British and Irish Lions Odds-on To Win In South Africa

Ruben Hill
February 17, 2020

The British and Irish Lions have opened up as the odds-on favourites at -120 to beat world champions South Africa in three Test matches in the summer. The Lions will return to action for the first time since drawing with New Zealand in 2017.

Warren Gatland will once again lead the Lions into the tour of South Africa where he will be looking to continue their excellent run. They had success in 2013 in Australia, while they also upset the odds to avoid defeat against the All Blacks four years later. The last time the Lions were in South Africa was in 2009 when they went down 2-1. They won the final game of that series at Ellis Park, beating the Springboks 28-9. For many of the Lions’ squad, it will be their chance to make up for their defeat to South Africa in the World Cup final. England were the odds-on favourites to win that game in Japan, but Rassie Erasmus’ side produced an excellent performance to win the Webb Ellis Trophy for the first time since 2007. With so many young players in their squad, South Africa are as short as +350 to defend their crown at the 2023 World Cup in France. They have only New Zealand and England ahead of them in the outright market. Springboks look great value at +200 in betting Given they have home advantage and are buoyed by their victory in the World Cup, South Africa are excellent value in the outright market for this series at +200.

The Springboks defeated hosts Japan, Wales and England before getting their hands on the Webb Ellis Trophy last November. They proved they were capable of getting the win in more than one way. They had to grind it out against Wales in a tough semi-final. In complete contrast in the final, they were able to play their expansive rugby. Makazole Mapimpi was the star player for South Africa in Japan. He scored six tries in the competition. The Sharks winger will be a good bet to be the top try scorer in this series. Owen Farrell +300 to be captain of Lions Gatland has a tough decision to make when it comes to deciding who will captain the Lions in South Africa. Owen Farrell, Alun-Wyn Jones, Maro Itoje and James Ryan are all obvious candidates for that role. Farrell is the +300 favourite with the bookmakers to get the nod and is arguably the most likely to be given the honour. The England captain has led his country since 2018 and will be hoping he can lift the Six Nations in 2020 with his side who have Six Nations betting odds of +162.50. Just like he is for England, Farrell is going to be an integral player in that Lions team if they are to have success in South Africa. He is one of the first names on the team sheet which is why Gatland may favour him to be the captain. It’s going to be an exciting summer of rugby and this latest series is going to prove to be a tremendous test for the Lions against the best team in world rugby right now.

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