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Currie Cup Predictions & Betting tips

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19 Jul 2024 - 09:00

South Africa
Currie Cup

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Golden Lions Golden Lions
Griquas Griquas

Prediction :

Golden Lions -10

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19 Jul 2024 - 11:00

South Africa
Currie Cup

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Blue Bulls Blue Bulls
Cheetahs Cheetahs

Prediction :

Cheetahs wins the match

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19 Jul 2024 - 09:00

Currie Cup First Division

Golden Lions Golden Lions
Griquas Griquas
1 X 2
Probability of 47%
19 Jul 2024 - 11:00

Currie Cup First Division

Blue Bulls Blue Bulls
Cheetahs Cheetahs
1 X 2
Probability of 59%

The legendary Currie Cup is back for the 2024 edition and this year’s tournament promises to be the best one yet!

As always, SportyTrader will be covering every kick and tackle at South Africa’s oldest rugby competition and below we will provide you with our expert’s pre-tournament analyses and insights to help make predicting outcomes a little easier. 

Presentation of the Currie Cup - Rugby

Currie cup 2024 prediction

The Currie Cup, named after its founder Sir Donald Currie, is not only the oldest domestic rugby competition in South Africa but one of the oldest globally as well. The first-ever tournament, staged way back in 1889, featured only two teams, Western Province and Griqualand West but has expanded across the entire nation, bringing South Africa’s best provincial sides onto one grand stage. 

In this year’s competition, the tournament will feature eight teams divided into two pools of four based on their performance in the last edition. The teams will do battle in a round-robin format with two top-ranked sides from each pool progressing to the semi-finals. The semi-final is a single-match knockout, and the victors will move on to battle for the Currie Cup 2024 title on September 21. 

Currie Cup Match Dates

  • Round 9 - August 30, 2024 - September 1, 2024
  • Round 10 - September 6, 2024 - September 8, 2024
  • Semi-Final - September 14, 2024
  • Grand Final - September 21, 2024

Tournament details

  • The venue of the final: To be confirmed
  • Tournament Participants: 8
  • Edition: 86th (Premier Division)
  • Defending Champion: Free State Cheetahs

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Our free prediction for the winner of the 2024 Currie Cup

The Free State Cheetahs are set to defend their crown after dethroning the 2022 champions, the Pumas, somewhat fittingly with both teams battling out the 2023 final. With home advantage, the Cheetahs secured a 25-17 victory in Bloemfontein, marking their seventh title since joining the competition. 

South Africa’s franchise clubs, Western Province (Stormers), Vodacom Bulls (Bulls) and Lions (Emirates Lions) will be looking for better performances this year, while the Natal Sharks (Sharks), will be gunning for their ninth domestic title after winning the 2023-24 EPCR Challenge Cup against Gloucester at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in May. 

Given the overlapping of tournaments domestically as well as in the Northern Hemisphere with the United Rugby Championship, the SA franchise teams may find it difficult to return to prominence in the domestic competition this year, which could benefit the likes of the Cheetahs and Pumas, as we’ve seen in the last two editions. Indeed, while it is still very early to hang our hat on a decisive winner: Our early 2024 Currie Cup prediction: Free State Cheetahs to lift the trophy!

Currie Cup Final prediction: Title odds

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Beginner's Guide - how does the 2024 Currie Cup work?

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In order to accommodate players’ wellbeing across the domestic and European competition calendar, the 2024 Currie Cup season will be played in a new window. 

The Premier Division of the Currie Cup 2024 commences on the weekend of July 5th and 6th, running until the final on September 21. This year’s competition introduces an exciting new format, featuring one-and-a-half rounds of play followed by the semi-finals and eagerly anticipated grand finale. 

Eight participating teams will be split into two pools based on their performance in last year’s competition. Pool A will include the Cheetahs (champions), Bulls (4th), Western Province (5th) and the Griffons (8th). Pool B will be made up of the Sharks (2nd), Pumas (3rd), Lions (6th) and Griquas (7th). Teams will play home and away against the sides in their Pool as well as a single round of matches against teams from the opposite Pool. 

Additionally, the other six provincial teams - Boland, Leopards, Eagles, Eastern Province, Valke and Border, will duke it out in the Currie Cup First Division, which features a five-round league format. 

Points in the Currie Cup are awarded according to the below: 

  • Each win is allocated four points
  • A Draw is allocated two points
  • Teams scoring four or more tries are allocated one bonus point
  • Teams that lose by fewer than seven points are allocated one bonus point

At the end of the group stage, the two top teams from each pool will advance to the semi-finals, where they will compete in a knockout match for a chance at the title. 

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How to make good predictions on Currie Cup matches?

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When it comes to the Currie Cup, it is important to understand that while some clubs are more well-known and have greater financial resources, that often counts for little.

