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Zebre vs Lions Predictions & Tips - Zebre backed to get opening win

  • Zebre vs Lions predictions for Friday’s United Rugby Championship fixture
  • Match is being played at 16:35 BST at the Sergio Lanfranchi Stadium
  • This will be the Lions first ever competitive match in Europe
  • Can Zebre make home advantage count?
  • Preview, tips, stats & team news
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Ralph Staniforth 23 Sep 2021
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Zebre vs Lions Predictions


This is a battle between two struggling teams. Neither side comes into this match with any form, but home ground advantage and experience in European conditions should give Zebre the edge.
  • Zebre vs Lions Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Zebre Form
  • Zebre Injuries & Team News
  • Lions Form
  • Lions Injuries & Team News
  • Zebre vs Lions Live Stream FAQ

  • Zebre lost 12 of their 16 Pro14 matches last season
  • Lions have never played a competitive match in Europe.
  • Lions finished bottom of the Currie Cup table.

Head to Head


Zebre and the Lions have never previously met.

Zebre Form


In the 2020/21 season of the Pro14, Zebre finished bottom of the table with four wins from their 16 matches. While the competition has changed this season, the same sides remain with the addition of four South African franchises.

Since the conclusion of the Pro14, Zebre have played in the Rainbow Cup. This didn’t go well either as they lost their last five matches.

After a narrow 34-27 defeat to local rivals Benetton, Zebre lost 37-12 at Cardiff Blues before going down 54-11 at home to Munster in their last match.

Zebre Injuries & Team News


Zebre are close to full strength with captain Giulio Bisengni starting at outside centre. They have selected two vice captains in the form of Tommaso Boni and David Sisi.

Two young forwards will make their debut off the bench in Ion Neculai and Andrea Zambonin.

Lions Form


The Lions finished bottom of the recently completely Currie Cup. They only managed two victories in their 12 matches, although two were cancelled due to COVID-19.

Over the course of their final three matches, the Lions lost 48-21 at home to the Bulls, 35-13 at Western Province and 56-14 at home to the Sharks.

This is the Lions first foray into European rugby as they leave behind the old Super Rugby competition, just like the other three South African sides.

Lions Injuries & Team News


Ivan van Rooyen has named a full strength lineup for this clash. Players to watch include outside centre, Wandisile Simelane, flyhalf Jordan Hendrikse and flanker Jaco Kriel.

A player European sides will be familiar with is winger Rabz Maxwane. A couple of seasons ago he was the Pro14 top try scorer when he turned out for the Free State Cheetahs.

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Verdict

In a match between two sides who are on big losing streaks, I am backing Zebre to cover the -2 handicap on home soil.

Best Bet: Zebre -2 Handicap Handicap $2.00 at Ladbrokes Australia - 3 Units

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