New Zealand - Fiji
Category: Rugby prediction
League: Rugby League World Cup
Betting prediction: Fiji +14.5
Starting Time: 11/18/2017 - 06:30 AM
We are into the quarter finals of the Rugby League World Cup and New Zealand face Fiji for the first time in their history. 10 years ago this match would be considered as a walkover for New Zealand but times have changed.
New Zealand are a shadow of their former selves and suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Tonga in the group stages. Fiji, on the other hand, cruised through their group, thrashing each of the sides they came up against and will be more confident than ever before. They have averaged over 50 points per game so far, making them is the highest scoring team in the tournament. New Zealand are going to find it difficult to contain them.
The Fijian side is packed with players participating in the best league in the world, the NRL, including superstar Jaryyd Hayne (who has played Rugby Union, American Football and Rugby League professionally!). They possess great attacking flair, combined with the size and skill of Melbourne Storm's Suliasi Vunivalu, one of the players of the tournament so far. This is not to say they will have it easy and New Zealand are still strong favourites for a reason, I just suspect that the scoreline will be a lot closer than the odds are suggesting.
Taking the handicap gives some room to manoeuvre and the best odds around are at SBObet who are offering a great price on the +14.5 handicap. This is going to be an interesting high-scoring game!
Add Date: 11/16/2017 - 10:43 AM