New Zealand v British and Irish Lions Third Test Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
July 04, 2017
New Zealand vs British and Irish Lions Betting Tips
The British and Irish Lions have an enormous opportunity to write their names in the record books as they travel to Auckland to battle New Zealand in the deciding Test of the series. It’s expected to be a brutal contest between two sides who have fought two epic encounters already in this series.
New Zealand won the first test 30-15 in Auckland but the Lions completed a historic 24-21 victory against all odds in the second test in Wellington – a victory described as ‘fortunate’ by Warren Gatland himself. Infact, it was the Lions first victory over the All Blacks since back in 1993 and New Zealand’s first home defeat in eight years.
Warren Gatland’s Lions have the chance to complete a first series victory against the All Blacks since 1971 and they will be feeling the pressure ahead of the Eden Park visit. To finish the job, his side must defeat a monstrous outfit who are currently on a 38-game, 23 year winning run in Auckland.
On the day, the Lions were on the right side of a red card decision as Sonny Bill Williams was dismissed and they conceded 13 penalties which were not dispatched consistently enough. New Zealand coach Steven Hansen refused to blame Williams solely for the loss nonetheless. With Williams suspended, ever intimidating Malakai Fekitoa is expected to step in and can play a huge role in helping the home side take the series upon his return.
As for the Lions, Warren Gatland’s selection issue is deciding whether to stick with the controversial Mako Vunipola. Vunipola struggled in the First Test before making a tremendous impact in the Second Test with ferocious tackles and remarkable courage.
A ridiculous late hit on Beauden Barrett following a kick saw him penalised and he was duly sent to the sin bin for an illegal clearout on the aforementioned player later on – in truth, he was lucky not to be red carded himself. Jack McGrath is a very talented player who can certainly replace him and it’s probable that Vunipola starts on the bench in this one.
New Zealand will be hurting from the heartache of Wellington and it’s hard to look past them in this final test. The return of Malakai Fekitoa could give the home side a huge boost and he is capable of putting in a huge display in the decider.
The All Blacks won the First Test at Eden Park by 15 points, despite taking their foot off the gas late on, reducing their lead in the process. It’s unlikely that we will see New Zealand ease up this time considering the embarrassment of Wellington and the Lions will struggle to avoid a painful point gap in the full time score. -12 on the handicap is a very fair figure for Steven Hansen’s side to reach and they could surpass the 15 they managed in the First Test if they are at the top of their game.