The reason for this is that those “bigger teams” compete across borders, featuring in tournaments such as the United Rugby Championship, EPCR Challenge Cup and Champions Cup. Given the higher level of competition and the greater financial rewards on offer, the South African franchise teams are often faced with selection difficulties in domestic competitions arising from balancing squad selection and player welfare. 

With that in mind, let's explore a few good practices to include in your betting predictions: 

  • Keep up-to-date with the rugby calendar
  • Consider player’s international commitments
  • Stay updated with player fitness
  • Factor-in home advantage
  • Analyse past head-to-head results

Keep up-to-date with the rugby calendar

The Sharks, Lions, Western Province and Bulls are the four South African franchises that are also involved in the United Rugby Championship, which runs alongside the Currie Cup. 

As a result, these teams are often split between the two competitions, with coaches and selectors generally leaning toward sending their best players to the URC competition, given its reach and the potentially greater rewards. This, in turn, often means that the franchise teams tend to field younger and more inexperienced lineups in the domestic competition. 

Consider players’ international commitments

Similar to the point above, franchise clubs are often jam-packed with international players and the South African Test season also runs during the winter months in the Southern Hemisphere.

Using the Sharks as an example - The Durban-based side has a laundry list of first-team internationals, who will be joining up with the rest of the Springbok team for matches against Wales and Ireland in the coming weeks. 

Stay updated with player fitness

Given the demands of playing week in and week out, potentially spanning different continents, injuries are a major factor to consider as key players may be forced into rest periods. 

Sides that are focused on just one competition often have a much deeper roster to work with and this can be a crucial factor, especially in the latter stages of the tournament. 

Factor-in home advantage

History shows that home advantage is a major consideration in the Currie Cup. This is underlined by the fact that the benefit of finishing in the top two spots in the group stage not only allows the team entry to the next round but also gives them a home-ground advantage in the knockout stage. 

As with any sport, home sides are more familiar with the conditions on their home patch, while also having the advantage of the home crowd, and that often leads to improved performances from their players. 

Analyse past head-to-head results

Finally, it is always advisable to take a look at the history of matches between sides, particularly in recent seasons. 

Doing so will give you a greater understanding of key rivalries and trends that can be invaluable to your betting decisions. Teams that have a strong record against a certain opposition often have a psychological edge, thus giving them the upper hand in a match. 

Combining the factors above is a sure-fire way to improve your betting success. Once you’ve got a solid strategy in place, head over to your favourite bookmaker and lock in those winning bets without delay!

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What to avoid when making Currie Cup predictions: 

Now that we’ve covered what you should consider in your betting strategy, let’s take a look at the common mistakes to avoid at all costs:

  • Ignoring fixture congestion 
  • Overlooking head-to-head results
  • Betting blindly on well-known teams
  • Placing wagers based on bias or allegiance
  • Neglecting team and competition statistics
  • Practising poor bankroll management 

Many punters are guilty of making one or more of these mistakes when betting on the Currie Cup, which significantly reduces their chances of placing successful bets. Don’t fall into the same trap!

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Currie Cup prediction: Statistics You Need to Know

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To help give you an indication of the trends to look out for, here are some of the facts from the last edition of the Currie Cup. 

  • Average points per match: 54.6
  • Average points scored at home: 27.7
  • Average points scored away from home: 26.1
  • Matches with +2.5 point difference: 53
  • Matches within +7.5 points of each other: 40
  • Matches within +14.5 points of each other: 28
  • Matches within +24.5 points of each other: 13
  • Matches with a +29.5 point difference: 7
  • Team wins at home: 55% of matches
  • Draw: 2% of matches
  • Away wins: 43% of matches

Based on the above, the narrow handicap market is likely to be the most commonly placed bet during the Currie Cup as well as backing higher scores. Keep in mind that matches during the earlier stages of the competition tend to be much more open and high-scoring, while games closer to the end of the competition tend to be much closer. 

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In short: how to make the right Currie Cup predictions?

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While predicting winning outcomes for every bet is virtually impossible, following the tips above will significantly improve your chances. 

Avoiding the common mistakes of punters when betting on Currie Cup matches is also prudent. Remember, there are no shortcuts to placing winning bets!

And finally, leverage the information and insights provided by verified experts, such as those here at SportyTrader, as their years of experience in crafting Currie Cup predictions can significantly help you increase your win rate and profits. 

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Currie Cup: best odds

19 Jul 2024 - 09:00 Golden Lions - Griquas
1 1.19
X 36
2 7.2
19 Jul 2024 - 11:00 Blue Bulls - Cheetahs
1 2.3
X 21
2 1.76
19 Jul 2024 - 13:00 Ford Pumas - Sharks
1 1.36
X 26
2 3.26
19 Jul 2024 - 13:00 Sharks - Ford Pumas
1 4.04
X 20
2 1.26
21 Jul 2024 - 09:00 Griffons - Western Province
1 11.7
X 50
2 1.08

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