions

Both sides come into this fixture in decent form. A look at the table also suggests they are reasonably evenly matched, but at home Benetton are a fine outfit. I am backing the Italian side to cover the -5 handicap.
  • Benetton vs Lions Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Benetton Form
  • Benetton Injuries & Team News
  • Lions Form
  • Lions Injuries & Team News

  • Benetton have won 5 of their last 6 home matches.
  • Lions have lost 5 of their last 7 away matches.

Head to Head

The Lions beat Benetton 37-29 at home in their only previous fixture. That took place in the 2022 URC.

Benetton Form

Benetton have enjoyed a fine season and although the playoffs look out of reach, have seldom performed this well.

Currently the Italian side are ninth on the table with eight wins and seven defeats. They have lost two of their last three URC games, going down 30-13 to Cardiff away and 40-30 at home to Munster.

Last time out the Italians beat Ospreys 21-20 away. It was a superb performance after a slow start to the game.

Benetton Injuries & Team News

It is not clear yet whether Benetton will have access to all their Italian internationals who played in the Six Nations last weekend.

Lions Form

The Lions are 11th on the URC table with seven wins and eight defeats. While the playoffs are out of reach, the Lions have fared better this season, and been far more competitive.

The Lions have not played much recently due to the Six Nations but did lose 29-7 to the Sharks before seeing off Glasgow 35-24 at home.

They caused a major upset in their last match, beating cross-town rivals, the Bulls 29-25 away from home. 

Lions Injuries & Team News

The Lions have traveled to Italy with a full-strength side.


Benetton are tipped to beat the Lions by more than five points.

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