Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Johannesburg based Lions and the Bloemfontein based Cheetahs the Lions have won three and the Cheetahs two.
For the last seven matches between these two teams or since 2009 the Lions and Cheetahs have alternated wins one after the other. Before that both teams alternated winning two matches in a row.
The Lions have therefore played the Cheetahs 10 times since the Cheetahs joined Super Rugby in 2006 and the Lions have won five and lost five. There have been no draws.
The average score when the Lions play the Cheetahs across all venues is: Lions 20 Cheetahs 30.
The Lions have had home advantage over the Cheetahs on four occasions and they have won 2 matches and lost two matches - again a record of winning 50% of their matches.
The average score when the Lions play the Cheetahs at home is Lions 23 Cheetahs 31.
In 2009 the Lions have played 15 matches and won six matches and lost nine matches. At home in Johannesburg the Lions have played seven and won 5 - losing two at home.
That gives the Lions a record of winning 71% of their home matches.
The Cheetahs have also played 15 matches so far this year and they have won 4 matches, drawn one and lost 10. They have played 7 matches away from home and have yet to win on the road.
The Cheetahs beat the Sharks last week at home in Bloemfontein so coach Naka Drotske has retained the squad that delivered last week's result.
The Lions have made surprise move of naming Elton Jantjies at flyhalf instead of Marnitz Boshoff who kicked the match winning drop goal when the teams met in February earlier this year.
The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 2 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Lions have a good record at home this year in contrast to the Cheetahs away record. The Lions should edge this by 1.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/HD on the Red Button.
Average score: Lions 20 Cheetahs 30
Last five results
15 Feb 2014 Lions v Cheetahs 21-20 Bloemfontein
07 Apr 2012 Lions v Cheetahs 5-26 Welkom
25 Feb 2012 Lions v Cheetahs 27-25 Johannesburg
06 May 2011 Lions v Cheetahs 19-53 Johannesburg
12 Mar 2011 Lions v Cheetahs 25-20 Bloemfontein
Lions overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 10, Wins 5, Losses 5 , Draws 0
Match No. 119: Lions v Cheetahs
Date :Saturday 12 July
Venue : Ellis Park
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Jaco van Heerden
15. Andries Coetzee , 14. Lionel Mapoe , 13. Stokkies Hanekom , 12. Alwyn Hollenbach , 11. Anthony Volmink , 10. Elton Jantjies , 9. Ross Cronje , 8. Warren Whiteley , 7. Warwick Tecklenburg , 6. Jaco Kriel , 5. Franco van der Merwe , 4. Franco Mostert , 3. Julian Redelinghuys , 2. Robbie Coetzee , 1. Schalk van der Merwe
Replacements : 16. Armand van der Merwe , 17. Corne Fourie , 18. Ruan Dreyer , 19. Willie Britz , 20. Derick Minnie , 21. Faf de Klerk , 22. Marnitz Boshoff , 23. Courtnall Skosan
1 Trevor Nyakane ,2 Adriaan Strauss (c ) ,3 Coenie Oosthuizen ,4 Lodewyk de Jager ,5 Francois Uys ,6 Torsten van Jaarsveld ,7 Teboho Mohoje ,8 Philip van der Walt ,9 Sarel Pretorius ,10 Johan Goosen ,11Raymond Rhule,12 Ryno Benjamin ,13 Johann Sadie ,14 Cornal Hendricks ,15 Willie le Roux ( vc )
Replacements: 16. Caylib Oosthuizen ,17. Luan de Bruin ,18. Carl Wegner ,19. Jean Cook ,20. Henco Venter ,21. Shaun Venter ,22. Elgar Watts ,23. Hennie Daniller