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Chiefs vs Highlanders Betting Tips, Preview & Odds – Highlanders to run Chiefs close?

  • Highlanders have covered the +5 handicap in their last 3 encounter with the Chiefs
  • Highlanders beat the Chiefs 28-27 on the opening weekend of Super Rugby Aotearoa
  • Chiefs have scored under 20 points in each of their last 3 matches
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Highlanders achieved their only victory in Super Rugby Aotearoa victory on the opening weekend against the Chiefs (Getty Images)

The Highlanders travel to the FMG Stadium to face the Chiefs on Sunday in a Super Rugby Aotearoa clash. The Chiefs are winless in four matches while the Highlanders only victory came on the opening weekend against the Chiefs.

This weekend the Chiefs are favourites again but the Highlanders can push them all the way. It took a last minute drop goal to get their win over the Waitkato-based outfit last time and I expect it to be another tight encounter.

Chiefs Form & News

The Chiefs lost their first fixture of Super Rugby Aotearoa to the Highlanders 28-27 in Dunedin and that was followed by a 24-12 loss at the Blues. In their third match the Chiefs went down 18-13 at 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 they they couldn't all the Hurricanes in.

The Chiefs have had a bye last weekend so their squad should be fit and well-rested.

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The Chiefs have lost their opening four matches of Super Rugby Aotearoa (Getty Images)

Highlanders Form & News

The Highlanders have only one victory in Super Rugby Aotearoa and two victories over the course of 2020. But they face a side who have yet to win in the Chiefs and a side they have already beaten.

Since that victory over the Chiefs in week one, 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. Winger Nehe Milner-Skudder remains out as well. 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.

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Highlanders are tipped in the handicap market in what is expected to be another tight contest (Getty Images)

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 covered the +5 handicap in the last 3 matches against the Chiefs.
  • Highlanders have covered the +5 handicap in 2 of their last 4 matches.

Chiefs vs Highlanders FAQ

Where can I watch Chiefs vs Highlanders live stream online?

Check out our online streaming calendar for the Chiefs vs Highlanders live stream.

Where will the Chiefs vs Highlanders Super Rugby Aotearoa match be played?

The Chiefs vs Highlanders match will be played at FMG Stadium in Hamilton, New Zealand.

When will the Chiefs vs Highlanders Super Rugby Aotearoa match be played?

The Chiefs vs Highlanders match wil be played on Sunday 19 July 2020 at 04:35 BST.

What happened the last time the Chiefs played the Highlanders?

The Highlanders won 28-27 the last time they met the Chiefs in the opening round of 2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa.

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