South Africa vs British & Irish Lions Betting Tips
South Africa take on the British & Irish Lions for the third and final time on the 2021 Tour on Saturday and with the series score level at 1-1 ahead of the Cape Town clash, these two sides have everything to play for.
After losing the opener 22-17, South Africa hit back in style with a thumping 27-9 victory in the second Test and it promises to be another enthralling and hot-tempered third meeting between the pair.
The British & Irish Lions were physically dominated in the second contest, losing the ball time and time again at the breakdown, while they also struggled under the high ball as the reigning world champions adopted conservative but effective tactics.
Much has been made of last Saturday's clash, with each half lasting over 60 minutes due to the officials having to review several incidents during the match, and this has led to criticism from leading figures of the sport.
New Zealand coach Ian Foster said the game "put me to sleep" and that the rivals are "almost afraid to play", while former Springboks boss Peter De Villiers described the national side as "very, very, boring".
Will we see a more attacking-minded display from these two sides? That remains to be seen, but it is certain to be another incident-packed game with the bad blood between these two clear to see.
South Africa vs British & Irish Lions Betting Odds
Having levelled the series, South Africa are 4/6 favourites to make it back-to-back wins, while the Lions are 7/5 to clinch the victory that would give them a first series win in South Africa since 1997.
South Africa vs British & Irish Lions Team News
Talismanic scrum-half Faf de Klerk is unavailable for South Africa and is replaced by Cobus Reinach at scrum-half, while reigning world player of the year Pieter-Steph du Toit also misses out due to injury.
Lock Franco Mostert switches to blind-side flanker, influential Sale lock Lood de Jager starts in the second row alongside Eben Etzebeth, while veteran fly-half Morne Steyn comes into the squad.
Warren Gatland has made six changes to his Lions starting XV after that recent loss, with hooker Ken Owens and prop Wyn Jones coming into the front-row in place of Luke Cowan-Dickie and Mako Vunipola, who both drop to the replacements.
Scrum-half Ali Price is preferred to Irishman Conor Murray, while centre Bundee Aki, wing Josh Adams and full-back Liam Williams have all come into the side.
Fly-half Finn Russell, lock Adam Beard and number eight Sam Simmonds come into the 23 for the first time this series, while Owen Farrell, Taulupe Faletau, Anthony Watson, Stuart Hogg, Rory Sutherland, Tadgh Beirne and Chris Harris are out of the squad.
South Africa vs British & Irish Lions Prediction
British & Irish Lions to Win - BET NOW
Despite that chastening defeat, the Lions have enough quality and character in their squad to make an immediate response and the changes made by Gatland should provide some fresh legs.
A key area that South Africa dominated in last time out was the breakdown and it is crucial the Lions improve in this department if they want to end up on the winning side. Gatland will have surely had his team working on this during training.
One huge absentee for the world champions is De Klerk. The scrum-half makes the Springboks tick in that number nine position and not having that could prove absolutely pivotal. His absence can't be stressed enough.
With the chance to land a first series win in SA since 1997, expect the Lions to regroup quickly and chalk up this defining victory.
Highest Scoring Half - 2nd - BET NOW
With so much on the line, there is the chance the opening 40 minutes will see few opportunities to score, with the likelihood kicking penalties will be the best route to scoring points.
If the game is played at a high tempo, something Gatland insists he wants to happen, then this could result in some tired legs for both sides in the second half and present more scoring chances.
Both Tests so far have seen more points scored in the second half. The first half against second half points tally currently stands at 30-45.
Ken Owens - Anytime Tryscorer - BET NOW
The Lions have only scored one try so far, that coming the way of Cowan-Dickie, and his replacement Ken Owens offers great value to cross the whitewash anytime during the game.
With another physical battle expected, the Welsh hooker, who has scored 25 points for his country, can get himself on the scoresheet and finish off a huge Lions push to the line.
South Africa vs British & Irish Lions Betting Tips
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South Africa vs British & Irish Lions Frequently Asked Questions
Who is playing?
South Africa vs the British & Irish Lions.A
When is South Africa vs British & Irish Lions?
August 7th, 17:00.A
Where is the match being played?
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town.A
Can I watch the match live?
Yes, the match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event.A
What is our recommended bet?
Highest Scoring Half - 2nd.A